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Beyond Cold Blood

The KBI from Ma Barker to BTK

Larry Welch

Publication Year: 2014

The history of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation from the In Cold Blood killers to the BTK serial killer by the longtime director of the KBI.

Published by: University Press of Kansas

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-xii

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is a collection of fewer than 300 professional men and women positioned across the state of Kansas to serve the criminal justice systems of both the state and nation. They are assigned to nationally accredited forensic laboratories in Topeka, Kansas City, Pittsburg, and Great Bend; ...

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1. Macksville: The Escape from Lansing and the Shootout on Main Street

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pp. 1-7

The land on which it was to be built was purchased by the Kansas legislature in 1861, the same year Kansas became a state and the first year of the Civil War. It was built to hold the very worst of Kansas. It was opened in 1868 and it continues to hold some of the worst of Kansas today. ...

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2. Genesis: Director Lou Richter and the KBI's First Team

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pp. 8-17

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation had a somewhat shaky start. Kansas Attorney General Jay Parker, later given much credit for the agency’s inception, was initially a reluctant KBI sponsor. He would eventually become its most ardent supporter. Parker would also later become a justice and then chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. ...

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3. Transition: The Thirties, War, and New Leadership

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pp. 18-36

Why the KBI was envisioned in the first place is as important as how it was envisioned. To understand why, one must understand the Kansas of the 1930s and the conditions that led to the creation of a new agency within the Kansas criminal justice system. ...

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4. Clutter: "Cold Blood" in Western Kansas, Justice on Lansing's Gallows

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pp. 37-51

The Clutter case, which more than any other symbolizes the KBI, started in a cell in Lansing in June 1959—not on a farm near Holcomb, Kansas, in November 1959. It would also end in Lansing, but not until April 14, 1965. It would end on the gallows at Lansing. ...

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5. Sanford: KBI Growth, 1957-1969

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pp. 52-63

At the age of twenty-one, during the summer of 1928, Logan Sanford worked for the police department in Kinsley, Kansas, as a motorcycle patrolman. That fall he entered the University of Kansas as a freshman. He attended classes in the morning and worked as a patrolman for the Lawrence Police Department during the afternoons, evenings, and weekends. ...

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6. Directors, KBI Directors, 1969-1994

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pp. 64-72

From the creation of the KBI in 1939 through my own tenure that ended in 2007, ten directors, including Lou Richter and Logan Sanford, have served at the pleasure of fourteen Kansas attorneys general. ...

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7. Samaritan: The KBI Helps Overturn Two Criminal Convictions

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pp. 73-80

With rare exception, requests for KBI investigative and forensic assistance come from Kansas sheriffs, police departments, prosecutors, or the attorney general. On at least one occasion the request came from a Kansas district court judge who feared justice had not prevailed in a recent trial in his courtroom, had the courage to say so, ...

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8. Pyle: Homicide without a Body

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pp. 81-92

At 5:15 A.M., Thursday, April 8, 1971, an interstate truck driver stopped a deputy sheriff on Highway 54 in Greensburg, Kansas. The trucker told the officer that a few minutes earlier, as he was coming through Haviland, twelve miles east of Greensburg, he had seen a fire far in the distance, south of Haviland. ...

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9. Nemecheck: Serial Murder in Rural Kansas

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pp. 93-108

The teletype need not have been issued nationwide. The man responsible for the brutal murders lived less than twenty miles from the crime scene. He had lived within twenty miles of that crime scene all twenty-four years of his life. Before his identification and arrest a year and a half later he would murder two more young white females in western Kansas near Interstate 70. ...

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10. Stephanie: "Stephanie's Law" Born in Tragedy

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pp. 109-122

On June 30, 1993, Stephanie Rene Schmidt was nineteen years old. She was four days short of her twentieth birthday on July 4. She was blonde, five foot two in height, weighed 115 pounds, and had hazel eyes. She was bright and beautiful. She was a student at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, between her sophomore and junior years. ...

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11. Carrie: Second Coed's Slaying Leads to Death Row

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pp. 123-134

Less than one year after the Kansas Supreme Court affirmed that Donald Ray Gideon should remain in prison until his 119th birthday for raping, sodomizing, and strangling Stephanie Rene Schmidt, another recent parolee brutally murdered another Pittsburg State University coed. ...

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12. Shannon: The KBI Goes to Costa Rica

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pp. 135-153

The telephone at the residence of Brad and Jeanette Stauffer in Topeka, Kansas, rang at 6:30 A.M. on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2001. Jeanette answered. The caller asked, “Are you Jeanette Stauffer?” “Yes,” she replied. The caller continued, “Are you the mother of Shannon Lucile Martin?” ...

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13. Liz: The KBI Assists in a Very Cold Case

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pp. 154-201

She was the only daughter and the oldest of the four children of Al and Kay Wilson of Prairie Village, Kansas, a nice suburb of Kansas City. On Sunday, July 7, 1974, she was thirteen years old, having reached that young milestone less than two weeks earlier. She was known to giggle frequently, as little girls do, and all who knew her considered her a delight. ...

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14. 9/11: Priorities Change

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pp. 202-215

I was sitting in a small witness room in the Reno County Courthouse in Hutchinson, Kansas, waiting to testify in Reno County District Court in a criminal proceeding. There was no telephone or television or radio in the room. It was the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. ...

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15. Meth: Biggest Crime Scourge, 1996-2005

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pp. 216-229

Nothing caused as much heartache and frustration during my tenure as KBI director as methamphetamine and what it did to Kansas communities, Kansas families, Kansas law enforcement, and the Kansas criminal justice system. The KBI fought that particular war, especially from 1994 until 2001, with extremely limited resources and few allies. ...

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16. Matt: Methamphetamine Costs the Life of a Kansas Sheriff

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pp. 230-261

January 19, 2005, was not a bad winter day for Kansas. It was a sunny, albeit cold, day. Fields and yards in Greenwood County, Kansas, in the southeast portion of the state, held isolated patches of snow, but it would be a shirtsleeve day for many of the county’s residents as those fields and yards turned soft and even muddy by midday. ...

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17. BTK: The KBI Helps Pursue the Infamous Killer

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pp. 262-313

On the morning of January 15, 1974, four members of a family were brutally murdered at 803 North Edgemoor in Wichita. The victims, a husband and wife and their two youngest children, had been bound with window blind cord, gagged, and strangled to death for no apparent reason. ...

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18. Expansion: Special Agents Repositioned and the Creation of a Cold Case Squad

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pp. 314-328

I repeated those words and that oath to Kansas Attorney General Bob Stephan on July 18, 1994, in the crowded auditorium at KBI headquarters, filled with active and retired KBI employees, family members, friends, and Kansas law enforcement officials. Former KBI directors Logan Sanford, Jim Malson, Tom Kelly, and Dave Johnson honored me with their presence, ...

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19. Forensics: Murder in a Soccer Field, National Accreditation, and New Laboratories

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pp. 329-351

In July 1998, the KBI formed a small squad of agents to help address the dramatic increase in computer crimes that Kansas law enforcement was experiencing. The squad’s charter members were Dave Schroeder, Richard Marchewka, John McElroy, and Richard Vick, under the command of Special Agent in Charge Kevan Pfeifer. ...

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20. Reflections: The Project; Mississippi Mud; Technology

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pp. 352-374

What Terry Knowles and his dedicated people were accomplishing within the forensic chambers of the KBI was similar to what Special Agent in Charge (and later Assistant Director) Chuck Sexson, Special Agent in Charge Dave Sim, Information Resource Manager Ron Rohrer, and the equally dedicated men and women of the KBI’s Information Services Division (ISD) ...


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pp. 375-384


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pp. 385-396

E-ISBN-13: 9780700620579
Print-ISBN-13: 9780700620166

Page Count: 406
Illustrations: 29 photographs
Publication Year: 2014