Tag Archives: unsolved Benton County Iowa murders

Poison Kiss: Murder of Edwin Hodges 1869

Murder Victim Edwin F. Hodges 24-year-old Farmer 1845-1869 Cause of Death: Poison Motive: Elimination of Husband to Obtain Wife Murder Scene and Date James McQuinn Home Florence Township (formerly Cue) Benton County January 8, 1869 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers Written … Continue reading

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Teatotaling Klanswoman: Murder of Myrtle Cook: 1925

Murder Victim Myrtle Elizabeth Underwood Cook 51-year-old Homemaker President,┬áBenton County W.C.T.U. President, Benton County Women of the KKK 1874-1925 Cause of Death: Gunshot Motive: Personal Assassination Murder Scene and Date 703 3rd Avenue Vinton, Iowa Benton County September 7, 1925 … Continue reading

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Christmas Day Death on Mud Creek: Murder of Henry Stephens 1876

Murder Victim Henry Stephens 66-year-old Farmer 1810-1876 Cause of Death: Pushed From a Height Motive: Robbery Murder Scene and Date Railroad Bridge Over Mud Creek One Mile East of Vinton, Iowa Benton County Christmas Day, 1876 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers … Continue reading

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