The following cases are of special interest to one of the founders of The Murder Books; they are personal, represent a noteable event within the community, and/or it is believed that victims can be identified or cases can be solved with help or insight from readers of TheMurderBooks.com.

    Not a Single Feature Was Recognizable
    Date: Tue, Apr 4, 1882
    Victim: Unidentified
    Suspect: [unsolved]
    Location: North End

    In May 1882, an unidentified, 38-40 year old woman was found dead in the privy at the rear yard of a vacant home in Colorado Springs. The body held a nearly-full vial of laudanum clutched in one hand. Witnesses recognized the woman as having checked into a local hotel and…


    It Promises to Battle the Skill of the Most Expert Detectives
    Date: Fri, Aug 1, 1884
    Victim: Unidentified
    Suspect: [unsolved]
    Location: Manitou Park (Historic)

    The scattered bones of an unidentified man were found in a sparsely inhabited, almost inaccessible mountainous part of northwestern El Paso County. An investigation identified both firearm and blunt force as a cause of death; it also suggested the presence of a mysterious wealthy man in the area several years…


    A Hall Filled With Terrified Politicians and Horrified Spectators
    Date: Wed, Sep 7, 1898
    Victim: Harris
    Suspect: [unsolved]
    Location: Downtown

    Named Within This File Primary Charles E. Harris Other People Organizations or Places


    It Is More Than Likely That Insanity Was the Real Cause
    Date: Thu, Oct 30, 1913
    Victim: Locke
    Suspect: McCulley
    Location: (Old) Colorado City

    Primary: Morris Robert Locke


    The Skulking Fiend Worked Quietly and With Much Speed
    Date: Thu, Aug 23, 1923
    Victim: Suttle
    Suspect: [unsolved]
    Location: Lowell

    Named Within This File Primary Elsie Jorgensen Suttle Other People Organizations or Places


    That Two Wives Drowned, They Decided, Was Strange
    Date: Wed, Sep 21, 1932
    Victim: (Wallace) James
    Suspect: Lisenba
    Location: Manitou

    Winona Wallace James


    I’m Not Worth Two Whoops in Hell
    Date: Thu, Sep 11, 1941
    Victim: (Payne) Piltz Vandervoort
    Suspect: Vandervoort
    Location: Ellicott

    Summary Named Within This File Individuals Junia Wesley “Van” Vandervoort, Lois Payne Piltz Vandervoort, Cora Cordell, Wesley “Wes” Vandervoort, Sarah Vandervoort Martin, Clark Vandervoort, Carl Vandervoort, Calvin Vandervoort, Geneva Ming 719 E Cache La Poudre St, Edna Piltz, Billy Piltz, Herman Piltz, Walter Piltz, Eleanor “Ella” Piltz Lytle Baber, [Vandervoort…


    Life Without You Would Be Unbearable
    Date: Sun, Sep 12, 1948
    Victim: (Brace) Merchant
    Suspect: Banks
    Location: Stratton Meadows

    Lois Althea Brace Merchant


    Let’s Stop the Horrified Whispering and Talk Facts
    Date: Tue, Jan 18, 1949
    Victim: Parsons
    Suspect: [unsolved]
    Location: Garden of the Gods/Mesa

    Named Within This File Primary Walter Joe Parsons Other People Organizations or Places


    You Had Better Stay Around Pretty Close Until the Case Is Solved
    Date: Fri, Dec 16, 1955
    Victim: Capps
    Suspect: Quillin
    Location: Douglas County

    Aletha Capps


    A Dutiful Army Wife Causing Deliberate Harm (pending)
    Date: Sun, May 3, 1964
    Victim: Rash
    Suspect: Woods
    Location: Ivywild

    This post is a placeholder for a murder or missing person incident which occurred in the Pikes Peak Region but where a file is “pending” as public reports haven’t been researched or transcribed yet. Named Within This File Primary Marlan Rash, Martha Woods Notes 114 E Ramona St


    They Lost Their Only Child; I Have Nothing Else To Say
    Date: Wed, Jul 31, 1974
    Victim: Shinn
    Suspect: Curtis
    Location: Shooks Run

    Susan Cathleen Shinn


    Ultimately Deciding She Was Acting in Self Defense (pending)
    Date: Tue, Feb 25, 1975
    Victim: Mason
    Suspect: Mason
    Location: Air Force Academy

    This post is a placeholder for a murder or missing person incident which occurred in the Pikes Peak Region but where a file is “pending” as public reports haven’t been researched or transcribed yet. Named Within This File Primary Charles Mason Jr. Notes


    Monday’s Child Is Fair of Face
    Date: Mon, Aug 12, 1985
    Victim: Bowers-Badial
    Suspect: [unsolved]
    Location: Hwy 115

    Named Within This File Primary Percilla Bowers-Badial Other People Organizations or Places Notes


    Kelly Asher file19881013 (pending)
    Date: Thu, Oct 13, 1988
    Victim: Asher
    Suspect: [unsolved]
    Location: Hwy 115

    This post is a placeholder for a murder or missing person incident which occurred in the Pikes Peak Region but where a file is “pending” as public reports haven’t been researched or transcribed yet. Named Within This File Primary Kelly L. Asher Notes


    They Can’t Answer It to the Satisfaction of a Jury
    Date: Sat, Apr 23, 1994
    Victim: Livingston
    Suspect: [unsolved]
    Location: Stratmoor

    Named Within This File Primary Thomas Lamar Livingston Other People Organizations or Places Notes


    Apparently Raised No Suspicions
    Date: Thu, Jul 13, 1995
    Victim: LeBeau
    Suspect: [unsolved]
    Location: Gateway Park

    Named Within This File Primary Randolph “Randy” L. LeBeau Other People Organizations or Places Notes