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: Alice Laskey, Helen Banner and Carrie Walker

Unfortunately, the elderly are victims of crime more often than anyone would think. It’s almost unthinkable. Who would want to hurt Nana or Pop-pop? The elderly are generally victims of elder abuse (emotional and physical abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, etc.), which I have seen first-hand. Violent crimes against the elderly are slightly less common butContinue reading “Cold Case Quest: Alice Laskey, Helen Banner and Carrie Walker”

Cold Case Quest: Felicia Dungey

You could say that Felicia Dungey’s story is a cautionary tale for people who want to fix their significant others. Sometimes it’s better to just walk away from a bad situation. On February 18, 2001, Felicia Dungey and her boyfriend, Calvin Daniely, were both fatally shot in their apartment. The police, family members and friendsContinue reading “Cold Case Quest: Felicia Dungey”

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: 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 inContinue reading “Cold Case Quest: Janice and Brandon Beidleman”

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: Sheronda Norris

21 year-old Sheronda Norris of Columbus, Ohio was last seen alive by her family on September 15, 1991. She was on her way to her aunt’s house but never arrived. A bus driver found her body on the afternoon of September 16, 1991. the coroner determined that she had been strangled and left in theContinue reading “Cold Case Quest: Sheronda Norris”

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”

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