Case 224

Evelyn Hartley

On October 24 1953, 15-year-old Evelyn Hartley set out for a babysitting job in her neighbourhood of La Crosse, Wisconsin. When she didn’t call her parents at 8.30 pm as promised, Evelyn’s father raced to the house to check on her.

Although the baby she was caring for was fast asleep in her crib, there was blood at the scene and no trace of Evelyn. This was the beginning of one of Wisconsin’s most infamous cases, and it would change an entire community forever.



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Where’s Evelyn? – Susan Hessel



Old tape gives new clues in half-century old death of former Charleston girl – Journal Gazette & Times-Courier

Release suspect in abduction find no trace of missing girl – La Crosse Tribune

Dr Hartley renews appeal to abductor – La Crosse Tribune

Need ‘break’ to solve case, police say – La Crosse Tribune

Appeal for information on Hartley girl, tennis shoes – La Crosse Tribune

Bloodstained jacket clue in Hartley case – La Crosse Tribune

Lie detector tests started here Thursday – La Crosse Tribune

Our greatest mystery – La Crosse Tribune

Mysterious hush-hush veils probe of babysitter – Chicago Tribune

3 clues to Hartley girl fizzle out – Star Tribune

Missing babysitter’s fate still mystery – The Knoxville Journal

Claims she’s missing girl; story false – Des Moines Tribune

Dead or alive? Babysitter’s fate mystery – Chicago Tribune

Police stymied in La Crosse case – The Winona Daily News

Abduction may remain unsolved – La Crosse Tribune

Hardly a trace: Whatever happened to young Evelyn Hartley – La Crosse Tribune

Stories of the Unsolved: The Disappearance of Evelyn Hartley

10 skulls found in house of horror – The Oshkosh Northwestern

Widow, 58, found slain in Wisconsin – Star Tribune

Ed Gein: The Timeline



Whatever happened to Evelyn Hartley?

Dark La Crosse Stories, Episode 17: The disappearance of Evelyn Hartley



Evelyn Hartley Wikipedia page

Ed Gein Wikipedia page





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