Barbara Mendez trial update

UPDATE April 30, 2019: Robin Mendez was found guilty. Marathon County Circuit Judge Jill Falstad determined that Mendez did have a motive to kill his wife, explaining that he feared the discovery of his sexual abuse of then minor Jodi (Lesert) Rolloff. Judge Falstad said that the “court finds the two inmates’ information credible.” The […]

Update 1982 murder of Barbara Mendez

On April 28, 1982, Barbara Mendez (Feb 21, 1949 – April 28, 1982) was found bludgeoned to death inside the Park City Credit Union (Minocqua, Wisconsin). Barbara’s case went cold but in 2018, husband Robin D. Mendez, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. The couple have two daughters, Dawn Mendez Shape and Christy Mendez Wadas. […]

Herman Edward Wilhelm Luhrsen

One of my readers mentioned the unsolved case of Herman Edward Wilhelm Luhrsen (Dec 4, 1886 – Feb 14, 1937). He said it was strange, with multiple angles, and without a good web presence. He kindly summarized the case for me in an email. I got curious and tried to find more articles in the public […]

Remembering Larry Anstett

Imagine it is 1974. A young Milwaukee Sentinel newspaper delivery boy is on his rounds through the neighborhoods of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His name is Larry Anstett and he is in grade nine at Wilbur Wright Junior High School. He is 15 years old, and far too young to die. But he did on November 5th. […]

What happened to Amos Mortier?

“How thoroughly did Fitchburg police investigate an allegation that a Madison man confessed to stabbing Amos Mortier and feeding his body to pigs?” That’s quite an opening for a newspaper article. Your thoughts immediately bring up images of a conspiracy, people disappearing, smaller fish taking the heat for the impossible to catch bigger fish, possible […]

Unsolved but not forgotten

Unsolved but not forgotten, the Post Crescent shows us what can still be done to make sure that unsolved homicides are not forgotten. I came by this article through the Twitter account of John Ferak.  John has a long history in researching criminal cases. Just check his blog on the Murdock Murders. Gannett Wisconsin Media is […]