Tag Archives: Unsolved Iowa Murders

“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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Highwaymen: Murders of Andrew and Nancy Casteel 1856

Murder Victims Andrew J. Casteel 24-year-old Farmer 1832-1856 Nancy D. Mosier Casteel 22-year-old Farm Wife 1834-1856 Motive: Robbery Murder Scene and Date Farm Field Near Montezuma, Iowa Poweshiek County September 24, 1856 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers Written March 2016 A … 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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65 Cents: Murder of “Smitty” Smith 1924

Murder Victim “Smitty” Smith 25-year-old Brick Mason Minnesota Resident Cause of Death: Undetermined, Set On Fire Motive: Robbery Murder Scene and Date Burned-Out Strawstack Rail Yard Merrill, Iowa Plymouth County December 28, 1924 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers Written August 2015 … Continue reading

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Too Long at the Fair: Murder of Robert McQuestian 1873

Murder Victim Robert McQuestian Resident of Alpha, Illinois ?-1873 Cause of Death: Kicked and Stabbed Motive: Robbery Murder Scene and Date Attacked at the Scott County Fair Found at 18th and Brady Streets Davenport, Iowa Scott County September 5, 1873 … 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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