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Wes and Linda Julson haven't yet given up on the hope of finding their daughter, Michelle "Shelly" Julson, who went missing from Bismarck on Aug. 2, 1994, they tell the Dakota Spotlight podcast, which is reinvestigating the cold case aided by the police file on Shelly's disappearance.
It's been called one of the "scariest," "most haunted" and "creepiest" houses in the Midwest, but what is it really like inside the Villisca Ax Murder House?
Some people claim the devil himself visited the tiny town of Villisca, Iowa, that summer night in 1912, when 8 people were killed by an ax murderer. Others say he already lived among them. After more than a century of idle gossip and speculation, some amateur sleuths might have just figured it out.
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In this episode of Dakota Spotlight, retired Bismarck Police Detective Bill Connor speaks frankly about the details of the case, still sharp in his memory, and his encounters with those connected to Michelle "Shelly" Julson as he re-investigated the case from 2005 to 2010.

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In the latest episode of Dakota Spotlight, Forum Communications premier investigative true crime podcast, Bismarck Police continue to chase clues in the mysterious disappearance of Shelly Julson in 1994, and try to nail down the importance of several interesting sightings and reports.
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In 1972, kidnappers took his mother away and demanded his father deliver the $1 million ransom. Virginia Piper's son remembers the traumatic day 50 years ago that changed his family forever.
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Investigator Cliff Emmert stopped into bars, casinos, bingo halls and bowling alleys, seeking a better understanding of 26-year-old Shelly Julson's world. What he found raised some troubling questions about what might have happened to her.
With just 16 days before the statute of limitations ran out on the kidnapping of a wealthy Orono, Minn., woman in 1972, the FBI indicted two men in the crime. But the case was far from over. In fact, the roller coaster ride was just beginning. Here is Part 3 of "The Kidnapping of Virginia Piper — 50 years later."
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On August 2, 1994, 26-year-old Michelle "Shelly" Julson dropped off her young son at his paternal grandparents home so she could run some errands in Bismarck, North Dakota. She was expected back in just hours but never heard from again.
Evidence indicates 39-year-old Christina Lynn Melvin was struck and killed between 4:45 and 4:59 a.m. on April 7, 2019, in Grand Forks. It was later determined that Melvin, a resident of Bedford, Pennsylvania, had been passing through Grand Forks on the Amtrak train.

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Following the 1972 kidnapping of Virginia "Ginny" Piper of Orono, Minnesota, the FBI interviewed an estimated 1,000 people. One of the suspects at the top of the list was a man on the verge of committing a mass murder. Here is Part 2 in "The Kidnapping of Virginia Piper — 50 years later."
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Police reveal new details and seek people to come forward in unsolved 2017 homicide case of businessman Brian Nelson, robbed and stabbed to death inside his home, behind doors with new deadbolt locks and with his 'inside pet' Dodo chained up outside.
The kidnapping of Virginia Piper is considered one of the most successful kidnappings in U.S. history. Now 50 years after the Twin Cities socialite was grabbed from her garden, Forum Communications takes a fresh look at the case with updated reports and new podcasts and videos, plus exclusive interviews with those involved.

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