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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Four-year-old Myles Grossman will always know that his mother loved him.
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.
Ray Snook threw himself into being an attorney in Glidden for more than half his life.
Wendy Holman still remembers, vividly, moving to Guthrie Center in 1958.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Dr. Thomas Parrish believes your eyes are one of your most important tools.
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