This writing is part of a continuing series on cold cases linked to domestic violence. Cases are taken from Unsolved Mysteries.
The case of Holly Maddux is on season 8, episode 7 of Unsolved Mysteries.
For legal purposes, the “husband” in this case was charged with crimes against his partner. He was charged with first-degree murder and given a life sentence in 2002. I have no physical evidence of domestic violence, only circumstantial evidence, the narrative given to us by those involved, and extensive knowledge on the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence. …
A 26-year-old mother of four named Inez Garcia disappeared from Santa Fe, New Mexico on November 2, 1952. She was last seen leaving a bar with a stranger at about one a.m. that morning.
The night before Inez disappeared, she had been drinking with family and friends at the Blue Ribbon Canteen (also known as George King’s Bar). Her husband, Juan Andres Jose Garcia, claims that Inez was extraordinarily drunk and had been drinking heavily all day before going out that night. Her sister, Mida Lujan, said that they couldn’t get Inez to leave the bar with them at 11…
On the morning of August 8, 1990, the body of 29-year-old Zoeann Gumby (alternatively referred to as “Zoeanna,” “Zoennie Anni,” “Zoe,” and “Zoe Anna”) was found on a dirt path off North Walker Drive in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She had been struck in the head sharply and killed.
Around the time of her death, Zoeann was staying with friends near Campbell Junior High so it is unclear why her body was found in New Smyrna Beach. She was one of six murdered Black women in the area over the previous two years.
Mary Mabel Hudgins is one of the first missing Black, brown, and/or Indigenous women listed on the NamUs website. 23-year-old Mabel was seven months pregnant when she disappeared on October 20, 1954. She was living in Santa Cruz, California with her husband, George Hudgins, and their two children.
George told authorities that he and Mabel argued the night she went missing. He left their home to cool-off and when he returned Mabel was gone, the kids were alone, he was missing $100, and there was a note telling him “You can go on alone.”
Mabel’s parent’s lived in Canada at…
Early in the day, on November 1, 1991, a 27-year-old mother of three named Linda Gale Green was found dead in the backseat of a car parked next to a canal on E. Harbor Drive South in St. Petersburg, Florida. Authorities determined that her death was the result of a gunshot wound and that she had been murdered.
There is no known motive nor any known suspects, and her case remains unsolved.
Ida Mae Lee (surname alternatively listed as “Costello”), a 25-year-old Navajo woman from the To’aheedliinii Clan, disappeared in the 1950's. She was last seen working at a Harvey Hotel in Coconino County, Arizona, most likely at the El Tovar Lodge where her husband, Preston Lee Monongye (surname alternatively spelled “Monongya” and also known as “Preston James Lee”), worked as a cook.
Ida and Preston met on a Hopi Reservation in Polacca in the 1940’s and were married on September 26, 1950. Preston was born to a Mexican father and a Californian Mission Indian mother, but was raised by a Hopi…
Sometime on the weekend of December 11, 2010, while she was babysitting her young grandson and cousin, 42-year-old Karen Angela Ferrell was beaten and killed. Her murderer then wrapped her body in plastic and hid her under the stairs in the basement. Her whereabouts were unknown to family and friends until the 18th, a week later.
Pawn Walker, Karen’s friend, reported her missing to police on the 15th when she brought Karen’s children home afterschool and found that the house was empty.
Witnesses told Tampa, Florida police that at around 11 am on November 15, 1971, they saw 39-year-old Marie Deloris Giles being driven in her car by her boyfriend. She was slumped over in the front passenger seat. The vehicle was later recovered at the Northgate Shopping Center, but Marie was not. She was never seen again.
The name of her boyfriend is publicly unknown, and there is no motive or suspect reported. Marie’s case remains unsolved.
There is an entry for a woman named Marie Deloris Laws-Giles on Ancestry.com that roughly matches the woman featured here. In it her date…
19-year-old Rena Mae Rincones Longoria left her parents’ Falfurrias, Texas home and headed to Premont on June 21, 1994. Nine months later, on March 13, 1995, her father reported her missing. Authorities presume she is deceased, but her body has never been recovered.
On May 16, 1994, a little over a month before she disappeared, Rena married 18-year-old John Eric Longoria, and at some point had the words “100%” and “John” tattooed on her left and right ankles, respectively. The pair had a one-year-old daughter together.
Until 1995, John’s address was listed in Premont, the city where Rena was last…
On the morning of March 9, 1982, a fire broke out in the trailer rented by 27-year-old mother of two, Oksun Kim West (alternatively spelled “OK Sun Kim West”). Callaway, Florida firefighters discovered her body in the wreck and initially determined that she had been an accidental victim of the fire, however, they soon discovered that first her throat had been slit. Police suspected that the fire was started in order to cover up her murder.