Cold Case Quest: Janice and Brandon Beidleman

Janice and Brandon Beidleman

 On September 13, 1981 Beidleman and her son left a relatives house on Myrtle Drive. She was going to stop at the grocery store before returning to her home on Beechwold Drive. Unfortunately, the Beidlemans did not make it home.

On September 14, 1981, Janice Beidleman and her 18-month old son, Brandon, were found in the water near the Agler Road. Janice Beidleman had been beaten and strangled. The police believe that Brandon had been suffocated, possibly with a pillow.

The police also know that before being placed in the water, the Beidlemans were attacked near Putter Ave. The people in the Putter Avenue neighborhood heard the screams. It must have been terrible.

The car that Beidleman was driving was found near the bridge at Agler and Sunbury Roads.

So I have a theory about what happened to the mother and son. It is possible that Beidleman was confronted by the attacker while in the store parking lot. I think that the suspect was waiting for someone that he could kidnap. For whatever reason, Janice Beidleman fit the bill. Who knows if the suspect knew that there was a toddler or not?

The cause of death was also strangulation in the case of Sheronda Norris. It seems like they both were either out for a walk or shopping. They could have each been an easy target for their killer.

The Beidlemans were found extremely close to where Sheronda Norris was found. Norris went missing on September 15, 1991, almost exactly 10 years later.

Sheronda Norris.

The people of Columbus really wanted to see this case get solved. They wanted the mother and especially the young son receive some justice. Every few years, the police and the media revisit this case in order to solve the case. I hope that after almost 39 years that someone can put all the pieces to this cold case together.

Who to contact: 

If anyone knows anything about any of the cases of Janice and Brandon Beidleman or Sheronda Norris,contact the Columbus Police or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers.

Contact information: Rewards may be available for information on a case that leads to a conviction by contacting Central Ohio’s Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-8477 or visiting their website.

If you have any information or questions about any Columbus area cold case, please contact the Columbus Police Department. The Homicide Cold Case Unit number is available (614) 645-4036 during the hours of 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can also call the Investigative Subdivision Duty Desk at (614) 645-4624, after hours.


Published by holley4734

I could be the worst cook in America. My boyfriend tells his friends about my cooking disasters. I'm glad someone is amused. I like movies, music, comic books and corny jokes.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Discover Elysian

Discover your elysian through our reviews

Lee's Hall of information

A blog and journey in publishing

Celebrations | Special Days + Holidays

Making the Most of those Special Days

The Yoga Cowgirl

Live fully and have fun doing so...

Frugally Me

Green Living & Frugal Lifestyle


Travels of : ँ : a Yogin

The Hermit Poet's Ramblings

Poetry BLOG By Edge of Humanity Magazine

Closewatch Music Blog

Independently minded music blog

The Doodlecrafter

a book and lifestyle blog

Pages & Plots

Your place for book reviews, TV show recommendationsand everything that makes a fangirl happy.

Bookshelf Life

All about books

Bunny Music

Celebrating & championing women in Music

The Alternative Mixtapes

Sit back and enjoy the music

Fashion, Luxury, and Travel

I have a love for Fashion, Luxury items and Exotic Places to Travel


My life's aspirations, inspirations and a little bit about running :)

this is just me

life and the music that accompanies me

Neutral View Point

Details Do Matter

<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: