Murder

Horace and Geneva: The Wrong Way to Fix a Marriage

Living with another person is not always an easy thing. Sharing your personal space with another human being always involves a learning process. People learn where to put things, how to organize around each other, how to divide household chores. The list is endless. For many of us, our first experiences living with someone else …

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The Insane Doctor: Medicine, Drugs, and Murder in Small-Town Iowa

By 1930, 68-year-old George W. Appleby had practiced medicine for forty-years in the small town of Bristow, Iowa. In many ways, he was exactly what you’d expect – a white-haired elderly man who seemed to genuinely care about his patients and treated their various ailments with a healthy mixture of sage wisdom and medical knowledge. …

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Episode 53: The Insane Doctor: Medicine, Drugs, and Murder in a Small-Town

Dr. George Appleby was everything a small-town doctor should be: polite, gentle, and caring. But under the surface seethed hidden secret that would burst forth one dark day in 1900.   Sources ‘Mad Deed of A Doctor.’ The Courier, 1/10/1900 ‘Dr. Appleby’s Crime.’ The Evening Times-Republican, 1/10/1900 ‘Insane Doctor’s Crime.’ The Des Moines Register, 1/10/1900 …

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The Devil You Know: The John Hoskins Murders

I have always loved Adams County. Located in the southwestern portion of the state, Adams county is the least populous county in Iowa, containing just under 3700 people. It’s very rural, and is comprised of rolling hills and rich green fields. People still wave to you in the street, or raises an index finger in …

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Struck Down in the Dark – The Charles Englehart Murder

I’m not afraid of the dark. I take my trash out in the middle of the night without a flashlight, treading the familiar ground of my yard with confidence in the inky blackness of the night. At the end of the day, I turn off the light’s downstairs and, if I need to do something …

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Struck Down in the Dark – The Charles Englehart Murder

Charles Englehart was attacked outside of his car one dark night in 1935. A harmless 70-year-old man liked by everyone, who would commit such an awful crime?   Sources ‘C.A. Englehart Robbed, Slain.’ Davenport Times and Democrat, 9/23/1935 ‘Seek Motive for Englehart Slaying.’ The Daily Times, 9/23/1935 ‘Iowan Killed by Assailant.’ Iowa City Press-Citizen, 9/23/1935 …

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