True crime podcast investigation into Springfield cold case murder to be released Oct. 17

Jackie Rehwald, Springfield News-Leader Published 10:24 p.m. CT Oct. 3, 2019

On Oct. 17 — the 44th anniversary of the killing of Shirley Jane Rose — a podcast about the Springfield cold case will be released.

“The Toll” podcast will be available on both Spotify and iTunes and is eight episodes long.

According to “The Toll’s” website, the podcast is “a True Crime Podcast where the host carefully examines the impact a violent crime or traumatic event has on families and their communities.”

KTTS anchor Nancy Simpson, who has been a journalist for 20 years, co-created and hosts the podcast.

Shirley Jane Rose

Shirley was 9 when she disappeared in 1975. Police say she was walking from her grandmother’s house at 865 S. West Ave. to her home at 1309 S. Scenic Ave. when she was abducted on Oct. 17, 1975.

Witnesses reportedly saw the girl talking to a man in a blue Chevrolet car that evening. Two months later, her body was found near McDaniel Lake north of Springfield.

No one has been charged in the crime.

In making the podcast, Simpson said she interviewed family members and law enforcement who were involved in the investigation. She also interviewed family members of a suspect, someone who “the community had targeted” but who has since died.

Simpson said if people come forward with information about the case, she will do more episodes.

“We will continue to pursue information,” she said. “We can do other layers if needed.”

“Obviously some of the important people involved in the case are deceased. But DNA evidence has come a long way,” Simpson said. “We can’t give up hope that maybe evidence will lead to an end.”

Other local people who have been involved with the podcast include co-creator Jay Lashley, program director at Power 96, and Kat Morgan Gaines, technical producer and audio editor of ‘The Toll.”

Simpson also has a team in Detroit that helps with marketing.

 

The podcast is called “The Toll” because it focuses on the impact violent crime has on the family and community, Simpson said.

Learn more about the project at thetollpodcast.com.

Police seek fresh leads in girl’s 1975 killing in Missouri

Posted 8:19 am, October 19, 2018, by Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Police are looking for fresh leads in the 43-year-old killing of a 9-year-old girl who was abducted while walking home in Springfield and later found in a shallow grave.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers issued a plea for fresh information this week to coincide was the anniversary of Shirley Jane Rose disappearance on Oct. 17, 1975. Police say Shirley went missing while walking home from her grandmother’s house.

Witnesses reportedly saw the girl talking to a man in a blue Chevrolet car that evening. Two months later, Shirley’s body was found near McDaniel Lake north of Springfield.

Officer Racel Kleemann, the coordinator of Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers, says authorities “haven’t given up on trying to get justice for her.”

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https://fox2now.com/2018/10/19/police-seek-fresh-leads-in-girls-1975-killing-in-missouri/

Springfield police say they’re still trying to solve 1975 kidnapping, murder

Harrison Keegan, Springfield News-Leader Published 11:37 a.m. CT Oct. 17, 2018 | Updated 2:13 p.m. CT Oct. 17, 2018

It has been 43 years since a 9-year-old girl was abducted while walking home in Springfield.

The girl was later found in a shallow grave.

The case remains unsolved, but Springfield police say they haven’t given up.

On Wednesday, the anniversary of the day 9-year-old Shirley Jane Rose disappeared in 1975, Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers issued a news release asking for new leads.

Police say Shirley was walking from her grandmother’s house at 865 S. West Ave. to her home at 1309 S. Scenic Ave when she was abducted on Oct. 17, 1975.

Witnesses reportedly saw the girl talking to a man in a blue Chevrolet car that evening.

Two months later, Shirley’s body was found near McDaniel Lake north of Springfield.
A map of the area where Shirley Jane Rose is believed to have been abducted in 1975.

A map of the area where Shirley Jane Rose is believed to have been abducted in 1975. (Photo: SPD)

On Wednesday, law enforcement took to Crime Stoppers — a program that offers rewards up to $1,000 for helpful tips — to issue another plea for information that might help them find Shirley’s killer.

Officer Rachel Kleemann, the coordinator of Greater Springfield Area Crime Stoppers, said there have not been any big breaks in the case recently.

Kleemann said Crime Stoppers sent a news release about Shirley’s case on Wednesday as a way to hopefully keep the case on people’s minds.

“We haven’t given up on trying to get justice for her,” Kleemann said. “We hope that by putting it back out there, it jogs someone’s memory.”

Kleemann said Shirley’s family members are still active in sharing information about the case. They maintain the website JusticeForShirleyJaneRose.com.

Bill Lloyd, who led the police investigation of Shirley’s death, told the News-Leader in 1995 he believed the killing was motivated by either drug sales or drug use. Lloyd reportedly said he thought the son of a former Springfield business owner with possible mob ties was responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to call 417-869-8477 or leave a tip online at P3tips.com.

https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2018/10/17/springfield-police-ask-tips-1975-kidnapping-murder/1669484002/

10|17|2018 Crime Stoppers Seeks Information on Springfield Girl’s Death 43 Years Ago

By Michele Skalicky • Oct 18, 2018

Crime Stoppers is sharing information this week about a cold case in hopes of finding a killer more than 40 years later.

Nine-year-old Shirley Jane Rose disappeared the evening of October 17, 1975. She was last seen talking to a male in a blue Chevrolet car on Scenic Ave. while walking between her grandmother’s house at 865 S. West to her home at 1309 S. Scenic.

Her body was found on December 13 of that year in a shallow grave near McDaniel Lake.

Springfield Police Department Detectives identified several persons of interest, and numerous interviews were conducted, but no charges were filed.

Crime Stoppers, the Springfield Police Department and Shirley’s family are hoping that, by bringing the case back up, someone will come forward with additional information regarding the girl’s disappearance and death. According to Crime Stoppers, “law enforcement has not given up on solving this case and bringing Shirley’s killer to justice.”

Anyone with information should call (417) 869-8477 or leave a tip online at p3tips.com. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

http://www.ksmu.org/post/crime-stoppers-seeks-information-springfield-girls-death-43-years-ago#stream/0

Savage Watch- Innocence Taken and Stolen

Nine year old Shirley Jane Rose was a young girl living her childhood.

On the early evening of October 17th, she was abducted by someone just a block from her home in Springfield. A witness reported seeing a 1969-1970 blue Chevrolet car follow the elementary school girl. A search would ensue but would prove fruitless in finding her alive. Several months later on December 13th, her remains were discovered unearthed from a grave by animals near McDaniel Lake.

There were persons of interest in the case but never any arrests.

If you have any information about this horrible crime, please contact the Springfield Police Department (Missouri) at 417-864-1810
http://justiceforshirleyjanerose.com

Police Search for Justice in 41-year-old Cold Case

By: Callie Rainey Posted: Feb 09, 2017 05:17 PM CST SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – More than 40-years after young Shirley Jane Rose was taken from her home and later found dead the case remains cold. Family, friends and law enforcement are hopeful there will be justice Rose. On the night of October 17, 1975, nine-year-old Shirley […]

Crime victims honored at annual brick-laying ceremony


Crime victims honored at annual brick-laying ceremony
at the Memorial Garden in Phelps Grove Park in Springfield on April11, 2016.
Scenes at the Memorial Garden in Phelps Grove Park Leslie North points heavenward to recognize her murdered A crowd was gathered at the Memorial Garden in Phelps at the Memorial Garden in Phelps Grove Park in Springfield4 of 8 at the Memorial Garden in Phelps Grove Park in Springfield A Springfield Police Officer holds the flag at the Nell Jersak dedicated a brick to her Father Ollie Crosswhite Charlie Rikard dedicated a brick to his horse

Linda Regan, development director at the Child Advocacy Center in Springfield, summed up Monday evening’s event in two words: sad and wonderful.

Regan was one of 12 presenters Monday at the annual brick-laying ceremony at the Victims Memorial Garden in Phelps Grove Park.

Twenty new engraved bricks were added to the garden to honor victims of violent crimes, their families and those who serve them in the Springfield community.

More than 100 people attended the 24th annual ceremony, which is part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott dedicated bricks to all of the local law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

With some family members of the deceased in attendance, Arnott said the bricks meant a lot to him.

A crowd was gathered at the Memorial Garden in Phelps

“It’s an honor to be able to represent these officers and the sheriff,” Arnott said. “I’m sorry it’s taken this long to recognize this publicly.”

Todd Myers, Greene County chief assistant prosecutor, presented a brick in honor of Shaun and Mark Staudte who died in 2012 after being poisoned with antifreeze.

Diane and Rachel Staudte, Mark’s wife and daughter, have pleaded guilty to murder and received life sentences for poisoning the men.

Myers said Diane Staudte did not organize proper memorials for the victims when they died. He said he hopes the brick will provide some comfort for the family.
Myers said Diane Staudte did not organize proper memorials for the victims when they died. He said he hopes the brick will provide some comfort for the family.

Leslie North points heavenward to recognize her murderedBuy Photo
Leslie North points heavenward to recognize her murdered son Weston as she stands with her husband Wesley in the Memorial Garden in Phelps Grove Park in Springfield on April 11, 2016. (Photo: Bruce E Stidham/News-Leader)
“Although she tried to erase them from her life, we have chosen not to erase them from our memories,” Myers said.

Other bricks Monday were dedicated to victims of homicide, victims of drunken driving crashes, victims of assaults, long-time community volunteers and police detectives.

The Rev. Saehee Duran, chaplain with the Springfield Police Department, closed Monday’s event with a prayer in which she applauded the community for joining together to support the names.

http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2016/04/11/crime-victims-honored-annual-brick-laying-ceremony/82897764/

Judge reveals details of child’s death

April 2, 1982

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — In an open letter to the killer of a 9-year-old girl, a county judge described how the child allegedly was forced to watch the digging of her grave and threatened the unknown slayer with the gas chamber.

‘I am personally going to see that you are sent to the gas chamber,’ Greene County Circuit Judge Don Clough told the killer, in a letter sent to the Springfield news media Thursday.

‘I’m going to be present when they strap you in, and it’s going to be the happiest day of my life.’

Clough warned new evidence soon will be available in the death of Shirley Jane Rose and invited witnesses of the slaying to come forward voluntarily or alsoface the death sentence.

The child disappeared Oct. 17, 1975. Her decomposed body was found in a shallow grave near a municipal water supply north of Springfield Dec. 13, 1975.

‘So that you will know that I know exactly the way things happened, I’m going to tell you about the last few minutes of Shirley’s life,’ the letter said. ‘These facts have never been published by the news media.

‘Shirley was taken out to McDaniel Lake. She was told she would be killed. She was made to stand there and watch her grave being dug. She was crying. When the grave was ready, you took your bare hands and strangled her. You were not alone. There were a number of other people with you.’

Clough said the child was abducted because the killer thought certain drugs would be returned to him or he would be paid for them if he had the child to trade.

‘Unfortunately for Shirley, the search for her came about so fast that you panicked and killed her,’ the letter said.

Clough said he had received the information when he was an attorney, from a client, and therefore could not reveal the source’s identity. The former client, who is ill and could die at any moment, has been afraid to talk but wants the information about the killing released when he dies, Clough said.

http://www.upi.com/Archives/1982/04/02/Judge-reveals-details-of-childs-death/5605386571600/

Missouri Judge Conducting Hunt for Murderer of Girl, 9

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 3— A judge who has waged a personal campaign to find the murderer of a 9-year-old girl said Friday he had received dozens of phone calls providing information about the killing.

Judge Don Clough of Greene County Circuit Court warned the killer of Shirley Jane Rose in a letter sent to a Springfield newspaper Thursday that he was ”personally going to see that you are sent to the gas chamber” and said the execution date would be ”the happiest day of my life.”

http://www.nytimes.com/1982/04/04/us/missouri-judge-conducting-hunt-for-murderer-of-girl-9.html