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The Frozen Body: Murder of James Edgar “Ed” Knotts 1895

Murder Victim James Edgar “Ed” Knotts 23-year-old Farmer 1872-1895 Cause of Death: Bludgeoned Motive: Unknown Murder Scene and Date Charles R. McCuddin Home Elijah W. Knotts Farm Virginia Township Near New Virginia, Iowa Warren County January 23, 1895 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By … Continue reading

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“Sensational and Cold-Blooded Affair”: Murder of Arthur Mead 1903

Murder Victim Arthur C. “Art” Mead 26-year-old Jeweler 1876-1903 Cause of Death: Gunshot Motive: Robbery Murder Scene and Date Thomas McCarthy’s Lunch Room Near the Rock Island Depot West Liberty, Iowa Muscatine County May 14, 1903 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers … Continue reading

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Bullied and Bantered: Unresolved Murder of Jesse Wilkerson 1869

Murder Victim Jesse Skinner Wilkerson 38-year-old Farmer Civil War Veteran 1831-1869 Cause of Death: Kicked Motive: Bullying Murder Scene and Date Cummings Saloon Hamburg, Iowa Fremont County Attacked December 9, 1869 Died December 12, 1869 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers Written … Continue reading

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Lynch Law: Murder of Reuben Proctor 1877

Murder Victim Reuben B. “Rube” Proctor 26-year-old Farmer 1851-1877 Cause of Death: Hanging Motive: Vigilante Justice Murder Scene and Date Schonburg Community Belmont Township Near Milo, Iowa Warren County November 14, 1877 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers Written March 2016 It … Continue reading

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The Brave Girl: Murder of Augusta Kading 1877

Murder Victim Augusta Kading 19-year-old Farm Girl 1858-1877 Cause of Death: Gunshot Motive: Home Invasion Murder Scene and Date Belmont Township Near Milo, Iowa Warren County Shot October 31, 1877 Died November 16, 1877 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers Written March … Continue reading

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Death by Politics: Unresolved Murder of Silas McCart 1860

Murder Victim Silas McCart 35-year-old Farmer 1825-1860 Cause of Death: Stabbed Motive: Political Disagreement Murder Scene and Date John A. Mix Home Batavia, Iowa Jefferson County October 26, 1860 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers Written August 2015 Few aspects of American … Continue reading

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The Burning Shack: Murder of Martin Cummins 1925

Murder Victim Martin Cummins Middle-Aged Bachelor Cause of Death: Undetermined, Set on Fire Motive: Robbery Murder Scene and Date Cummins Shack West Side of Meriden, Iowa Cherokee County January 18, 1925 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers Written August 2015 At 7:30 … Continue reading

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The Beckoning Hand: Murder of Alma Harrison 1905

Murder Victim Alma Harrison 17-year-old Daughter of Prominent Davenport Family 1888-1905 Murder Scene and Date Mississippi River Disappeared at Buffalo, Iowa Scott County July 17, 1905 Found 8 miles North of Muscatine, Iowa Muscatine County July 22, 1905 Cause of … Continue reading

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  Long ago in Iowa, a man walked through shadowy woods and stopped. Was he going somewhere or was he coming back? Was something unspeakable about to happen to him? Or was he contemplating a horrific act? Was he searching … Continue reading

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