Resident of Sandusky County, Ohio
Cause of Death: Mutilated
Murder Scene and Date
Near Frankville Township
South of Decorah, Iowa
By Nancy Bowers
During the second week of January in 1867, a man’s body was discovered under a haystack on Washington Prairie a few miles from Frankville in Winneshiek County.
A newspaper reported about the body:
“It presented a sickening and ghastly sight.”
He was bruised and had numerous cuts from a large, sharp knife.
But, there was something odd and even more disturbing about the body. The man’s hair and whiskers had been cropped off.
Despite attempts to make the body unrecognizable, local residents identified the victim as William Clugston — described as “a young man” from Sandusky, Ohio — who recently sold valuable horses in the area for a substantial amount of money.
No possessions or money were found on Clugston’s body, indicating robbery was the motive.
Please note: Use of information in this article should credit Nancy Bowers as the author and Iowa Unsolved Murders: Historic Cases as the source.
- ☛ “State News,” Dubuque Daily Herald, January 15, 1867.