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
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Siblings: Thomas Gordon Hartley (22). Carolyn Hartley (6) Richard Charles Hartley(Died of Polio in 1946 while in the Navy. Other reports state 1950)
Residence: 1533 Johnson St.
* Evelyn attended a Presbyterian Youth Camp the prior summer.
Her Class Yearbook was dedicated to Evie
(I tried to enhance a photo from the yearbook.)
* 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.
* Other newspaper accounts state other officials believe that Hartley's abduction was part of a botched burglary attempt. (Source:LaCrosse Tribune 10/24/54)
* 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".
ED HOFER'S AKA "MR. X" STORY
MORE OF "MR. X" STORY
(Sorry even when you zoom in its hard to read)
* The stains in the car turned out not to be blood.
OUTLINE OF SUSPECTS
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 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.
(Creepy as Hell! WTF is covering his face and why?)
*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!)
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 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)
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.
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.'
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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
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)
Lacrosse Tribune 3/14/65
THIN AIR PODCASTEvelyn Trailer-(Movie was never completed)
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;)