Cause of Death: Bludgeoned
Murder Scene and Date
Two miles West of Eldon, Iowa
April 3, 1877
By Nancy Bowers
In the first week of April 1877, 28-year-old farmer Thomas Tolbert was found bludgeoned to death in his bed on a farm on the Southwestern Road two miles west of Eldon, Iowa.
Written September 2014
His tenants had recently moved, so he lived on the property alone.
Tolbert died from a skull fracture. The apparent motive for the murder — likely committed on April 3 — was robbery, although it was believed that Tolbert had little money on hand.
The Postville Review termed the death “a mysterious murder.”
Please note: Use of information from this article should credit Nancy Bowers as the author and Iowa Unsolved Murders: Historic Cases as the source.
- “Iowa State News,” Postville Review, April 7, 1877, p. 3.