Never Another New Year’s Celebration

On December 31, 2015, in Anniversaries, The Families, by Jody Ewing

When Charles Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities, published in 1859, he wasn’t thinking about the days leading up to Christmas, the short time between Christmas and New Year’s Day, or the beginning of yet another year without long awaited answers. Yet in the first few words of this remarkable novel, he seems to capture […]

Robert Scott

On March 29, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Polk County in Iowa  Des Moines in Polk County Robert D. Scott Homicide Robert “Bob” D. Scott 43 YOA 1000 Blk, E. 12th Street Des Moines, IA Polk County Police Case # 1996-22677 May 30, 1996 obert D. Scott, a 43-year-old Des Moines cab driver, was killed on duty May 30, 1996, while driving his taxi in […]

Homicides – 1950s

On March 26, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

The Cases – Homicides (1950 – 1959) BY ERA: Up through 1899 | 1900s | 1910s | 1920s | 1930s | 1940s | 1950s | 1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000 – present | Missing Persons The cases below include unsolved Iowa homicides from 1950 – 1959, and are listed in chronological order. If you know of a case not listed here or have information you’d like included […]

Leon Groves

On February 16, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Leon E. Groves Homicide Leon E. Groves 40 YOA SE 18th & Scott Des Moines, IA Polk County Case Number: 1951-9296 December 22, 1951 Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing eon Groves, a full-time Des Moines optician who worked part-time as a taxicab driver, was shot to death in his cab three days before Christmas […]

William Freimuth

On February 4, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Webster County in Iowa Fort Dodge in Webster County William Henry Freimuth Homicide William Henry Freimuth 71 YOA Fawkes Standard Service Station Highway 20 Fort Dodge, Iowa Webster County DCI Case # 61-00355 February 16, 1961   illiam H. Freimuth, a 71-year-old Fort Dodge service station attendant, was shot in the back of the head […]

Polk County

On October 19, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Polk County, Iowa Note: These are cold cases that exist in Polk County, though many are under the jurisdiction of the Des Moines Police Department or other cities/townships within Polk County. They are listed here for cross-reference purposes because they are within Polk County.   Homicide Officer George William Mattern 27 YOA […]

Des Moines

On October 16, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Cold Cases in Des Moines, Iowa       Note: Individual pages and case summaries for many of these victims are currently being compiled. If you have any information or photos you’d be willing to share, please email us or send via our Contact form. You may also contact the Des Moines Police Department at […]