The Vault

Join us as we delve into the news vault for a fresh look at the cold cases, crime & mysteries of our communities.

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The Taxi Driver Murders: How North Dakota police never gave up on and solved a cold case a decade later

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On a cold November morning, a 53-year-old woman and her 7-year-old granddaughter would be found brutally murdered at a motel in Dickinson — the crime so gruesome and heinous that it would garner national media and law enforcement attention, before going cold for a decade.

Read the full article: https://www.inforum.com/the-taxi-driver-murders-how-dickinson-police-never-gave-up-on-and-solved-a-cold-case-a-decade-later

Written by: James Miller

Narrated by: Paula Quam

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Horrific murder of North Dakota college student remains unsolved as family waits for new evidence

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On June 7, 2007, Minot State University student Anita Knutson was found stabbed to death in her off-campus apartment. Her body was discovered by her father and two apartment maintenance workers.

For nearly fifteen years, family members and friends of Anita Knutson have lived with an aching grief, intensified by a lack of answers regarding what happened to the then-18-year-old in her final hours and minutes.

Full article: https://www.inforum.com/news/the-vault/horrific-murder-of-north-dakota-college-student-remains-unsolved-as-family-waits-for-new-evidence

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Just named employee of the month, Wadena, Minnesota, 23-year-old was never seen again

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On the night of Friday the 13th in November 1987, deer hunters were gearing up for the opening weekend, a fire burned in a swamp on the edge of town, an unremarkable brown car was stolen and the employee of the month at the local Hardee's vanished without a trace.

Those events are either coincidental, or the keys to solving a now 34-year mystery that has yielded many theories and tips, but no answers.

Despite countless leads, sightings, psychic visions and rumors, Carla Beth Anderson, who became the subject of an intensive search in the Wadena, Minnesota, area, has never been found. Local authorities, though several generations have now held the case in their hands, continue to say the case is at the forefront of their minds.

Written by: Michael Johnson

Narrated by: Paula Quam

https://www.inforum.com/just-named-employee-of-the-month-wadena-minnesota-23-year-old-was-never-seen-again

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South Dakota Robbery at First National Bank in 1935

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On Monday, May 27, 1935, three armed men entered the bank, looking to relieve it of cash and then make their escape in the V8 Ford car that was running and waiting in the street just outside the building. The getaway driver was behind the wheel and ready to haul himself and his co-conspirators to safety.

But it didn’t go exactly as planned. The relative inexperience of the four men combined with a subtle ruse put on by the bank employees kept the robbers from making off with much cash. But during those few minutes as they grabbed as much money as they could, the robbery would escalate to a kidnapping and high-speed chase that reached speeds of over 80 mph.

Written by Erik Kaufman

Narrated by Paula Quam

Full article: https://www.mitchellrepublic.com/the-vault/7301349-Kidnapping-community-shock-marked-1935-Freeman-South-Dakota-bank-robbery

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Grand Forks County ax murderer became Dakota Territory's first legal execution in 1885

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In 1885, the wife and young child of a wealthy Baptist minister were found murdered in their farmhouse in Inkster, N.D. After a twisting legal case, George Miller was hung for the crime about nine months later.

https://www.grandforksherald.com/the-vault/7260537-Grand-Forks-County-ax-murderer-became-Dakota-Territorys-first-legal-execution-in-1885

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Join us as we delve into the news vault for a fresh look at the cold cases, crime & mysteries of our communities.

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Tracy Briggs is a News, Lifestyle and History reporter with Forum Communications. Tracy began her career as a broadcast journalist - producing, reporting and anchoring the news at WDAY-TV. The love of history stories started then when Tracy did a yearlong series on North Dakota's Centennial in 1989 and another yearlong series, "Our Century" in 1999 about the biggest 20th century news in our region. The following year, the series "Our People" covered notable people in our communities.