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'The Vault' true crime stories: A week in review for Aug 28

A round-up of The Vault's true crime stories for the past week

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Here is a quick round-up of some of our top stories this week

Dorothy's stolen ruby slippers found years ago, but mystery remains in Minnesota town

These ruby slippers -- one of several pairs worn in "The Wizard of Oz" -- were stolen in 2005 from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, but the FBI's Minneapolis Field Office will conduct a Tuesday afternoon press conference to announce that the ruby slippers have been recovered. File / News Tribune


ST. PAUL — Situated among the dense woods of northern Minnesota, Grand Rapids is a small town of about 11,000, most famous for being the birthplace of beloved movie star Judy Garland.

Grand Rapids also was home to one of the most notorious thefts in recent memory — and it happened right where Garland grew up.

In August 2005, a burglar snatched the pair of ruby slippers that Garland wore as Dorothy during the filming of 1939's "The Wizard of Oz."

Grisly murder of ‘too trusting’ South Dakota teen sparked intense trial

Jasmine Guevara
Jasmine Guevara (photo courtesy of the South Dakota Attorney General's Office)

MITCHELL, S.D. — Alexander Salgado and Maricela Diaz are both in prison for a long time.


Nearly 12 years ago, the pair were arrested and eventually convicted in the killing of Mitchell teen Jasmine Guevara, with Salgado pleading guilty and receiving a life sentence in 2010 and Diaz receiving 80 years in prison for murder at a trial in 2015, concurrent with 50 years for kidnapping in separate trials. She is eligible for parole in 2049.

The sentences were the conclusion to six years of investigation and court proceedings stemming from Guevara’s death which occurred Nov. 10, 2009.

Friends and family start the #FindBarbCotton movement in quest for answers in 40-year-old unsolved case

Friends and family of missing Barbara Louise Cotton recently raised funding to put up a billboard in Williston. Contributed / Lisa Jo Schiele

Lisa Jo Schiele wants to find out what happened to the 15-year-old girl named Barbara Louise Cotton who vanished from Williston, N.D. in 1981. And, she wants to find out soon.


A Moorhead doctor and a Fargo carpenter walk into a bar and walk into the 'Wagon Wrench Murder'

From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, Moorhead had a reputation as a rough and rowdy town with far more bars than most cities its size. This photo was taken at a saloon about three years after the "Wagon Wrench Murder." Photo courtesy of Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County / Special to Forum Communications Co.

MOORHEAD — No doubt Moorhead was rowdy the night of Sept. 6, 1909. Just across the Red River, Fargo’s first-ever Labor Day parade had just wrapped up. Along with parade participants and viewers, there were hundreds of single, young men in town helping with the beginning of harvest.

Many of the people out and about that day, either in the parade or working the fields, spent their evening in one of the many saloons scattered throughout the city. In 1909, Moorhead’s population was about 4,000, but the city was home to a staggering 44 saloons — bolstering the city’s infamous, wild reputation.

After 45 years in prison, North Dakota man convicted in double homicide, bank robbery set for release

David Anthony Feist in custody in 1976. Contributed / North Dakota Bureau of Investigation

David Anthony Feist is the last of three assailants to be getting out of prison for the murders of Wade and Ellen Zick of Zeeland, N.D.

Feist, now 66, is set for release on Feb. 14, 2022, from a medium security federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.


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