Cold Case Quest: Brenda Morrison

35 -year -old Brenda Morrison was found in her apartment on the East side of Columbus after being beaten and strangled. Morrison was the fourth strangulation victim in 1992. Her homicide occurred on May 21, 1992. The police did not believe that it was a home invasion since there were no signs of a break-in.Continue reading “Cold Case Quest: Brenda Morrison”

Cold Case Quest: Lois D. Smith

Lois D. Smith was working as an office manager for the Urban Hollow apartment complex when she was killed on April 8, 1981. ¬†According to the Columbus Dispatch, Smith had just returned from lunch. The maintenance man saw her shortly before someone bludgeoned her to death. There had been other thefts at the same officeContinue reading “Cold Case Quest: Lois D. Smith”

Cold case Quest: Tina Johnson, Maria Gruden, and Nadine Frank

The cases of Tina Johnson, Maria Gruden and Nadine Frank are not necessarily connected. We don’t know enough about their personal lives to say that they lived in a similar way. However, the homicides occurred on the east side of Columbus. All three ladies were stabbed. They were between the ages of 19 and 32.Continue reading “Cold case Quest: Tina Johnson, Maria Gruden, and Nadine Frank”

Cold Case Quest: Denise Collins and Thax Winston, Jr.

 Who would want to end the lives of Denise Collins and Thax Winston, Jr. ? The pair were romantically involved. Unfortunately, their relationship came to an abrupt end in 2005. Collins and Winston were shot while at Winston’s apartment on 4th Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. The incident happened prior to 6 p.m. on January 14,Continue reading “Cold Case Quest: Denise Collins and Thax Winston, Jr.”

Cold Case Quest: Anita Lias

16 year- old Anita Lias was a track star at Eastmoor High School, now Eastmoor Academy. Unfortunately, Lias did not get to realize her full potential. Her body was found on Monday, Sept. 1, 1975 in front of the garage of 862 S. Champion St. She was last seen alive on the afternoon of Saturday,Continue reading “Cold Case Quest: Anita Lias”

Cold Case Quest: Nanette Miller

Although Nanette Miller was found deceased on December 3, 1993, it is very likely that she died a few days earlier. Her sister had not heard from her for several days. So the sister went to Miller’s apartment where she found her body. What was she doing in the days just before her death? IContinue reading “Cold Case Quest: Nanette Miller”

Cold Case: Darlene Gervins

On February 15,1992, Columbus resident Darlene Gervins, 29, was found deceased in her home by a friend. The friend was bringing her children home. Apparently, the cause of death was strangulation just like Janet Amar and Frances Smith. Gervins left Scatters Bar at midnight on February 15 with a black male, between 30-40 years old.Continue reading “Cold Case: Darlene Gervins”

Cold case Quest: Darchelle Stone

Darchelle Stone was only 19 years old when someone took her life on September 2, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. She died due to injuries from stab wounds. Although Stone’s photograph is not listed on the Ohio Attorney General’s website, it was published with her obituary. She was a young mother who was involved in communityContinue reading “Cold case Quest: Darchelle Stone”

Cold Case Quest: Frances Smith

In the early morning hours of November 15, 2004, the body of 47 year-old Frances Smith was found behind a home in Columbus, Ohio. She had been beaten and strangled. Whoever killed her left her outside without any clothes. Smith was seen at 10:30 p.m. on November 14. She was getting into a white SUVContinue reading “Cold Case Quest: Frances Smith”

Cold Case Quest: Clara King

Clara King was a hardworking mother and grandmother. She had two jobs – plus babysitting for her grandson while her daughter went to work. On November 9, 1998, someone took the life of King while the grandson was in the next room. When her daughter arrived home at 3 p.m., she found her mother’s bodyContinue reading “Cold Case Quest: Clara King”

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