The Cases – Homicides (1960 – 1969)

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The cases below include unsolved Iowa homicides from 1960 – 1969, and are listed in chronological order. If you know of a case not listed here or have information you’d like included with an existing page, please contact us with relevant details and we’ll respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.

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Darleen FitchettDarleen Fitchett
28 YOA
608 E. Pleasant View Dr.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1960-1563
January 19, 1960
Dorothy CoonDorothy Coon
38 YOA
Rural Chariton, IA
Lucas County
Case # 60-07871
August 26, 1960
Murder Case Never ClosedDouble Homicide
Willard Woodring

42 YOA
Hawkeye Hotel Brothel
Keokuk, IA
October 9, 1960
Richard BuchananDouble Homicide
Richard Buchanan

49 YOA
Hawkeye Hotel Brothel
Keokuk, IA
October 9, 1960
Des Moines logo Floyd Cramer
612 14th St.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1960-14495
December 9, 1960
William MeadowsWilliam Meadows
36 YOA
Hartmann Packing Plant
Plainfield, IA
Case # 61-00280
January 23, 1961
Clarence CaseClarence Case
62 YOA
1646 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA
Case # 1961-00273
February 16, 1961
1965 Killings Go Unsolved clipWilliam Freimuth
71 YOA
Fawkes Gas Station
Fort Dodge, IA
Case # 61-00280
February 16, 1961
Ramona Jean CoxRamona Jean Cox
24 YOA
1526 Woodland Ave.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 62-00508
April 22, 1962
1974-9-8-dmr-still-feel-scars-clipEarl J. Lambert
58 YOA
E. 14th street bridge
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1962-12962
October 1, 1962
Lucille DeVriesLucille DeVries
22 YOA
Mason City, IA
Cerro Gordo County
Case # 63-00204
October 10, 1962
Edward KrizEdward J. Kriz
43 YOA
Hamburg Inn No. 2
214 N. Linn St.
Iowa City, IA
November 10, 1962
Anna Maria Medici headstoneAnna Maria Medici
21 YOA
Carney, IA
Polk County
Case # 62-01063
November 16, 1962
George GearyGeorge Geary
40 YOA
Keosauqua & Crocker
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1963-601
January 13, 1963
Henry Hults headstoneHenry Hults
62 YOA
Oxford Junction
Jones County, IA
Case # 63-00430
March 22, 1963
Roscoe Harris headstoneRoscoe D. Harris
46 YOA
RR Casey
Guthrie County, IA
Case # 63-00639
July 6, 1963
Frances RaffertyFrancis J. Rafferty
58 YOA
Dubuque, IA
Dubuque County
Case # 64-00326
February 8, 1964
Denise EberlyDouble Homicide
Denise Diane Eberly

New Market, IA
Taylor County
October 15, 1964
Dixie EberlyDouble Homicide
Dixie Lynne Eberly

13 mos. old
New Market, IA
Taylor County
October 15, 1964
Double Homicide
Sherrie Lee Martin

Dubuque, IA
Case # 65-00461
March 6, 1965
Double Homicide
Victoria Lynne Martin

Dubuque, IA
Case # 65-00461
March 6, 1965
Myrtle CumpstonMyrtle Z. Cumpston
60 YOA
C & K Aqualand
Dallas County, IA
Case # 65-00401
March 9, 1965
Lillian RandolphLillian E. Randolph
56 YOA
Guthrie Center, IA
Guthrie County
Case # 1965-7249
May 2, 1965
Donald NervigDonald Nervig
52 YOA
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
Case # 1965-20581
December 15, 1965
Harold Holt gravestoneHarold Holt
24 YOA
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
Case # 66-00274
January 1, 1966
Effie BellEffie Corelis Bell
46 YOA
Madrid, IA
Found in Dallas County
Case # 66-00666
March 20, 1966
Ronald LipsiusRonald F. Lipsius
30 YOA
812 South Summit St.
Iowa City, IA
Johnson County
May 16, 1966
unidentified-logoUn-ID White Male
Missouri River
Fremont County, IA
Case # 66-00724
May 26, 1966
George Dean headstoneGeorge Earl Dean
55 YOA
Mapleton, IA
Monona County
Case # 66-00722
June 29, 1966
Norma Jean HorgenNorma Jean Horgen
18 YOA
Mason City, IA
Cerro Gordo County
Case # 66-01036
September 10, 1966
Fred Sanders headstoneFred B. Sanders
43 YOA
Chariton, IA
Lucas County
Case # 66-01164
November 11, 1966
Gloria Slump yearbook photoGloria Fay Slump
24 YOA
Council Bluffs, IA
Pottawattamie County
Case # 67-00368
March 3, 1967
Judy CorbinJudy Ann Corbin
17 YOA
Hotel Chamberlain
Des Moines, IA
Polk County
April 19, 1967
Joe Floyd headstoneJoe Junior Floyd
42 YOA
Council Bluffs, IA
Pottawattamie County
Case # D67-18
July 1, 1967
Leota CampLeota Camp
25 YOA
3213 Flemming Ave.
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1967-10836
July 10, 1967
Paul RayerPaul J. Rayer
51 YOA
Club 64 Restaurant
Council Bluffs, IA
Case # 67-01188
December 5, 1967
Officer John StephensJohn L. Stephens
32 YOA
Club 64 Restaurant
Council Bluffs, IA
Case # 67-01188
December 5, 1967
Sheila CollinsSheila Jean Collins, 18
ISU Coed
Last seen in Ames
Found in Story County
Case # 68-00287
January 26, 1968
Gary SebekGary Eugene Sebek
20 YOA
1609 Main St.
Hamburg, IA
Fremont County
March 4, 1968
Dale RedmanDale Redman
57 YOA
La Porte City Dairy
La Porte City, IA
Black Hawk County
March 5, 1968
Andy HatgesAndrew Hatges
75 YOA
108 Virginia Ave. SE
Mason City, IA
Cerro Gordo County
March 8, 1968
Geraldine MaggertGeraldine Maggert
25 YOA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Linn County
March 22, 1968
Massie Pittman clipMrs. Massie Pittman
36 YOA
621 N. Harrison
Davenport, IA
Scott County
February 17, 1969
Leo Smith headstoneLeo Joseph Smith
56 YOA
Correctionville, IA
Woodbury County
Case # 69-00525
April 10, 1969
Patricia VeachPatricia Ann Veach
805 SW Lally
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1969-12925
July 10, 1969
Dorothy MillerDorothy H. Miller
48 YOA
118 Grand Street
Burlington, IA
Case # 69-00950
August 18, 1969

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25 Responses to Homicides – 1960s

  1. Patty Long says:

    A very good friend of mine was murdered in Des Moines in the 60’s. Her name was Linda Terry and she was stabbed to death by her mother’s boyfriend’s son if I remember correctly.
    I believe it happened in 1964 or 1965, when she would have been 13. I am interested in learning more about it and what happened to the man who killed her. Hope you can help me. Thank you.

    • JADAMS says:

      I was in high school with her when she was murdered. Probably in 1968-69. I always felt it was a racial murder since she was dating a black guy……not acceptable in those days unfortunately. She was a lovely, beautiful girl.

    • Kathleen says:

      It happened in September of 1968. The boy, age 16, who murdered Linda was sent to prison for life. His name was Gulling. His father, Donald Gulling, married Linda’s mother, Florence, in October 13, 1969, about a month after the murder in their home in Des Moines. She was a beautiful girl.

    • K says:

      He committed suicide while in prison.

  2. Joe says:

    Do you know the name of the person who murdered her? It is possible you can look him up to see if he is still in prison. The Corrections Department has a “inmate locator” on its Web site which may be helpful.

  3. mary castagnoli says:

    I grew up with LINDA BOOTH in Fort Dodge, IA. Her father was a highway patrolman (ARLIS BOOTH). LINDA was killed at a dry cleaning shop where she worked before and after school. They were living somewhere around Des Moines or Ames at the time and she would’ve been around 17-18. So this would have happened in 1967/68. I didn’t think they ever solved this case, so I was surprised not to see her listed. Can anyone provide additional information?

    • Joe says:

      I’m not seeing a Niccum on the Corrections site which could mean he has been released or died?

      • DJJ says:

        Michael Charles Niccum #0103259 discharged sentence in Polk County Cause #55814 for Murder, 2nd Degre, on 12 August 1999.

        • JADAMS says:

          He should not be walking the streets. The murder was brutal and I have never forgotten Linda or what she went through. I knew her from 5th grade up until the time she was murdered.

          • mick says:

            Nicum was right handed…evidence withheld by the state says killer was left handed…states witness Lodgson, died 2009, found guilty as accomp.

          • Marlene Chilton says:

            Both Niccum and Logsdon admitted being at the murder scene, throwing out the murder weapon, and throwing out the bloody clothes. It was a matter of which one did it. They were just having a “good time.” I guess when Niccum does it again he might go back to where he belongs. Poor Arlis and Ruby. Linda was a beautiful girl.

    • mike says:

      Linda Booth was killed Nov, of 1968 at a Dry Cleaners in Wakonda Shopping Center in Des Moines. She is buried in the NE part of a cemetery in Indianola, Iowa Her boyfriend , at the time of the murder, Jimmy Lucia, died in 2014 and is buried in the same cemetery. They caught the guy who killed her(with a golf club) and was convicted and sent to prison. Don’t know his name or his disposition. It was a big trial. I didn’t know she grew up in FD, iowa Linda went to Lincoln High school in DM and was Scheduled to Graduate in 1969. She was a knock out beautiful woman. I was working at a Burger Chef near the shopping center,the nite of the murder. I was in the same class at Lincoln High.

      • Steve says:

        Michael Charles Niccum was found guilty of Linda’s murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Don’t know if he was ever paroled or not.

    • Rex Morris says:

      This sounds like the murder that took place at the Arnold Palmer DryCleaners on Fleur drive. The lobby had a Putter as a “prop”. She was beaten to death with that Putter, and yes I do recall that her Father was a State Trooper.

  4. Tina Holdgrafer says:

    My aunt was murdered in Clinton Iowa on November 13, 1967 why can’t I find any information about her murder? Her name was Arlene Adler.

  5. Tina Holdgrafer says:

    Thank you for looking in to this even after all these years my family is still very troubled and wishes for some kind of explanation of who and why my aunt was murdered from what I have been told my grandmother had to identify the body and the only way she knew it was Arlene is from a scar on her ankle her body was stabbed and cut several times.My parents said that her case has never been solved but there were a few suspects but no one has ever been charged with her murder.

  6. Joe says:

    Ron Gulling hung himself in his cell at Iowa State Penitentiary. Must have been in the late 1970’s.

  7. Isabelle says:

    A very good friend of mine was murdered in Des Moines in the 60′s. Her name was Linda Terry and she was stabbed to death by her mother’s boyfriend’s son if I remember correctly.

    • LadyK says:

      Yes, Linda was my second cousins. Their parents went on to stay married until they passed in 2012/2015. Wonderful people and Linda was beautiful

  8. Anna Jackson-Morris says:

    My mother was murdered Oct 25, 1963 by Edward Miller he only did 9yrs I would like to know what ever happened to him,

  9. Anna Jackson-Morris says:

    Don’t see Guzzie Blackwell

  10. Rex Morris says:

    The was a murder in 1961 or 1962 on 29th near school st, I believe it was David Stump was accused of killing Richard Daily.

  11. Rex Morris says:

    Mona Cox in mid 60s at 15th and Woodland across from Hoyt Sherman Place. Believed to have been killed with a Shingle Knife.

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