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The Kidnapping and Murder of: Evelyn Grace Hartley -Part One

Part One will deal with the facts, Part Two with my analysis. I would like to dedicate this entry to Evie Hartley & the Hartley Family, Jan Wiggert & The Rasmussens, A.M. Josephson, Sheriff Ivan Wright, Steve Bothun, The Rasmussens & my Grandma Burris. I've spent a better part of a year looking into this case. This entry will probably be continually updated with information. The information that I add will be a few details here and there. I have well over 1GB of information on this case and I always endeavor to be as accurate as possible. I believe I have the basics of the case outlined here. 

Shurlock

UPDATE 11/17/2017: I had originally published Part 2 of this entry. The case analysis. I have since taken it down. I was not happy with it. I have spent so much time reading and documenting on this case. I haven't really developed a theory. Part 2 will be down the road since I am still looking into this case on many levels. 
Evelyn Grace Hartley

La Crosse Police Department 
(608) 785-5962
Agency Case Number-
53-1543
Tony Delap
delapt@cityoflacrosse.org



Date Of Birth: 11/22/1938
Disappeared: Saturday, 10/24/1953 from La Cross County, Wisconsin
Height: 5'7 Weight: Around 128 lbs
Blood Type: A
Parents: Richard T. Hartley (Dr. Hartley was a Biology Professor at La Crosse State College,Specialized in Embryology)and Ethel Hartley (Homemaker, Sometimes spelled Ethyl)) (LaCrosse State University is now the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse) Both parents were formerly from Nebraska.
Siblings: Thomas Gordon Hartley (22). Carolyn Hartley (6) Richard Charles Hartley(Died of Polio in 1946 while in the Navy. Other reports state 1950)
Nicknamed: Evie
Residence: 1533 Johnson St.
Student: Junior at Central High School 
Wearing: A size 34-36 white broadcloth Ship N Shore blouse with pearl buttons, Size 16 Heavy Red Denim White Stag Jeans (Heavy Denim Material) with a side zipper and cuffs rolled up above the ankle, Size 24 Indian Beaded Belt w/ Metal Buckle, and White Bobby Socks.
ABOUT
* Loved Music and played the Ukulele and Piano. Also Liked Golf, Tennis, Swimming and Hiking.
Described as an “Excellent Student” & “Vivacious and Studious” by her peers. (Straight A Average) A Pet Science Project of hers was to raise Fruit Flies.

Evie was an Officer at the Presbyterian Youth Program and Westminster Fellowship at her local Church. Sang in Choir. Her Pastor described her as “Quiet, Dependable and Devoted”.
She was popular with both Boys and Girls in her class. She did NOT have a serious boyfriend and was described as shy regarding the opposite sex. (I have a feeling that came from her parents.) Her classmates stated that she would have liked to date but she wasn't allowed to. Her father is quoted as saying SHE thought she was too young. Sure. (Yeah all fathers think their daughters are too young to date. I have 2 15 year old daughters. And they date. I can relate to Mr. Hartley.)
Evie did wear eyeglasses. Didn't have them on when abducted. She had just purchased new glasses that very day.
* Evelyn attended a Presbyterian Youth Camp the prior summer.
The Hartleys moved to La Crosse from Charleston Illinois four years prior.
                                     Her Class Yearbook was dedicated to Evie
                                                                  Yearbook Pic
                                           (Above-Never seen this photo anywhere online)
                                                          Hartley Family
                                (I tried to enhance a photo from the yearbook.)
  BREAKDOWN OF CASE
On October 24th, 1953 a La Crosse State College Professor named Viggo Rasmussen hired Evelyn Hartley to babysit his 20 month old daughter (Janice) so he could attend a College Homecoming Game. (La Crosse State College vs. River Falls)
(La Crosse won)
* The Rasmussen's had a regular babysitter. But she had plans. And they hired Evie as a replacement. (Regular babysitter being Janice Lucille Cowley who was also a classmate of Evelyn)
*She brought 3 to 4 schoolbooks with her as she had planned to study while the baby slept.
* Viggo Rasmussen picked up Evelyn at 6:30pm on the 24th.
* The Rasmussen home was located in the 2415 Hoeschler Dr. (This was a new house. There were blinds but no curtains on the windows. The Rasmussens had only moved in a few months prior. And Evie had not babysat at this house before. In fact Evie had not done any babysitting in 3 months)
* This is from the LaCrosse Tribune Article 10/24/17
* Evelyn didn't want to actually babysit after volunteering. But Evelyn's mom informed her that she said she would do it. And she needed to. So she did. 

  Fifteen-year-old Evelyn Hartley had never baby-sat for the Rasmusens, and when she arrived at the family’s home in the 2400 block of Hoeschler Drive, she was armed with a big bouquet of flowers. Lina saw her set them on the kitchen table. That was the last time she saw Evelyn. (Lina being Rozalyn)


Rasmussen Home-As you can see there is no indoor garage at the time. So if a burglar(s) happened to notice Evelyn inside. He would prob assume since there was no car out in the driveway that she was home alone. He could've verified it by staking the house out even for a short time. Or he didn't see Evelyn at the time and tried entering the house.) 

* Rasmussen's left their house at 6:45pm. (Mr. and Mrs. Rasmussen (Madeline) along with their 7 year old daughter Rozalyn.) This was the last time she was seen.
* Evie's mother Ethel was described as having a nervous feeling about the night as early as 7pm.
* Evie was instructed to put Janice down to bed at 7pm.
* At 7:15 she was instructed to place a blanket over Janice.
* She was suppose to call her parent's at 8:30 pm that night. She never did. (It was semi-common practice for Evelyn to call her parents at 8:30pm whenever she babysat.)
* Mr. Hartley tried calling the Rasmussen home several times and never received an answer. (He even double checked the number in the phone book.)
* Mr. Hartley then proceeded to drive over to the Rasmussen home. He arrived at 9:20pm.
* He knocked on both doors and rang the doorbell. No answer. The doors were locked. 
* Through one of the windows he noticed one of Evelyn's shoes and glasses on the living room floor.
*He then walked around the house and noticed a basement window open. He then accessed the house through the basement window.


*Upon entering the basement he noticed one of Evelyn's shoes on the basement floor. There was also a stool placed near the window in the basement.


* He then ran upstairs and found the other shoe on the floor along with her new glasses (broken) and her textbooks scattered about. Furniture was disarranged. There was also blood on the living room floor.
* He then found the baby Janice asleep in her room unharmed. Still uncovered. (So we can assume that whatever happened occurred on or before 7:15pm.)
* Mr. Hartley had a neighbor Frank Linder (From across the street) phone the police at 9:49 pm. Mr. Hartley spoke to authorities after Frank Linder dialed the number. (Source: LaCrosse Tribune 10/24/1954)
* Police Officers Don Schoenfeld and Ken Johnson arrived minutes later.

* Willard Sill was one of the original detectives on the case.
* Sill believes the prowler(s) saw Evie prior to breaking in. 
* Other newspaper accounts state other officials believe that Hartley's abduction was part of a botched burglary attempt. (Source:LaCrosse Tribune 10/24/54)
* 3 other windows had pry marks on them. 
* An attempted forced entry was found on a neighbors house.
* Footprints from a Size 11 Shoe were found in the dirt by the window as well as in the living room.

* Blood was found on the inside and outside areas of the window. 
*A puddle of blood that measured 18 inches across was found outside the basement window. The blood had Human Hair in it.
* Blood was found on the side of the Rasmussen home. A Bloody Hand Print.
* Blood was also found around the corner at a neighbors home at 2310 Coulee Dr. It was smeared on the side of the garage. (Eugene Downer home)
* Blood was also found at 2311 Coulee Dr. The blood was found seeped into a window well. The Police believe that Evelyn may have been rested there for a brief period of time. When Ethel Hartley saw the blood at this address. She stated she knew her daughter was no longer alive.
* There has been speculation that the blood amount left at all the locations was not enough to be fatal. And the Police believe that the blood left was from her nose. As if the perpetrator slapped or punched Evelyn in the nose. Causing a hemorrhage. 
* A neighbor reported hearing screams at 7:15pm that night.
(Elvin and Helen Saterback)
* Elvin stated there were either 2 or 3 screams. With the last one muffled or choked off in the middle. He assumed it was neighborhood children being punished and didn't think much of it. He assumed that the reasons one was muffled was that one of the parents took the child in the house and the door was slammed.
* Helen described the scream as a "Stop" or "Getaway from me" scream.
* Helen also stated she saw an Old Sedan that was a Dark Tan in color.
* The same size 11 footprint was in other yards in the neighborhood. Leading Detectives and LE to speculate that the suspect(s) was prowling and came upon Evie. That she wasn't targeted.
* The initial search for Evie lasted until around 1am (Early hours of the 25th) that night. And was called off until the next day.
* No roadblocks were utilized that night. (Seriously?)
* The Rasmussens were allowed to return to their house after that. Officer Schoenfeld stated that the areas where evidence was left was preserved until the next morning.
* The next morning nearly a thousand supporters converged on the Rasmussen home to assist in the search for Evie. The Police Department issued a statement earlier requesting volunteers to assist in the search.
* There was evidence that she was dragged down to the basement and lifted up and out the same basement window the perpetrator presumably entered the house by. The basement window according to police was 14 inches wide. (That was just one of the theories. This one makes no sense imo.)
* There was also evidence suggesting the suspect(s) left out the front door as well. The front door was described as a "self locking door".
* If she was lifted through the window its likely there were more than one perpetrator. Likely 2. This is also validated by a neighbor Ed Hofer ("Mister X") who nearly collided with a two toned 1941 or 42 two toned Buick speeding westward from the neighborhood. Mr. Hofer noticed 2 men and a woman. A man driving. And a man in the backseat with a woman. Mr. Hofer noticed the same 3 (presumably) minutes earlier staggering down the street where the blood was later found.
* Ed Hofer was referred to as Mr. X in reports and articles for many years after the abduction to protect his identity.

ED HOFER'S AKA "MR. X" STORY



(La Crosse LE disputed the claim Ed Hofer stated he saw the same car since and recognized the driver.(Second Page)
                          
* LE believes she was placed in a car and taken away. Possibly south near the Goose Island area. (According to Schoenfeld there were reported screams in that area that night.)
* Nothing of value was taken from the house. So that discounts robbery as a motive. Unless they didn't know Evie was in the house and came upon her by accident.
* Bloodhounds were utilized numerous times to track Evelyn's scent. They always led to the street. Which is why LE believes she was put into a vehicle. 
* Apparently a peeping tom had been operating on the south side of the town for over a year at the time.
* On the 27th Mr. Hartley made a public plea for his daughter's return.
* Later that week a search was undertaken to search every car in the county. Gas Station operators would check the cars when they came to get gas. If the owner refused. They were reported. If the car was good. A sticker was placed on it saying "My Car Is OK". (SMH REALLY????)
*Evelyn's father requested, took, and passed a lie detector test to eliminate him from suspicion.

MORE OF "MR. X" STORY





                      (Sorry even when you zoom in its hard to read)

THE CAR



* The stains in the car turned out not to be blood.

* The County eventually hired A.M. "Joe" Josephson as the La Crosse County Criminal Investigator. (A new position was created) And he was to specifically work the Hartley case. Josephson was a 33 year old former Army Criminologist. And an expert with the polygraph.



*  In May 1954, (Under the direction of A.M. Josephson) mass lie detector tests were conducted on La Crosse area high school boys in an attempt to find more information about Hartley's disappearance. Authorities planned to test 1,750 students and faculty, but the lie detector testing was controversial and was halted after around 300 were tested.
* Josephson worked the Hartley case for years and eventually came up with an outline of the suspects.



                                                Suspected path of abductor(s)

OUTLINE OF SUSPECTS
1) There were 2 of them
2) From the Chicago Area, And at the time were working near the La Crosse area.
3) Kidnappers were Steeplejacks at one point
4) Larger one wore size 11 shoes and operated a whizzer motorbike.
5) Smaller one was 5'6 to 5'7 and around 130-140 lbs.
6) Over several months Josephson tracked down receipts and sales records related to whizzer motorbikes. But never had any worthwhile suspects.

THE EVIDENCE.

The Shoes and Jacket had been positively determined to have been in the Rasmussen home. It had been determined by spectrographic analysis. (Chicago Tribune 7/14/57) 

The Shoes and the Jacket were shown in more than 30 towns in Wisconsin and Minnesota but nothing came of this. (LaCrosse Tribune 10/24/54)

Several days after Evelyn's disappearance a bloodstained Bra and Panties were found near the underpass of Highway 14. About 2 miles from the Rasmussen home. They were Evelyn's size. Her mother was unable to confirm if they were in fact her daughter's. It should be noted that area was previously searched and the bra and panties were either missed by the search party. Or placed there afterwards. LE believes that they were thrown from a car and blown to their location. 
A bloodstained pair of men's pants were also found along the same road 4 miles away from where the bra and panties were found. It was later determined that the blood on the panties was menstrual blood. Evelyn according to her father was menstruating at the time. The blood on the pants as well as the panties was Type A blood. Same as Evelyn's. (Source: Wausau Daily Herald 10/31/53) Also, The State Crime Lab stated they found a good palm print in the blood near the Rasmussen home. Tiny Threads of Cloth were found in the print. And shreds of Red Cloth were found in a pool of blood found 10 yards away from the Rasmussen home. Evelyn was wearing Red Slacks at the time of her abduction. (Source: The Daily Chronicle of Dekalb Illinois 10/28/53)

THE PANTS
THE SHOES


* The shoes were manufactured by the Goodrich Rubber Company on or around June 2nd, 1951.
* On 10/29/53 along U.S. Highway 14, 2 miles North of Coon Valley, LE finds a pair of Bloody Sneakers.  (Pictured above)  (Not enough blood on the shoes to determine the type.)
* They were size 11, Same size as the prints left at the scene. And the soles seem to matched the distinctive prints left in the mud at the scene. As well as the one left in the living room.
* LE determined that 2 separate people seemed to have wore the shoes.
* There were wear patterns consistent with a Whizzer Motor Bike.
                                                          Whizzer Motor-Bike

* The type of shoe, A Goodrich "Hood Mogul" were not sold in Wisconsin in 3 years. The last place to carry such a shoe was a village store in Viroqua.
* The shoes were also sold in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Illinois. 
* The shoes also had serial numbers inside which LE attempted to trace. 
* The area where the shoes were found was previously searched. Which lead LE to believe they were placed there to mislead the investigation.
* An African American Hair was said to be inside one of the shoes.
"We know definitely that the shoes were placed there a short time before they were found." Captain Leo Kihm



THE JACKET

A bloodstained jacket was also found along Highway 14 shortly after Evelyn was abducted. It was picked up by a local farmer who then notified the Police of it being in his possession. 
*It was a Blue Denim Small Sized Overall Jacket. Size 36.
*Metallic Buttons, 1 of 4 buttons missing. 2nd from bottom.
*It was found around 800 feet North of where the shoes were located. 
*It was laying in sight of the highway and on the same side the shoes were located on.
*It was stained with human blood. 
*Wear mark running the entire width of the jacket under arm pits. Possibly from a safety harness. 1 3/4 inches wide.
*Bast Fibers, Like the kind used in scrubbing brushes were left inside the left pocket.
* Metal Paints Flecks on jacket.
* 3 inch vertical tear near the button holes had been machine sewn with brown thread.

                             (Creepy as Hell! WTF is covering his face and why?)


MORE

*Prior to Evelyn's abduction there were 3 unsolved murders in LaCrosse in recent years.  (Source:Chicago Daily Tribune: 1/12/54)


*A prowler had been operating on the south side of town for the better part of a year at the time Evelyn was abducted.


                                                            La Crosse Tribune 8-20-53

*The day of the abduction there was a Student Council Convention in LaCrosse. Over 400 Student Council Leaders from 100 Schools all over Wisconsin and Minnesota.There was an all day session on Friday and another at noon on Saturday. (And homecoming on top of that) (Source:Chicago Daily Tribune: 1/12/54)

*A Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Downer were residents of the adjacent home where bloodstains were found on the outer wall. She stated she heard no disturbance throughout the evening but had noticed at about 8pm that a light colored automobile was circling the block. She saw the car pass her home at least 3 times. She did not notice the occupant or occupants tho. (Source:Chicago Tribune 10/26/53)

* A Bernard J. Lauer was also questioned regarding Evelyn's abduction. He was described as a 43 year old salesman from Eau Claire. He was also fat. Reportedly
weighing 235 lbs. He was already being held on a rape charge at the time. He was in the area at the time selling roofing. His alibi did indeed check out.  (No way his fat ass was getting through that 14 inch window. And you couldn't use butter. Cuz he'd have eaten it. Just sayin.) (Source: The Commercial Mail: 10/27/53)

*On 10/30/1953 A LaCrosse man was questioned and cleared of any involvement after he was picked up on a rape complaint. (Accused of raping a 15 year old girl) News reports didn't name the person. (Source Green-Bay Press Gazette 10/31/53) In that same article they mention John J. Watson although not by name.

*On 10/30/53 The FBI informed LaCrosse County District Attorney John Bosshard that they would not enter the case. Bosshard was informed by an agent heading up the Milwaukee office, a Robert L. Murphy who stated according to Bosshard "Murphy advised me that in his opinion there is no federal offense that present evidence can substantiate and that the FBI is unable to come in and give us assistance." This was an idiotic technicality. From reading they took Bosshard's description of the abduction as a Sex Crime rather than a Kidnapping. A Kidnapping is a Federal Offense and a Sex Crime isn't. Someone really needed to hit Murphy on the head with a tack hammer because this case can be classified as both. Utter Dipshitery. (Source: Marshfield News-Herald 10/31/53)

*In 1954 Sheriff Ivan Wright died of a heart ailment. Which was aggravated due to overwork. His death was blamed on overwork from the Hartley case.
                                                   

*Even though Mr. Hartley praised LE's efforts. Many in the surrounding area felt differently. A neighbor told a Chicago Tribune reporter two months after the abduction that "What we need here is an investigation of the investigators in the Hartley case." & "If you want to get away with murder, Just move to LaCrosse." 
(Source Wisconsin State Journal-11/25/74) 

*After the kidnapping more than 3000 Boy Scouts, High School Students, The Civil Air Patrol and Citizens engaged in an air, river, and land search to no avail.

*Authorities considered it first to be a runaway case until they found the blood. LE didn't protect the crime scene either. A crowd formed after LE was called. And they feel they may have lost some evidence as a result of this.

*Police were looking for an automobile that was seen in the area at the time Evelyn was abducted. They had mixed up the license plate numbers and were searching for the wrong vehicle for almost 3 months. (Source:Chicago Tribune:1/21/54)

*At one point the police had a 17 year old suspect who was in the possession of a pair of bloody trousers. He was released on his explanation that it was chicken blood. He was an unemployed laborer and was arrested shortly after Evelyn disappeared. According to articles at the time the suspect then fled to Texas. His name was never mentioned. Police later admitted they lost the trousers. (Source:Chicago Tribune 1/21/54)

*LE investigated a former LaCrosse man that then lived in Superior, Wisconsin. He was at one time considered a suspect but was eventually cleared. The man was named Gerald W. Adams. He was still held on Moral Charges at the time. (Source:The Lincoln Star: 10/25/54)

*A Vernon F. Kahler was also investigated. A reported Fairmount, Minnesota farmer. He was cleared of any involvement. (Source: LaCrosse Tribune 10/30/54)

*A rumor has it that Evelyn is buried under Highway 33 which was paved a few days after her disappearance.

* LaCrosse County had a higher number of convicted sex deviants per capita than any other county in Wisconsin.

* Approximately 75 Sex Offenders were questioned and all cleared.

* Over the years LE questioned a South Dakota Farm Worker, A Duluth Minnesota Mechanic, A Fond Du Lac Laborer, And a Minnesota Steeplejack (Roy Mattson). None were arrested. 

*In 1971 a dumbass named Tommy Thompson was arrested for cashing bad checks. He later told police that he kidnapped, raped and murdered Evelyn Hartley back in 53. Police checked his story and found out the bozo was in prison in Minnesota at the time. He was later charged for making a false statement. Hopefully he met Bubba.

*In August of 1954 a dipshit named Jack Duffrin was arrested for attempting to extort $500 from the Hartley family. He claimed to know information regarding her d/sappearance. Police caught the rocket scientist and arrested him. He was actually one of the many questioned earlier in the investigation. He passed a polygraph at the time and he was cleared. 

*In a Wisconsin State Journal article on 11/25/1974 a Sheriff William Black stated he wanted to pursue a lead that involved a 1942 4 Door Buick Sedan with a Light Green Top that was seen in the area at the time. He believes the 2 men that went to California may have been involved in the abduction.

*According to Steve Bothun in 1988 the police didn't know where the shoes and jacket were. They are presumed lost or unaccounted for. (Unbelievable!)
                                                




INTERESTING
LaCrosse Tribune 11-18-53
                                        St Cloud Times: 11/18/53 (Minnesota)


                                            This clue eventually fizzled out....

(I needed to make a correction on the Watson and Tygue aspect to this entry. This was done through no fault of my own.  I had them confused with ONE suspect. Watson was NOT guilty of the Madison attacks as my previous entry erroneously stated. Tygue was SUSPECTED of the attacks. Tygue who's name had a few different spellings according to which newspaper reported on him passed a polygraph and declared his innocence in the Madison attacks. Despite the victims picking him out of photos at the time. Tygue's last name was spelled as Tague and Tygue when reported in the newspapers. And I have a suspicion that the first name is actually Hayward and the last being Teague. But Ill go with the newspaper reports until I find out otherwise. Both man's prints however were looked into as suspects.) 

HAYVERD TYGUE

Hayverd Tygue was arrested in relation to two attacks upon women in Madison, Wisconsin. Attacks that were similar to Evie's.  In one of the attacks he entered through a basement window and hit a woman with a Slapjack. The house entered was also in a newly developed part of town. (Source Wasau Daily Herald 10/31/53 In that article it states there were 3 attacks) He fled when in both attacks the woman screamed.(Source-Racine Journal Times 10-30-53) One of the women picked him out of a photograph. And there are interesting correlations with this man and Evie's abduction. When apprehended this man was driving a stolen car from CHICAGO.(See outline of suspects)  It was tan in color with Illinois license plates. Similar to the one reported in the area at the time of Evelyn's abduction.(One such incident happened the night before Evelyn's abduction.)Within the car was a lead pipe with human hairs on it.  (Remember LE found an African American hair in one of the shoes) 


JOHN J. WATSON

Another African American suspect that was looked into was John J. Watson. His prints were compared with the prints left at the Hartley crime scene. Nothing apparently came of this. He was convicted in 1954 of Carnal Knowledge and Abuse. He was paroled twice. He was eventually convicted of the rape and murder of Edna Mauch in 1958. He was also responsible for attacking 2 women with a hammer in 1980. Killing one. He died on November 12, 2007 at the age of 86. Good 

Riddance to this Sick Sunuvabitch. (Mr. Watson lived in Madison, Wisconsin at one point. And again remember LE found an African American hair in one of the shoes.)

John J. Watson: Edna Mauch Slaying

Man Arrested For 1958 Wauwatosa Cold Case Murder, Rape
 December 11, 2003 
Posted on 12/11/2003, 
DNA Evidence May Be Used
MADISON, Wis. -- A Madison man is behind bars in connection with a 45-year-old murder mystery.

Wauwatosa police used DNA evidence to link John Watson, 82, to the rape and murder of Edna Mauch back in 1958. He was charged with her murder in 1960. Police said he raped Mauch and beat her to death with a brick in 1958 while she slept in her home in suburban Wauwatosa, with her husband in the next room. Prosecutors dismissed the case.

Watson is in the Dane County Jail while Milwaukee County authorities decide whether to file a murder charge against him.

Wauwatosa police Det. Lisa Hudson reopened the case a year ago after someone told her about it. Hudson found Mauch's pajamas, bedding and other evidence still wrapped and sealed in the department's evidence storage room.

Investigators found DNA in body fluids on a few of the victim's hairs. That DNA linked the case to the Madison man, a paroled felon, after a court order allowed police to collect genetic material from him, Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber said.

Hudson (pictured, right), along with detective Keith Warner, convinced Weber the case was worth checking out.

"Granted, he may be 82 now, but our concern is what he did in 1958," Warner said.
Watson has a lengthy criminal history that includes other attacks on woman, Weber said.
WISN 12 News talked with Mauch's daughter in Central Wisconsin Wednesday. She broke into to tears and said she was so grateful the Wauwatosa police decided to pursue the case. She said she wants Watson to spend the rest of his life in prison.
If Watson is charged and convicted, it will be the oldest case solved by DNA testing.

Old MurderWed 12-10-2003
DNA links Madison man to 1958 murder
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Edna Mauch was raped and beaten to death with a brick 45 years ago while she slept in her home with her husband in the next room. Now police say they have DNA evidence that solves the case. The evidence links the attack to the same Madison man who was charged with the murder in 1960 only to have prosecutors dismiss the case.
Milwaukee County prosecutors are reviewing the new evidence but haven't yet filed new charges against the man, who now is 82, Assistant District Attorney Mark Williams said Wednesday.
The case is the oldest in Wisconsin believed to be solved by DNA evidence and one of the oldest in the nation, said Mike Roberts, administrator for the state Division of Law Enforcement Services.
A Wauwatosa detective reopened the case a year ago after someone told her about it.
Detective Lisa Hudson found Mauch's pajamas, bedding and other evidence still wrapped and sealed in the department's evidence storage room, Chief Barry Weber said.
Investigators found DNA in body fluids on a few of the victim's hairs. That DNA linked the case to the Madison man, a paroled felon, after a court order allowed police to collect genetic material from him, Weber said.
Police took the man into custody Nov. 26 for a possible parole violation. The suspect, who was around 37 at the time of the murder, is being held in Dane County Jail.
He has a lengthy criminal history that includes other attacks on woman, Weber said.
He was charged with the murder in 1959 based on some information provided to police by some jail inmates. Weber wasn't sure what caused the case's dismissal in 1960 and said his investigators can't find those court files.
The evidence and his department's records were 'just put away and left alone' after 1960, he said.
Roberts, of the law enforcement services division, said it is unusual for a police department to still have evidence that old that could still yield a sample of biological material suitable for DNA testing.
Mauch's daughter, Marcia Janke, said she hoped District Attorney E. Michael McCann will take the case to court now that the DNA evidence is available.
'I hope McCann feels that it's important enough that this man take responsibility for what he's done,' said Janke, 74, of Wild Rose in central Wisconsin. 'They pretty well knew when this happened who it was, but somehow this terrible man was released.'
Janke, who was 29 at the time of the murder, said she and her two younger sisters have followed the case closely since they learned police reopened it.
'Living without my mother was terrible for me,' she said. 'She was in her 50s, which isn't that old. She could have had a lot of life yet. I wish I could count the times I wished she were alive.'





ED GEIN

                                                             ED GEIN #MONSTER

* After his arrest, Ed Gein was considered a suspect in Hartley's disappearance since he was visiting a relative a few blocks away from the area of Hartley's disappearance at the time. However, police found no trace of Hartley's remains during a search of his property. Gein denied involvement in Hartley's disappearance and passed 2 lie detector tests in November 1957, authorities announced that Gein had been cleared of any connection to the disappearances of Hartley and Georgia Weckler, an 8 year old that disappeared in 1947. After being committed to a mental institution, Gein was later declared insane, and died in 1984, yet some still consider him a suspect. 


STEVE BOTHUN INVESTIGATES- 5 PART SERIES



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*Note: Janice Cowley's Father Commited Suicide in 1986. Janice was the original babysitter that Evie subbed for. This has led to some conspiracy type claims that he may have been involved in Evie's abduction. I call bullshit.
Milford A. Cowley

THE TAPE


  1. Transcript of Taped Conversation at The Raven in La Farge, WI 1968-1969

    Whitey Barclay : …That’s about the time…. about the time you hauled that Hartley girl down there (unintelligible)…… [owner of house deleted] That right? 
    Clyde Tywee Peterson : …. I’s up on that deal. 
    Whitey Barclay: Huh? 
    Clyde Tywee Peterson: …I’s up on that deal. 
    Whitey Barclay: You was up or down? What…everything else [location deleted].
    {Unintelligible} 
    Clyde Tywee Peterson: Up, up, up. 
    Whitey Barclay : What do you mean, up? ---(deleted)---- why not? Why not? 
    Clyde Tywee Peterson: ….. dig up graves and everything else [location deleted].
    Whitey Barclay: …but the thing is, you hauled her from La Crosse down to --( house location deleted)----and back to La Crosse…. huh? 
    Clyde Tywee Peterson: …. no. 
    Whitey Barclay: You didn’t haul her back every time? 
    Clyde Tywee Peterson: …. no. 
    Whitey Barclay: You did haul her up there, though? 
    Clyde Tywee Peterson: ….. no witness….. no proof……. they haven’t found her, have they? 
    Whitey Barclay: I don’t give a sh-- (deleted)----about proof. 
    Unidentified Woman #1: What girl? 
    Whitey Barclay: The Hartley girl. 
    Unidentified Woman #1: What Hartley girl?
    Whitey Barclay: Yeah, well this is the Hartley girl that disappeared in La Crosse, and he hauled her to---( location deleted)---and she disappeared. 
    Whitey Barclay: He {unintelligible}…. You know damn right he all done it …… and I know it, and he told me with his own mouth.
    Unidentified Woman: From La Crosse? 
    Whitey Barclay: Yeah. That’s the girl they never did solve the mystery on, see. 
    Whitey Barclay : I’ll tell you another thing that’s ridiculous, (unintelligible) won’t tell him… Jack Gaulthair he went crazy and shot himself. 
    Whitey Barclay : Yeah…. yeah… 
    Whitey Barclay: He knows about it, too. ---( name deleted)---- knows about it, and you know ---(deleted)---- is scared to death of his kids because he’s afraid he’s goin’ to kill {unintelligible}, and I think ---( deleted)---- knows about it, too. 
    Whitey Barclay: …. I’ll be damned… 
    Whitey Barclay: I think , I think she’s buried down there, too……. and old --( deleted)----is just scared of his kids! ---( name deleted)---- was the biggest man there was……. why is he scared of his kids?..... ‘cause he knew where she’s buried, didn’t he? You think I’m right or wrong? I…. I… can read between the lines Tywee….. and …. and… shut it off, shut it off. ~End of transcript
                                 9/23/74 CLYDE "TYWEE" PETERSON 

                                       12/26/67 JACK GAULTHAIR 


                                                          2/4/53

      Irony, Little did anyone know that years later Gaulthair himself would be a person of interest. Yet in the October 24th Edition of the Daily Telegram in 1955 Evie's story and Jack's are on the same page.                            


ADDITIONAL
Thomas Hartley-Evie's Brother
Thomas Gordon Hartley

    Hartley, Thomas Gordon (1931 - 2016)

    Born 9 January 1931 in Beaumont, Texas, USA, died 8 March 2016, in Canberra, ACT.
    Tom Hartley was a long-term staff member of the Australian National Herbarium (CANB) and a valued colleague to those who worked there.
    Born and educated in the USA, Tom worked for CSIRO from 1961 to 1965 (as botanist for the Phytochemical Survey of New Guinea) and again from 1971 until his retirement. In the intervening period he was a curator at the Herbarium of the Arnold Arboretum (A) at Harvard University.
    Post-retirement Tom continued to work at CANB, writing treatments for works including the Flora of New Caledonia and the Flora of Australia, until just a few years ago when forced to stop due to ill health.
    Tom’s lifetime of research focused on studies of the family Rutaceae and he collected extensively in New Guinea, Australia and the Pacific. The specimens held at CANB are a valuable resource for research by staff and visiting scientists.
    In his private life Tom was also a talented jazz pianist.

Carolyn Hartley-Landsverk Evie's Sister (Past & Present Day)
                                        Lacrosse Tribune 3/14/65

                            LaCrosse Tribune- 5/5/68 (Uncanny Resemblance To Her Sis)

                         


                   Jan Wiggert-Baby Janus (Present Day)


                           (Snapshot of the now defunct FindEvelynHartley.org webpage)
Evelyn Trailer-(Movie was never completed)
                               
                                          THIN AIR PODCAST 
                                         
                                       
                                                                  Old Donation Pledge
So take a look at me now, oh there's just an empty space
And there's nothing left here to remind me
Just the memory of your face
Ooh take a look at me now, well there's just an empty space
And you coming back to me is against the odds and that's what I've got to face

P.S. Here ya go Corina;) 
                                                           (Clue didn't pan out)
                                               

Comments

  1. In my entire life, my father would never, ever know whether or not I was menstruating.

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  2. Believe me, I definitely understand that! Not to make this sound weird. Some families are different. Maybe he knew because he saw some feminine hygiene accessories in the trash and knew his wife wasn't. I dunno. Maybe he overheard a "mother daughter conversation". I have daughters and believe me sometimes I hear stuff I'd rather not.

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  3. My theory has always been that Evelyn was trying to ESCAPE out the basement window. Perp hit her in LR, glasses broken on floor, a shoe, and blood, suggest that. They don't state there was a large amount of blood in LR, nor "spray" which suggests she was NOT hit in the nose (getting popped in the nose, whether it breaks or not, usually will bleed buckets) Perhaps Evelyn even got a shot in and it was the killers blood on the carpet. I think Evelyn escaped and ran, running down the basement (out of fear/confusion) losing her shoe while running down the stairs and EVELYN is the one who put the stool under the window to crawl out the window to escape. This is the only explanation that makes sense on why the stool is beneath the window. She put it there. The killer did not put a stool there and heave evelyn out the basement window, that is ludicrous. Killer either ran out the front door and around the house and caught Evelyn coming out the window and clubbed her in the head (profuse blood spill) or the accomplice (if you believe there was one) saw Evelyn trying to escape and clubbed in the head as she was coming thru window. (Hair in the blood) Evelyn is now rendered at least dazed, if not unconscious, and had to be carried. The neighbors window well, with the large amount of blood, is where the killer rested or fell from carrying her OR Evelyn "roused" at that point and had to be clubbed again (hence the large pool of blood) Head/scalp wounds bleed PROFUSELY, even if small because of the concentration of blood vessels in the scalp. The palm print is from the killer steadying himself against the garage as he carried her, and the smear could have been from the killer, Evelyns hand perhaps, or her head sliding across the house. It's extremely arduous carrying a human being and the staggering, resting, steadying yourself, is normal and expected. I'm not disturbed by Mr. Hartley confirming that she was on her period. You have to consider the times. This was the early '50's and the police probably spoke very little to Mrs. Hartley, they probably spoke almost exclusively to Mr. They probably asked Mr. Hartley to ask his wife (the police asking the wife would be deemed improper ) he did, and then relayed the info back to the police. It was reported that he confirmed it because he did..but the original knowledge came from Mrs. Hartley.

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    1. That was essentially Josephson's train of thought as well.

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