Remember Tatman and Burchfield

The weekend of November 25 and 26, 2017 mark the 50th and 64th anniversaries of two police officers featured on this blog: Robert Lawrence Tatman and Richard Stanley Burchfield. Both Tatman and Burchfield were killed in the line of duty. Both were shot. Both were young husbands. Both were young fathers. Robert Lawrence Tatman Champaign […]

The cold case of Albert Edwin Seaburg

The cold case of Albert Edwin Seaburg (March 4, 1926 – Sept 4, 1997) is Case of the Month for September. Albert E. Seaburg (71) was murdered while traveling through Florida. His home state was Illinois. The Florida authorities believe that he was shot during a robbery. He was found dead in his Best Inn […]

Case of the Month: Barbara and Patricia Grimes

Case of the Month: Barbara and Patricia Grimes left their home on December 28, 1956, to watch the Elvis Presley movie “Love me tender” in a theater close to their Chicago home. They had $2.50 with them. Barbara was 15 years old and her sister Patricia was 13. They never returned home. The sisters were […]

The 1966 cold case of Valerie Percy

The 1966 cold case of Valerie Percy: on September 18, 1966, Valerie Percy (21) was murdered in her parental home in Kenilworth, Illinois, by an unknown intruder. Her case remains cold. Valerie was the daughter of former senator Charles Percy and Jeanne Valerie Dickerson. Jeanne passed away in 1947. Percy remarried Loraine Diane Guyer in […]

The cold case of Maria Ridulph

On Dec 3, 1957, Maria Ridulph (7) vanished from a small-town street corner in Sycamore, IL, while playing in the snow. Arrested in July 2011 and sentenced in December 2012 for her murder was Jack McCullough, formerly known as John Tessier. McCullough was released from prison on April 15, 2016. Charges against him were dismissed on April […]

Guest Post: Joseph Halpern Part 3 by Silvia Pettem

Guest Post: Joseph Halpern Part 3 by Silvia Pettem: DISAPPEARED INTO THIN AIR. Joseph’s nephew had started his search for his uncle, Joseph Halpern, missing since 1933, by contacting the sheriffs’ offices in the four Colorado counties that border Rocky Mountain National Park. The nephew asked about unidentified remains that might be identifiable with DNA […]

Guest post: Joseph Halpern Part 2 by Silvia Pettem

Guest post: Joseph Halpern Part 2 by Silvia Pettem: For six days in August 1933, park authorities searched drainages and followed all possible trails for the missing 22-year-old hiker, Joseph Halpern. Authorities also checked the registers on Taylor and nearby peaks, but none showed Joseph’s signature––a customary procedure for climbers, once they reach a summit. Perhaps […]