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: 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: 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: 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”

Cold Case Quest: Cynthia K. Smith

20- year -old Cynthia K. Smith was shot while making a phone call at a record store in Columbus, Ohio. The incident occurred on January 24, 1993. The record store, Negus, Negast, was close to Reggae nightclub. If I understand the story correctly, the nightclub was next door to the record story. The shots cameContinue reading “Cold Case Quest: Cynthia K. Smith”

Cold Case Quest: Gladys Taylor

Columbus resident Gladys Taylor, 54, was shot in the bedroom of her home on July 26, 1987. She was home with a 10 year old relative. On that Sunday evening, her husband had been at a church service. He found his wife when he returned at 10 p.m. There weren’t any suspects that the policeContinue reading “Cold Case Quest: Gladys Taylor”

Cold Case Quest: Donna Jean Hudson

On September 5, 1972, an unknown intruder killed 20 year- old Donna Jean Hudson in front of her three young children. The situation is beyond horrible.  Hudson lived in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and three children. She was pregnant with a fourth child. Her husband found her when he came home from work atContinue reading “Cold Case Quest: Donna Jean Hudson”

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