Murder

Pastor’s Wives Charred Remains Found in Parsonage Furnace

  When the Reverend Clarence Valentine Sheatsley walked into his house on the afternoon of November 11, 1924, the first thing he noticed was the smell of cooking meat. The smell permeated the parsonage where Clarence lived with his wife, Addie. They had been married for twenty-seven years, and she had been an excellent wife …

Pastor’s Wives Charred Remains Found in Parsonage Furnace Read More »

Episode 86: Pastor’s Wives Charred Remains Found in Parsonage Furnace

When Reverend Clarence Sheatsley found his wife, Addie, in the parsonage furnace, he believed that she had committed suicide. The county prosecutor thought that it was murder. What really happened to Addie Sheatsley?   Sources Police Check Minister’s Story After Wife is Burned to Death. The Dayton Herald, 11/18/1924 Find Pastor’s Wife Burned in Furnace. …

Episode 86: Pastor’s Wives Charred Remains Found in Parsonage Furnace Read More »

Episode 82: Gayno Smith Massacres Five People in Southern Iowa

While investigators were dealing with a devastating plane crash near the Iowa-Missouri Border, they had no idea that a man named Gayno Smith was about to commit one of the most horrific crimes in Iowa history only an hour away.   Sources 45 Die in Iowa Jetliner Disaster. The Courier, 5/23/1962 Massive Hunt for Killer. …

Episode 82: Gayno Smith Massacres Five People in Southern Iowa Read More »

Gayno Smith Massacres Five People in Southern Iowa

Carefully, the fireman removed the man from the fuselage. He lay on his back, stretched across three passenger seats. Everything inside had been tossed around in the crash, leaving a tangle of seats, luggage, and bodies. Slowly as they could, the rescuers put the injured man on a stretcher and slowly carried him to a …

Gayno Smith Massacres Five People in Southern Iowa Read More »

Episode 81: Two Mass Murders Claim Iowa Families Only Two Months Apart

As the Great Depression gripped the nation, two mass murders claimed Iowa families only two months apart from each other. The details are as saddening as they are horrifying.   Sources Mother Kills Six Children, Self. The Des Moines Register, 8/30/1937 Mother Kills Six Children, Ends Own Life. The Gazette, 8/30/1937 Mother Kills Self and …

Episode 81: Two Mass Murders Claim Iowa Families Only Two Months Apart Read More »

Two Mass Murders Claim Iowa Families Only Two Months Apart

  August is always hot in Iowa. The sun beats down mercilessly, baking the ground and raising shimmering mirages from the asphalt highways. Worse is the humidity, filling the dry air like water fills a sponge. The only thing that does seem to like the oppressive, unrelenting heat is the corn. Some farmers say that …

Two Mass Murders Claim Iowa Families Only Two Months Apart Read More »

Episode 79: The Accused Poisoner: Bernice Zalimas

In 1924, Bernice Zalimas was accused of poisoning her husband in Chicago, Illinois. But did she really, or was she the victim of vicious rumors?   Sources   Blonde Widow Thinks Zalimas Poisoned Self. Chicago Tribune, 12/03/1924 Widow Questioned. Photo, Bernice Zalimas. Chicago Tribune, 12/03/1924 Zalimas’ Widow Held to Grand Jury as Slayer. Chicago Tribune, …

Episode 79: The Accused Poisoner: Bernice Zalimas Read More »