Earl Thelander

On October 26, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Earl Thelander — A Nation’s First Copper Thieves Steal Lives Homicide Earl Thelander 80 YOA Home Residence: 710 1st Street, Onawa, IA Crime Location: 20877 Gum Ave., Onawa, IA Monona County Investigating Agencies: Monona County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Case # 07-SO0855 Date of Crime: August 28, 2007 Date of Death: […]


On October 21, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Onawa in Monona County Monona County Cold Cases in Onawa, Iowa       Earl Thelander Earl Thelander 80 YOA Crime Location: 20877 Gum Ave. Onawa, Iowa (Monona County) Case # 07-SO0855 Date of Crime: August 28, 2007 Date of Death: Sept. 1, 2007 Earl Thelander of Onawa, IA, died September 1, 2007 from burns […]

Monona County

On October 21, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Monona County Cold Cases in Monona County, Iowa   Please Note: Some of these cases may fall under a city police department’s jurisdiction. They are listed here for cross-reference purposes. For more information, please visit the individual victim’s case summary page.   Homicide George Earl Dean 55 YOA Mapleton, IA Monona County Case # 66-00722 […]

The Copper Theft Epidemic

On October 19, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Earl Thelander of Onawa, Iowa, became the nation’s first innocent copper theft fatality. Thelander died Sept. 1, 2007, after sustaining second- and third-degree burns over 80% of his body in an explosion caused by copper thieves. Cold Cases Just Waiting to Happen: The Copper Theft Epidemic Copper theft is a serious, deadly crime, and a […]

Cold Case Thursdays on WHO-TV Channel 13

On July 23, 2010, in Media, News, The Families, by Jody Ewing

All this month, WHO-TV Channel 13 in Des Moines has been profiling Iowa Cold Cases during July sweeps. The NBC affiliate’s Aaron Brilbeck crossed the state to interview victims’ family members as well as law enforcement officials who have dedicated countless hours in search of justice for victims and families alike. For those who may […]

Mom and Earl – They’re Famous, You Know; You’ve Probably Heard of Them

On March 7, 2008, in The Families, by Jody Ewing

I swear I wasn’t intentionally eavesdropping. In fact, I’ve wanted to tell this story for a long time. I’d been saving it for a chapter in my book, but feel now I’ve got to share at least part of it as it relates to “Dad Earl” and my mother, Hope. The year is 1992. We’d […]

Please Support Iowa House Study Bill 660

On February 24, 2008, in Rewards, by Jody Ewing

This used to be a home. That was before copper thieves came in the night and cut propane lines and let it fill with gas to later explode with a man inside. That man was my stepfather, Earl Thelander. My grandparents used to live here. After my grandfather died, my folks purchased the rural home […]