In 1963, it was called the “murder of the century” in Minnesota. In St. Paul, an intruder attacked a well-liked housewife and mother named Carol Thompson. A jury convicted her husband, T. Eugene, of hiring the killer.
One gun connects the random murders of two innocent young men in Golden Valley, Minn. six months apart in the mid-90s.
It’s been more than 33 years since a young Minneapolis artist left her apartment to hitchhike to an art show in Chicago.
On Christmas Eve in 1998, 18-year-old Carrie Richter and her 20-year-old boyfriend Dustin Baity were found murdered in their Northeast Minneapolis apartment.
Trevor Wetterling was just 10 years old when his older brother Jacob was abducted at gunpoint in 1989 near the family’s home in St. Joseph, Minn. The boys and a friend were on the way home from renting a video at a nearby convenience store. Jacob has not been seen since.
Fifteen-year-old Mark Strandberg said goodnight to his mother in November 1976. The next morning, his sister found him shot to death in his bedroom.
Criminal charges have been filed against a “John Doe” in connection with an abduction and sexual assault of a White Bear Lake girl.
Nineteen-year-old Linda Rousseau left her family’s home in the Midway neighborhood to buy some fast food in May 1971. She never returned. About three months later, her remains were found in a shallow grave in Hidden Falls Park, just off Mississippi River Boulevard.
The last time most of us saw Donald Blom, he was being driven from a Virginia, Minnesota court house in August of 2000. Blom called WCCO-TV crime reporter Caroline Lowe that day, still insisting he was innocent in the 1999 abduction and murder of Katie Poirier.
Cindy Gerdes’ unsolved killing in March 1984 was the one of the most horrific crimes I covered as a reporter. Cindy was a 28-year-old interior designer living near Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis when she was viciously stabbed and her body left in a pose to shock whoever found her.
It was a mystery that seemed to fit a movie plot. Diana Smith and Scott Jones were found murdered in Scott’s St. Paul apartment in March 1981. Her dad had reported her missing when she failed to meet him for church services and called police. Police thought the crime scene seemed staged because of the way the bodies of the victims were positioned.
With advances in forensic science, more and more police departments are taking a fresh look at cold murder cases. That includes the Bloomington, Minn. Police Department, where detectives are taking a new look at the murder of 20-year-old Theresa Johnson.
Anne Barber Dunlap was brutally murdered on New Year’s weekend in 1995. Her body was found in the trunk of her car. She had been repeatedly stabbed in the throat and neck.