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“Lilies of Soul-Less Sin”: Murders of Max Noack and Ora Minter 1895

Murder Victims Max Noack 22-Year-Old Farmhand 1872-1895 Ora Minter, a.k.a Hazel Hammond 18-year-old Prostitute 1876-1895 Cause of Deaths: Gunshots Motive: Robbery Murder Scene and Date Maud Hoyle’s Brothel 209 Fourth Street, Second Floor Sioux City, Iowa Woodbury County August 25, … Continue reading

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Valentine Death: Murder of Catherine Decora 1965

Murder Victim Catherine Decora (Katherine DeKora) 1917-1965 Cause of Death: Beaten Motive: Drinking Party Gone Wrong Murder Scene and Date Kenneth Taylor Residence Sioux City, Iowa Woodbury County February 14, 1965 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers Written June 2010 The Valentine’s … Continue reading

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In the Big Muddy: Murder of Sherman Casper 1935

Murder Victim Sherman G. Casper 36-year-old Farmhand WWI Veteran 1899-1935 Cause of Death: Beaten Motive: Robbery Murder Scene and Date Sioux City, Iowa Woodbury County Body found in Missouri River Thurston County, Nebraska April 20, 1935 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers … Continue reading

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Death at the Hardware Store: Murders of Harry Jones and William Laugesen 1925

Murder Victims Harry H. Jones 32-year-old Laborer Armour Packing Plant 1893-1925 William Laugesen 33-year-old Clerk C.A. Larson Hardware Store 1891-1925 Cause of Deaths: Gunshots Motive: Robbery Murder Scene and Date C.A. Larson Hardware Store 1102 4th Street Sioux City, Iowa … Continue reading

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“True Disciple of Pollyanna”: Murder of Thecla Gerken 1917

Murder Victim Thecla Merle Gerken 23-year-old School Teacher 1894-1917 Cause of Death: Gunshot Motive: Romantic Obsession Murder Scene and Date Jones and 9th streets Sioux City, Iowa Woodbury County June 27, 1917 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ By Nancy Bowers Written May 2012 During … Continue reading

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