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Sarah Ann Ottens: A Remembrance and Tribute by David Jindrich

By David Jindrich Written 2011 My wife and I are avid genealogy researchers, auditing cemeteries and researching the history of our own genealogy and of those who settled the Midwest. We have walked many cemeteries in eastern Iowa and western … Continue reading

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Spring Break Killer: Murder of Sarah Ann Ottens 1973

Murder Victim Sarah Ann Ottens 20-year-old Student University of Iowa 1953-1973 Cause of Death: Suffocated Motive: Sexual Psychopathy Murder Scene and Date Room 429, Rienow Hall University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa Johnson County March 13, 1973 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy … Continue reading

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“Right Place, Wrong Time”: Murder of Edward Kriz 1962

Murder Victim Edward A. Kriz 43-year-old Owner George’s Buffet Tavern 1919-1962 Cause of Death: Gunshot Motive: Elimination of Witness Murder Scene and Date Hamburg Inn No. 2 214 North Linn Street Iowa City, Iowa Johnson County November 10, 1962 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ … Continue reading

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“My God, It’s a Man”: Murder of Robert McCullough 1947

Murder Victim Robert Douglas McCullough 34-year-old WWII Army Veteran F.C. Dickinson Company Employee Last Seen February 23, 1947 Des Moines, Iowa Polk County Cause of Death: Gunshot Motive: Unknown Recovery Scene and Date 1/4 Mile E. of Iowa River Hills, … Continue reading

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“He’s Got a Roll”: Murder of Jared Ham 1911

Murder Victim Jared Ham 56-year-old Retired House Painter and Paper Hanger 1855-1911 Cause of Death: Bludgeoned Motive: Robbery Murder Scene and Date Indian Lookout, Iowa River Near Iowa City, Iowa Johnson County September 24, 1911 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers Written … Continue reading

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The Coffee that Killed the Frog: Murder of Winfield S. Carpenter 1904

Murder Victim Winfield S. Carpenter 50 year-old Carpet Weaver 1853-1904 Cause of Death: Poison Motive: Family Quarrel Murder Scene and Date Boat House, Iowa River Iowa City, Iowa Johnson County August 12, 1904 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers Written August 2011 … Continue reading

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