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The Well Digger: Murder of Peter Hendrickson 1895

Murder Victim Peter Hendrickson 47-Year-Old Well Digger And Stone Mason 1848-1895 Cause of Death: Unknown (Staged Suicide) Motive: Unknown Murder Scene and Date Keokuk and Des Moines Railroad Bridge Des Moines, Iowa Polk County October 5, 1895 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy … Continue reading

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Mistaken Identity: Murder of Peter Ross 1909

Murder Victim Pete Ross Coal Miner ?-1909 Cause of Death: Slashed, Axed, Shot Motive: Unknown Murder Scene and Date Murdered in Des Moines, Iowa Polk County February 1909 Found in Des Moines River at Ottumwa, Iowa Wapello County March 6, … Continue reading

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The Cooler: Suspicious Death of David T. Todd 1887

Victim David T. Todd 47-year-old Butter & Egg Commission Dealer Civil War Veteran 1839-1887 Cause of Death: Chloroform Motive: Unknown Death Scene and Date E.S. Todd & Company 115 Walnut Street Des Moines, Iowa Polk County February 12, 1887 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ … Continue reading

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Acting Oddly: Murder of Daniel Kelleher 1904

Murder Victim Daniel Kelleher 28-year-old Railroad Worker Burlington Northern Railroad 1876-1904 Cause of Death: Beaten Motive: Robbery Murder Scene and Date Assaulted at Unknown Location Died at Mercy Hospital Des Moines, Iowa Polk County November 30, 1904 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy … Continue reading

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Below the Melan Arch Bridge: Baby John Doe 1898

Murder Victim Baby John Doe Newborn Infant 1898-1898 Cause of Death: Bludgeoned Motive: Infanticide Murder Scene and Date Des Moines River Sixth Avenue Melan Arch Bridge Des Moines, Iowa Polk County April 22, 1898 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers Written June … Continue reading

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Death at the Chamberlain: Murder of Judy Ann Corbin 1967

Murder Victim Judy Ann Corbin 17-year-old Waitress, Clerk, & Go-Go Dancer 1949-1967 Cause of Death: Slashed Motive: Unknown Murder Scene and Date Chamberlain Hotel 7th and Locust Streets Des Moines, Iowa Polk County April 17, 1967 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers … Continue reading

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Babe in the Woods: Murder of an Infant Girl 1910

Murder Victim Infant Girl February 25-March 4, 1910 Cause of Death: Strangulation Motive: Infanticide Murder Scene and Date Johnson Woods North of Iowa City, Iowa Johnson County March 4, 1910 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers Written March 2013 It was 4:30 … Continue reading

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Tracks in the Night: Murder of Edward Moore 1898

Murder Victim Edward “Ed” Moore 23-year-old Farmhand James LeGore Farm 1875-1898 Cause of Death: Gunshot Motive: Robbery Murder Scene and Date Railroad Tracks 1 mile north of Ely, Iowa Putnam Township Linn County October 20, 1898 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers … Continue reading

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Double Identity: Murder of George Griswold 1905

Murder Victim George Ruggles Griswold 41-year-old Iowa Agent State Mutual Life Assurance Company 1864-1905 Cause of Death: Undetermined Motive: Business Quarrel Murder Scene and Date Conjunction of Des Moines & Raccoon rivers Des Moines, Iowa Polk County September 13, 1905 … Continue reading

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Picture Imperfect: Suspicious Death of Oliver Pearson 1896

Victim Oliver E. Pearson 39-year-old Photographer and Artist 1857-1896 Cause of Death: Pushed From a Height Motive: Business Quarrel Death Scene and Date Pearson Gallery East 6th & East Locust Des Moines, Iowa Polk County March 20, 1896 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By … Continue reading

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