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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.
  • Unsolved homicide: Connnie Jo Choate Bodensteiner
    On August 8, 1995, Connie Jo Choate Bodensteiner was found locked in a basement storage bin at a south-side Des Moines

    apartment complex. An autopsy showed the 24-year-old had been strangled. A maintenance worker discovered the body, which had a strap or belt around the young mother’s neck. 
  • 40 years after ‘Waverly Stranglings,’ a renewed search for answers
    Julia Benning lived on a farm near Clarksville, but she wanted to experience the wider world. She had pen pals in Michigan and Scotland and shared with them her righteous rants about small-minded prejudices against black people, Indians and young women who spoke their mind and didn’t conform in dress or behavior. 
  • West Des Moines police no closer to arrest in Okland case
    West Des Moines police say they are no closer today to solving the mysterious slaying of Ashley Okland, a 27-year-old real-estate agent whose shooting death four years ago in a model townhouse made national news. 
  • Tammy Zywicki investigation nears 23 years
    Twenty-three years after Tammy Jo Zywicki’s death, her mother is trying to stay optimistic that investigators will solve the case. 
  • Burlington’s oldest cold case continues to baffle investigators
    Burlington’s oldest cold case continues to baffle investigators. 
  • Iowa minister’s murder gathers dust, not clues
    He was an Iowa minister heading to fish on the banks of the Missouri River after running an errand for a mental health care facility. But the Rev. Kevin Lane Morse’s life came to a sudden, tragic end on June 20, 2002 — mysteriously shot and left to die. 
  • Who killed Leota Camp?
    It was a typical summer day in 1967. Leota Camp kissed a goodbye to her husband, Ray, as he went off to his job at the Iowa Employment Security Commission. 
  • ‘We’d really like to have some answers’
    The theories have been plenty. Most lead to nothing. 
  • In its three years in operation, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s Cold Case Unit brought to close two unsolved homicide cases dating as far back as the 1970s. 
  • Roughly a third of homicides in the U.S. go unsolved. 
  • Woman crusades to publicize Iowa’s unsolved murders
    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. 
  • 'It was heartbreaking'
    During Ian Miller’s recent visit to a Romanian orphanage, a young girl approached the former Carroll student. 
  • Students leave courtyard ‘masterpieces’
    It will pay to watch your step the next few days when walking through the courtyard between the Carroll County Courthouse and Farner Government Building. 
  • The Future of Everything
    It’s one of those movie scenes you know even if you’ve never actually seen the movie — a young Dustin Hoffman is taken aside in “The Graduate” and given some career advice by a middle-aged man in a business suit. 
  • Badding leaves ‘indelible footprint’

    Badding Construction CEO and founder Bob Badding, a businessman-philanthropist whose family firm built much of Carroll, passed away late Monday morning at St. Anthony Regional Hospital — a medical center Badding guided — wing by wing, renovated floor by new section — through dramatic structural growth over decades.

     
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