Knightstown police Chief Danny Baker needs a new squad car, which might not be a tall order for a big-town police station, but for a town with a population of just over 2,000, the remaining $9,000 necessary to get the cruiser isn’t a shoe-in. So to get donations, the chief has decided to submit to a public tasing.
On October 15, 1983, a farmer’s plow turned up skeletal remains of an unidentified murder victim in Jasper County, Indiana, southwest of Rensseler. The bones were notched by knife wounds, indicating death by stabbing. The third victim of the Highway Killer found that month. A few days later mushroom gatherers would stumble across his private graveyard.
Some guys in Indiana called 911 to send a police officer after a prostitute they hired pushed them out of a hotel room and refused to make change.
Coleman went on a six-state killing spree in 1984, killing seven people with his partner Debra Denise Brown. By the time of his execution in 2002, he was the only condemned person to have death sentences in three states: Illinois, Ohio (twice) and Indiana.
Police in Indiana announced the arrest of Michigan man Earl Morgan III of LaPeer, who was admitted to a central Indiana hospital in serious condition after two failed suicide attempts; one with a drill.
Attractive, promiscuous and often-married Susan Grund only wanted her attorney husband’s money. When he initiated divorce proceedings she shot him in the eye for a quarter of a million dollars in insurance benefits.
Police in Clark County, Indiana, are really cracking down on woodland creepers. This month, six men have been arrested on suspicion of soliciting sexual favors in the county’s parks.
At 16 years old, Paula Cooper became the youngest person on death row in America. She, along with three other teenage girls, was convicted of killing 78-year-old bible study teacher Ruth Pelke in 1985.
April Marie Tinsley was 8 years old on Good Friday in 1988 when she was abducted while walking home from a friend’s house in Fort Wayne, Ind. Three days later, her body was found some 20 miles away, in an area of farmland. Mysterious notes found in 1990 and 2004 have given police more information, but Tinsley’s killer has not been found.
On May 15, 1983, Indiana law enforcement agencies gathered to discuss the recent highway murders. Larry Eyler, 31 years-old at the time, was named the highway murderer in the coming days.