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VAULT - 1980s

Larry Race maintains his innocence even after being convicted in 1983 for the murder of his wife, Debbie Race.
Two juveniles were charged with arson related to the fire, which caused $75 million in damage, or $232 million in 2022 dollars. However, charges were later dropped. Why?
In the latest update from the Dakota Spotlight podcast's Season 5: A Better Search for Barbara Cotton, host James Wolner interviews a someone who may have seen the 15-year-old girl, gone missing from Williston, North Dakota, in 1981.
On Oct. 1, 1981, the body of 68-year-old Clifton Wendell Marsh, of Hope, Michigan, was found at a rest area on Highway 2 east of Devils Lake.

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A seemingly happy family ended in tragedy after the father bludgeoned his wife to death, suffocated his 9-year- and 22-month-old children, lit his house on fire and then hanged himself 38 years ago.
On May 17, 1981, Karla Jo Nieland was found dead inside a vehicle belonging to her boyfriend, John Keep. Authorities arrested Keep and charged him with second- and third-degree murder — one year later, a jury found him not guilty. The case remains open.
The Mathis case, the trial and the questions that remain to this day are the subject of a new book, "South Dakota's Mathis Murders: Horror in the Heartland" by long-time South Dakota journalist Noel Hamiel. The book is available to purchase on Monday.
With Russia's invasion of Ukraine into its second month, and as reports emerge that Russia's nuclear forces have been placed on high alert, the culture of the late Cold War has made a swinging comeback.
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The Rochester Post Bulletin's connection to one of the most depraved crimes in the Midwest.

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In this episode of Dakota Spotlight's A Better Search for Barbara we speak with Barb's childhood friend, Sandee Evanson.
An unsolved case turns cold on the Western Edge of North Dakota, but police never give up in trying to solve it. Nearly 10 years after a pair of gruesome murders caught Dickinson by surprise, police solve the case with a confession a decade in the making.
Authorities continue to ask for help in gathering any information about what may have happened to Carla Beth Anderson, who disappeared 34 years ago.

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