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Small Town Murder is great. I’m not a true crime buff, but I’m a geography nerd so I enjoy the story behind the towns and James & Jimmie are a hilarious pair.

That Forest City episode is wild. One of the few unsolved murders they’ve done.

I'll definitely check this one out although I tend to enjoy cases more where the case is solved.
 

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I enjoy listening to true crime podcasts and like ones that go in depth on a single case at a times. A couple go state by state doing cases so I've heard a few Iowa ones. Among then are the following:

Small Town Murder

Rick Forsyth's rampage in Norwalk in 90's

Shawn Bentler in Bonaparte in 06 crazy case where his daughters got the family inheritance

James Klindt in Davenport in 80's
who cut up wife with a chainsaw and put her in the Mississippi and only ended up serving 20 years

Murder in America

Vasillica Murders, Gitchie Manitou and Breasia Terrell in 2020

Michelle Martinko both United States of Murder and Killer Cases on Hulu

United States of Murder
Cari Farver
Amy Mullis
Gitchie Manitou


Unspeakable:
Noah Crooks

Mom's and Mysteries
Jodi Huisentruit

These I haven't listened to yet
Malvern Manor
Cory Wienke


Curious to hear people from areas where these happened (outside of Vallisica and Jodi these were all new to me when I heard them) and any Iowa cases that are out there that others have come by on other true crime podcasts.


Here is Iowas cold case site.

One that sticks out to me other than the ones you mentioned.

Adam Lack

and his father

Gary Lack

Corruption at its finest.
 

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The Klindt case was a huge item of local interest. Seemed like it took a very long time to put the pieces (sorry, bad choice of word there) together to pin this one on him. As I recall he was fairly thorough in his commitment of the crime and disposal of the body.

It was a long time ago, so I would like to listen to this to refresh my memory of the details.

I had no idea he was released from prison. Wow!
This timeline is totally bizarre. I remember the news video of the mid-section being pullrd out of the Mississippi.

 

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Here is Iowas cold case site.

One that sticks out to me other than the ones you mentioned.

Adam Lack

and his father

Gary Lack

Corruption at its finest.
If this story is true then yes corruption. I found the articles you linked 5 years ago and the story blew my mind. But I know quite a few people in the St Ansgar/ Osage area and claim they haven’t heard anything about it. I even have a friend who’s brother in law worked at the same ethanol plant Adam did and he knew nothing about it. Really weird.

Pretty sure the entire story was written by the wife/mother that some have said isn’t dealing with a full deck so who knows. Altho anyone that has dealt with anything like the story depicts probably has some issues.
 
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The David Moffit Grimes murder of a man while he was in bed while his fiancé slept next to him is a WILD story. One of the craziest Datelines I’ve seen.


Can’t believe there hasn’t been a dateline or in-depth doc on the Ashley Okland murder. You don’t hear anything about it any more.
Moffit might be a bigger piece of **** then Rick Forsyth. Both were psycho weirdos.
 

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If this story is true then yes corruption. I found the articles you linked 5 years ago and the story blew my mind. But I know quite a few people in the St Ansgar/ Osage area and claim they haven’t heard anything about it. I even have a friend who’s brother in law worked at the same ethanol plant Adam did and he knew nothing about it. Really weird.

Pretty sure the entire story was written by the wife/mother that some have said isn’t dealing with a full deck so who knows. Altho anyone that has dealt with anything like the story depicts probably has some issues.
I agree with a lot of this, but knowing the area and some of the people, I can believe some of the accusations, that doesnt exactly make them true either.

I also agree most people know nothing about any of it, which makes it seem even more like it was swept under the rug. Like absolutely nothing, I dont even know how I originally stumbled on the story, it sure wasnt from the news.

I have always wondered what the truth is about this story. Makes me believe the truth is somewhere in the middle of all of it.
 

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Found a podcast from 2018-19 but the episodes won't load. It was called Keep it on the DL and was mainly Iowa cases. Among them were Iowa State Fair Murders, The Sueppel case like in the photo above, U of Iowa shooting, and triple homicide from Ottumwa, Justin Michael and Crystal Arensdorf
 
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These are all towns covered on Small town Murder

Listened to: Norwalk, Bonaparte, Davenport

Yet to listen: Forest City, Earlville, Clarence, Muscatine, Libertville, Albia, Shenandoah
 
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I agree with a lot of this, but knowing the area and some of the people, I can believe some of the accusations, that doesnt exactly make them true either.

I also agree most people know nothing about any of it, which makes it seem even more like it was swept under the rug. Like absolutely nothing, I dont even know how I originally stumbled on the story, it sure wasnt from the news.

I have always wondered what the truth is about this story. Makes me believe the truth is somewhere in the middle of all of it.
Pretty sure the son died of a drunk driving accident. I think the mom blamed the BAC on him breathing fumes in an ethanol plant or something.
 
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Here is Iowas cold case site.

One that sticks out to me other than the ones you mentioned.

Adam Lack

and his father

Gary Lack

Corruption at its finest.
The Adam Lack case is complete and utter ******** that people unfamiliar with how any of this works have bought into hook line and sinker.

You have to accept that an entire fire department, sheriff’s department, and district court judge let a guy die over an argument that didn’t even have major financial consequences. You also have to accept that a vehicle that had its brakes cut went through multiple T intersections, and crossed a state highway without the driver being aware that said brakes were cuts.

If the circumstances surrounding the Lacks deaths resulted in a conspiracy of nearly hundreds of people determined to kill them, rural Iowa would be littered with cases like this.
 

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I recall watching a case on tv once where some teen girl went missing from a mall in Cedar Rapids in the 70's and went unsolved for a long time. Then DNA came along and there was a family of 3 or 4 brothers, and one of them matched. They went into his place of business in rural Iowa and busted him on hidden camera. He was overweight, early 60s and thought he had gotten away with it. Anyone remember it? I don't recall any of the names in the case.
Michelle Martinko; CR Kennedy. In my young years, I met her a couple years prior to her murder. I was past acquainted with a couple of her classmates who ended up as witnesses for the prosecution. Sensationalized case went unsolved for 39 years. She was murdered in Westdale Mall parking lot (brand new mall opened for two weeks).
~Was a miracle the three suspects (brothers) were all still alive and living in eastern Iowa. A relative in Washington state had past submitted dna to Ancestry.com. She never met the three Iowa brothers. The case was featured on 48 hours, Paula Zahn's show, and a couple others.
~ Was unbelievable news when the story of the murderer's arrest broke-a few years ago,
 

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Not exactly sure.
Small Town Murder is great. I’m not a true crime buff, but I’m a geography nerd so I enjoy the story behind the towns and James & Jimmie are a hilarious pair.

That Forest City episode is wild. One of the few unsolved murders they’ve done.
Is that the one where the house was where Chrysler of forest city is now? I remember that growing up.
 

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Not exactly sure.
The Jackie Folkerts case in Britt during the late 90's is a wild one to read up on.
That was a cursed family. The dad and brother both died in separate fires. Know a person who saw the crime scene, what they told me was unreal.
 

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Here is Iowas cold case site.

One that sticks out to me other than the ones you mentioned.

Adam Lack

and his father

Gary Lack

Corruption at its finest.

The Lack deaths leave me with so many questions.
 
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