... say something. I was reading an article about another cold case. It is the disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit in 1995 in Mason City, Iowa. In the article it said: "She was heading to her job as the morning and noon producer/anchor for the CBS-TV affiliate KIMT-TV when she disappeared at 4 a.m. that June day. … Continue reading If you hear something …
I have read the book "True Crime Addict" by James Renner and was impressed by his tenacity. While this New Yorker article about internet sleuths is a good read, I never felt I would solve this murder. My full intent has been, and still is, to make sure Marjorie is not forgotten. I would recommend … Continue reading Am I A Problem Child?
Rather than go into details, here is the response I received to my request under the Freedom of Information Act. You can see the list of documents here: missing items 2 I am sorry for the delay in responding to your inquiry however the MPD Property Room’s Staff has reviewed your request and sent us the … Continue reading Evidence — Who Needs It
People ask me why I think the case was never solved and I think there are a number of reasons but one of the man reasons was the untimely death of Charles Wetherille. On July 15, 1960 at approximately 10:50 a.m. Inspector of Detectives Charles Wetherille of the Minneapolis Police Department received a call from … Continue reading When The Lead Detective Dies
This past week I've been down with a cold. I hate colds. But I'm on the mend -- finally. Today's police procedural shows are often about getting a "profile" of the suspect (or unsub as they say on "Criminal Minds"). Well back in 1960 they did something similar: Brought entire case and pictures to Hanscom’s … Continue reading Dealing With The Common Cold Case
I'm back from Duluth after looking through the available records of the Marshall Wells Company. Two of the prime suspects -- Larry Hatfield and Robert Burns -- worked together at Marshall Wells before coming to Minneapolis. Hatfield became president of Janney-Semple-Hill, and Marjorie's boss, and Burns, who Hatfield said was "like a son" to him, … Continue reading Trip to Duluth
In July of the summer of 1972, after I graduated from Southwest High School, Joli Truelson went missing after she was picked up while hitchhiking by Lake Calhoun. She was part of the class of 1973, and had been in a couple of my classes. She lived on Lake Harriet Parkway -- which meant her … Continue reading Another Cold Case
Because the killer was never found, the motive is not known with 100% certainty. But I believe there are only four possible reasons based solely on motive: Random murder.Was she just at the wrong place at the wrong time? I would say this is 100% wrong, but because it isn’t solved it has to be … Continue reading Why Was Marjorie Murdered?
I'm feeling a bit less like Nancy Drew and a bit more like the Sacha Pfeiffer, one of the reporters at the Boston Globe who uncovered the Catholic church's cover-up of pedophile priests (see the movie Spotlight and/or read Betrayal to learn more about it). But that's okay. I spent part of today at the … Continue reading Research Research Research
“I did not set out to find failure and errors in the file. They were glaring almost from Page 1,” Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson said. When I read the story about the errors in the investigation into the Jacob Wetterling case, I thought about Marjorie. Of course I only have reports that are almost … Continue reading A Sad Reminder