Man disappears after running barefoot into snowstorm; his body is found behind supermarket cooler 10 years later

November 28, 2009Council Bluffs, IowaLarry Ely Murillo-Moncada (25) runs out of his home into a snowstorm without his shoes, socks, keys, or car; he will remain missing for 10 years Murillo-Moncada worked the evening of Thanksgiving, November 26 at the No Frills Supermarket, where he had been employed for 5 years. According to his mother…

Man executed for beating woman to death with piece of firewood

March 9, 1923 Fort Madison, Iowa Earl Throst (24, pictured) is executed for the murder of Inga Magnusson Magnusson (sometimes spelled Magnussen) was a 21-year-old teacher of a one-room schoolhouse in Allamakee County, Iowa, though she lived with her parents in Houston County, Minnesota, roughly 40 miles (64 km) north of the school. When she…

Woman kills husband, children, self

January 18, 1983 Aplington, Iowa Ethel Mae Franken kills her husband and their three children before killing herself Ethel had recently been released from the hospital following five weeks of therapy — which included electroshock treatments — for “a nervous breakdown.” Friends and family later stated Ethel had seemed to be doing well emotionally following…