When her body was found in a grove of trees in South Petaluma, on August 22, 1997, almost no one even knew she’d been missing. The troubled 12-year-old African-American Santa Rosa girl had disappeared from her Santa Rosa home on August 13, but no mention of her absence appeared in local papers until after the body had been tentatively identified. By the time we all learned her name, she was already long dead, her (presumed) kidnapping and subsequent murder a crime that remains unsolved to this day.
Twenty years later, many questions remain. Would Georgia Moses still be alive had news of her disappearance been widely disseminated? Was law enforcement slow to act because the victim was black, a middle school dropout, living with
It was the kind of family dispute that played out on countless Minnesota farms: A 20-year-old daughter yearned to go to the big city despite her parents’ objections.
Strong-willed, Pearl Gilma Osten persuaded her folks to let her move 200 miles southeast from Otter Tail County so she could study music in Minneapolis. Her teachers said she was a brilliant and devoted student.
But within two weeks of her arrival in 1927, her grisly strangulation set her story apart. Nearly 90 years later, the case still haunts her descendants.
“I find the unsolved part of it maddening, but it’s also a good reminder that so many things don’t wrap up neatly tied with a bow,” said Sara Sha, who lives in Moorhead — about 40 miles northwest of her slain great-aunt’s childhood farm in Norwegian Grove near Pelican Rapids.
With a jumbled pile of photocopied newspaper clippings left when
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – It was an annual event that will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. BikeFest 2014 saw five shootings in a 48-hour period.
Among those incidents was a triple-murder that sent the city of Myrtle Beach into a tailspin.
It’s believed more than 1,000 people watched as shots rang out at The Bermuda Sands Motel on Ocean Boulevard, yet no one has come forward. Three young adults, all from the Summerville area, were murdered. Sandy Geddis Barnwell was one of them. Her family believes for Sandy, this was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Regardless, their world has been turned upside down and Sandy’s killer remains on the loose.
“Our kids ought to be able to go to the beach and come home to us,” said Sandy’s aunt, Melody Geddis McFadden. “There is no excuse for senseless gun violence that should prevent them from coming home.”