Dariusz Szczeponek

On June 19, 2015, in , by Jody Ewing

Dariusz “Darek” Szczeponek Homicide Dariusz “Darek” Szczeponek 25 YOA Annie’s Launderette 819 Sycamore St. Waterloo, IA Black Hawk County Investigating Agency: Waterloo Police Department September 29, 1993   Information provided by Brice Lippert, Waterloo Police Department Black Hawk County in Iowa   Waterloo in Black Hawk County Dariusz “Darek” Szczeponek, a 25-year-old University of Northern […]

Lana Anderson

On February 16, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Lana Jane Anderson Homicide Lana J. Anderson 43 YOA Landmark South apartments 200 Dickman Avenue  Room 197, Building 204 Des Moines, IA Polk County Case # 1991-19466 May 10, 1991   Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing   Polk County in Iowa   Des Moines in Polk County Lana Jane Anderson, a 43-year-old Waukon, Iowa […]

Brian Schappert

On January 23, 2011, in , by Jody Ewing

Brian Lee Schappert Homicide — CLOSED Brian Lee Schappert 22 YOA Kum & Go Convenience Store 2743 Mount Vernon Rd. SE Cedar Rapids, Iowa Linn County Case Number: 92-08179 September 8, 1989 UPDATE: Cold case murder of Cedar Rapids man 30 years ago closed by police Two men police believe killed 22-year-old Brian Schappert are […]

Rhonda Knutson

On December 15, 2010, in , by Jody Ewing

Rhonda Anette Knutson Homicide Rhonda Anette Knutson 22 YOA Phillips 66 Convenience Store U.S. Highway 63 Williamstown / New Hampton, IA Chickasaw County (Jurisdiction) DCI Case Number: 92-07040 September 7, 1992   Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing   Early on Monday, September 7, 1992, Rhonda Anette Knutson was murdered while working the 9 p.m. […]

Killer Leaves Clues in Blood: John Robert Hill

On November 21, 2010, in Anniversaries, by Jody Ewing

It’s been 34 years since two young men found John Robert Hill, 51, lying face down in a small room at the Ottumwa Launderette Hill owned and operated on East Main Street in Ottumwa. Authorities said Hill had been stabbed 21 times and also had been shot. A .25-caliber pistol was on the floor near Hill’s […]

Fred Coste: Unsolved Murder Hits 51 Years

On October 14, 2010, in Anniversaries, by Jody Ewing

  Frederick “Fred” Coste, 47, was found October 15, 1959, lying face-up in a pool of blood inside his loan interview cubicle at the Family Finance Corporation in Cedar Rapids where he worked. He had been punched in the left eye and then stabbed six times in the chest. Now more than a half-century cold, […]

Tonight at 10: Julie Bell Davis

On August 19, 2010, in Media, News, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

As part of the ongoing “Cold Case Thursdays” series, WHO-TV Channel 13’s Aaron Brilbeck will report tonight on the unsolved August 1997 Julie Bell Davis slaying. Davis, a 33-year-old Marion, Iowa, mother of two, was found August 28, 1997, in the Skyline Display’s satellite office in east downtown Des Moines where she worked. Her throat […]

Two Young Women: Pam Hinrichs and Kimberly Ratliff

On January 12, 2010, in Anniversaries, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

As I continue adding and updating pages on the Iowa Cold Cases website, I’m constantly amazed at the number of young women killed either on their way to work or after leaving work, and sometimes, even while still on the job. And while victimology studies and reports often help profilers and investigators track down offenders, […]

Three True Things: The Traits that Define Cold Case Families

On September 12, 2009, in Letters, The Families, Young Women, by Jody Ewing

A day seldom goes by that I don’t receive e-mail asking about an Iowa cold case, but occasionally one arrives that — before I’ve even clicked to open and read it — makes my heart skip a beat or two. They are the ones where I recognize the sender’s last name because it matches a […]