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The Sad Saga of the Kunz Executions

“A friendly town that bands together.”  Such is the motto of Athens, a quaint, sleepy village totaling less than two and a half square miles in north central Wisconsin.  Located about 30 miles from Wausau, the largest city in Marathon County, just over 1,000 people call Athens home, reveling in it’s small town atmosphere and […]

Airtight Bridge Murder Part 3: Mystery Solved?

[Mysteriousheartland.com] Continued from Part 2… In 1992, 12-years after the discovery of the body, there was a real break in the case. On November 20, the Sheriff’s Department held another press conference in Charleston, this time to announce that they had determined the identity of the Airtight victim. Her name was Diana Marie Riordan-Small, a resident […]

Airtight Bridge Murder Part 2: The Mystery Deepens

[Mysteriousheartland.com] Continued from Part 1… As police cordoned off the bridge and word spread of the discovery, reporters and television crews descended on the remote location. The gruesome nature of the crime caused a sensation, and the story remained in the headlines for three days. It was the second time in three years someone had […]

Airtight Bridge Murder Part 1: A Gruesome Discovery

[Mysteriousheartland.com] On a typical autumn evening, Charlie and his girlfriend Megan left the campus of Eastern Illinois University to enjoy a game of miniature golf at Lincoln Springs Resort. They found themselves driving down a rural route somewhere northeast of Charleston. The sun had gone down before the two could find their way back to […]

Grimes Girls Murder Still Solvable after 59 years

On the evening of December 28, 1956, sisters Barbara (15) and Patricia “Petey” (13) Grimes left their home at 3634 S. Damen Avenue to see the Elvis Presley movie “Love Me Tender” at the Brighton Theater in Chicago. They never returned home. Their older sister Theresa and younger brother Joey walked to the bus stop […]