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She was writing book reviews for a Sioux City newspaper, which even 10 years ago wasn’t considered eye-grabbing material for the masses. An editor asked her to take on a series of cold cases — unsolved murders — the kind you see on TV shows. People love that stuff.
  • 'Everybody's got a Prince story'
    Most people knew him simply as Prince. Tim Gaffney called him Roger Nelson — someone at the Minneapolis video store where Gaffney worked likely misheard “Rogers” while typing up the musician’s video rental membership card decades ago.
  • Unsolved Murder: Donna Lee Marshall

    On Monday, January 8, 1996, Donna Lee Marshall was found in her southeast side Iowa City mobile home with a gunshot wound to the head. She died the following day. Donna’s 7-year-old daughter Tiffany discovered her mother lying on the living room floor of their trailer around 3 p.m. She ran outside to tell Donna’s boyfriend, Donald Matthess, who had just picked up Tiffany from school.

  • The lessons of Ruby Ridge
    Back in the summer of 1983, longtime Bee & Herald columnist Fred Jess wrote in his ever-innocuous “Etc.” column of a chance meeting with a Jefferson native in the men’s room of a Clear Lake restaurant.
  • Unsolved Murder: Charles Francis Jaeger

    On August 29, 1984, Charles Jaeger was found in a pool of blood in his bed at his Dyersville home. He had been shot in the back of the head with a rifle or a handgun. Jaeger’s wife, Eileen, reportedly found his body, surrounded by splattered blood. He was rushed to the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, where he died at 8:23 p.m.

  • 'A trail of glitter'
    Four-year-old Myles Grossman will always know that his mother loved him.
  • Glidden-Ralston lands on NFL’s honor roll
    Nestled in the expansive trophy case of Glidden-Ralston High School is a whole section devoted to one of the Wildcats’ most-well-known athletes. Pictures are plastered everywhere of Paul Fairchild, a former Wildcat who went on to play in some of football’s biggest games. Although he graduated in 1979, Fairchild was able to give Glidden-Ralston one more addition to its trophy case this season.
  • ‘I was born to do that’
    Ray Snook threw himself into being an attorney in Glidden for more than half his life.
  • ‘A really, really good woman’
    Wendy Holman still remembers, vividly, moving to Guthrie Center in 1958.
  • Unsolved Murder: Jay & Jaymie Grahlman
    Jay Grahlman and his 6-year-old daughter, Jaymie, died from injuries suffered in a late- night fire set at their Cedar Rapids home on Saturday, April 5, 2003. Also in the home at the time of the fire were Jay’s girlfriend, Vickie Reed, 32, Reed’s daughters, Kylie Reed, 9, Nicole Reed, 7, and Grahlman’s youngest daughter, Ida Mae Grahlman, 3.
  • Unsolved Murder: Marlene Ruth Padfield

    On Wednesday evening, Feb. 18, 1959, Marlene “Mickey” Padfield went to the Kozy Inn restaurant in Cedar Rapids with Arthur Scott Jr., an 18-year-old part-time Coe College student involved in community theater. Padfield, an aspiring actress, had recently moved from Mount Vernon High School to Lisbon, and after struggling to fit in, had dropped out of school in order to pursue acting roles in Cedar Rapids. Padfield and Scott left the restaurant sometime between 12:15 and 12:30 a.m. The beautiful and talented young woman was never seen alive again.

  • Decorating D.C.
    Millions of weekend warriors break out the stepladders and staple guns each year to decorate their homes and express holiday spirit, but East Sac alumna Richelle Smith took it a step further this Christmas.
  • No place like home for Bladts on Christmas
    “There’s no place like home for the holidays.”
  • Dolores Antonia “Toni” (Martinez) Hornung was shot to death in her Keokuk home with a 30-30 rifle early Sunday morning on Valentine’s Day, 1999. Hornung’s daughter called emergency officials about 5:25 p.m. saying she could not wake her mother.
  • Unsolved Murder: Gloria Fay Slump
    On Monday, March 6, 1967, Burlington Railroad employees found the frozen body of 24-year-old Gloria Fay Slump under a trestle over Pony Creek three miles south of Council Bluffs. A trail of blood showed she was dragged to the site from a county road 150 yards away. Officials estimated Slump died three days earlier on March 3. Slump had told friends she was going to spend the weekend with her parents, who lived in Stanton.
  • Inspect your eyes, he will
    Dr. Thomas Parrish believes your eyes are one of your most important tools.
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