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: 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: 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: 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”

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