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 Karla Lou Brown

Karla Lou Brown

Birth
Lima, Allen County, Ohio, USA
Death 21 Jun 1978 (aged 22)
Wood River, Madison County, Illinois, USA
Burial Wood River, Madison County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 20296 · View Source
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Murder Victim. A bright future brought to a sad end the night of June 20, 1978. Karla and then fiance Mark were headed toward a promising new adventure. The couple had been together for five years and had only the night before had a moving party to thank the friends that helped them move into a new place as a couple together. Karla a cheerleader at Roxana high school was finishing up college and Mark had a promising job as an electrician. Mark and his friend Tom found Karla beaten, socks tied together around her throat and her small body bent at the waist submerged into a barrel of water. An autopsy would show that Karla had been strangled before being placed into the water barrel. Her murder was solved by forensic experts who analyzed bite marks on the victim's body two years after the crime was committed. Her murder is a landmark case since it used bite-mark analysis as a DNA sample that convicted the killer. It also involved an exhumation, something that is atypical of most murder trials. A three-week jury trial in June and July of 1983, found John Prante guilty of the murder of Karla Brown and he was sentenced to 75 years. Karla's murder became the subject of the New York Times bestselling book "Silent Witness: The Karla Brown Murder Case."

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  • Added: 13 Feb 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20296
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Karla Lou Brown (28 Feb 1956–21 Jun 1978), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20296, citing Woodland Hill Cemetery, Wood River, Madison County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .