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 James Hardy

James Hardy

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death 5 Jun 1910 (aged 63)
Iowa, USA
Burial Colfax, Jasper County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 39106487 · View Source
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This murder is one of Iowa's cold cases: "On June 5, 1910, nearly the entire James Hardy family was obliterated – two elderly parents and a helpless son were viciously beaten to death in their home. The Hardys lived on a rented farm four-and-a-half miles south of Van Cleve in Marshall County. They relocated there in 1901 from Mound Prairie Township of Jasper County near Colfax.

James, the 61-year-old father, and his wife Mary, 58, shared a tidy, two-story frame house with their two sons. Earl Hardy, 29, was physically disabled but could do some light farm work. His 19-year-old brother Herbert Raymond – known as Raymond or Ray and described by neighbors as "strong and rugged" -- did most of the chores.

On Sunday evening, June 5, Raymond visited Mabel (his fiance) and her family. By his and everyone else's estimate he arrived about 8:30 p.m. All agreed that Raymond left the Starnes farm around midnight. Raymond said that when he got back to his home he entered the house by the west porch and went through the parlor and into the dining room and struck a match.

There he saw his mother. Her lower body lay on the floor and her head was slumped onto a couch. Blood trickled from massive head wounds, soaking the couch and pooling on the floor. When he lit a lantern, Raymond could see the room was splattered with blood.

In terror, he backed into the attached kitchen shed on the north side of the house. There he said he found his brother Earl dead in the middle of the floor; nearby were milk buckets Earl had been carrying into the house from the barn. His head, too, was battered; blood spotted the walls and floor. The mysterious and brutal deaths of the Hardy family have gone unsolved and un-avenged for 100 years." The above article was researched and written by Dr. Nancy Bowers, Co-Administrator Iowa Cold Cases.


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  • Created by: Geo Clinton
  • Added: 5 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39106487
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Hardy (28 Oct 1846–5 Jun 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39106487, citing Colfax Cemetery, Colfax, Jasper County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Geo Clinton (contributor 46936067) .