Guest Blog: I Never Knew You

On December 5, 2015, in Anniversaries, Guest Blogs, The Families, by Jody Ewing

Today’s guest blog post is written by Cindy Kraft-Chevalier, the niece of Council Bluffs Police Officer John L. Stephens. Stephens, 32, and Paul J. Rayer, 51, were shot and killed on Tuesday, December 5, 1967, during a robbery of “Club 64,” an upscale steakhouse about a half-mile east of Council Bluffs’ city limits where Stephens moonlighted […]

Denise and Dixie Eberly

On November 15, 2015, in , by Jody Ewing

Courtesy photo Clarinda Herald Journal The five Eberly children, L to R: Larry, Ricky, Denise, Otis, and Dixie. Denise and Dixie died in the Oct. 15, 1964 fire set at their rural New Market home. Denise and Dixie Eberly Double Homicide Denise Diane Eberly, 3 years old Dixie Lynne Eberly, 13 months old Rural New […]

Keith Clayborne and Jerry Cooper

On March 26, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Double Homicide Keith Clayborne II, 20 and Jerry Fonzo Cooper, 23 3205 Kingman Blvd., Apt. #208 Des Moines, IA Polk County Case # 1991-12517 March 27, 1991   Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing On Wednesday, March 27, 1991, Keith Anthony Clayborne II, 20, and Jerry F. Cooper, 23, were shot execution style at 3205 […]

John Stephens and Paul Rayer

On January 30, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Paul J. Rayer John L. Stephens John L. Stephens and Paul J. Rayer Double Homicide John L. Stephens, 32 Paul J. Rayer, 51 Case # 67-01188 “Club 64” Restaurant Council Bluffs, Iowa Pottawattamie County December 5, 1967   Recent Updates Dec. 21, 2015: “Nearly 50 years later, Council Bluffs family still searching for answers in […]

John and Janet Taylor

On January 29, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

John and Janet Taylor Double Homicide John Budd Taylor, 54 YOA Janet Faye Taylor, 52 YOA 2223 E. Maple Des Moines, IA Polk County Case # 1999-29020 August 3, 1999   Case summary by Jody Ewing   John and Janet Taylor — both in their 50s — were found dead in their burning home early […]

Debbie Laubenthal and Ray Henkins

On January 28, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Double Homicide Debbie Rose Laubenthal Raymond Morris Henkins Debbie Laubenthal, 18 YOA, of Bancroft, IA DOB: November 17, 1957 Raymond Henkins, 30 YOA, of Emmetsburg, IA DOB: August 28, 1946 Killed near Depew, IA Palo Alto County Criminal Case No. 3327 Date: October 23, 1976   Case summary by Jody Ewing On Saturday morning, Oct. […]

Rose Burkert and Roger Atkison

On January 24, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Rose Z. Burkert and Roger E. Atkison   Double Homicide                   Rose Z. Burkert, 22 Roger E. Atkison, 32 DCI Case # 80-06274 Amana Holiday Inn Room 260 Williamsburg, Iowa Iowa County September 12, 1980 Iowa’s Unsolved: Hotel murders still haunt Amana community, 40 years later Sept. […]

John and Michelle Franklin

On January 3, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

John Franklin Sr. and Michelle Franklin Double Homicide John Franklin, Sr., 35 Michelle Franklin, 22 702 Mill Street Eddyville, IA Wapello County January 3, 1978   Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing John Franklin, Sr., 35, a central Iowa factory worker, and his 22-year-old wife Michelle were shot to death in their Eddyville, Iowa, home […]

Willard Woodring and Richard Buchanan

On December 16, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Double Homicide Willard Charles Woodring, 42 Richard G. Buchanan, 49 Hawkeye Hotel 100 Johnson Keokuk, Iowa Lee County DCI Case # 60-00902 October 9, 1960   Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing Willard C. Woodring, the 42-year-old owner of the former Hawkeye Hotel in Keokuk, Iowa, and Richard G. Buchanan, 42, of Colona, Illinois, were […]