Posted by: greatfallsgirl | April 8, 2012

Wadsworth Park

After moving back to Fort Benton for a short time in my teens, I’d often return to Great Falls with my friends.  Sometimes we ended up out at Wadsworth Park, way out on the west side of Great Falls.

My Great Falls friends would freak us out, talking about how the place was haunted.  Believe me…we were FREAKED.  Nobody could really say exactly why it was haunted then, but not too long ago I found out the story behind the murders that happened there.  This is from a newspaper article dated January 5th, 1956.

Girl, 16, Found Shot to Death; Escort Slain

GREAT FALLS, MONTANA – The body of a 16-year-old blonde, a bullet through her head, was found in a rocky ravine Wednesday, eight miles from the lover’s lane where her Air Force sweetheart was slain.

Pretty Patricia Kalizke’s fully clothed body lay at the foot of a 20-foot embankment off a highway six miles northwest of this central Montana city.

The girl’s escort, S2C Lloyd Duane Bogle, 18, of Waco, Tex. was found face down beside his parked car Tuesday morning.  His hands were bound behind his back.  He also had been shot in the head.

Sheriff D.J. Leeper said there was little doubt the same person killed both.

The sheriff ruled out both sex and robbery as possible motives.  He said Patricia apparently had not been attacked, and there was $5 in Bogle’s wallet.

Deputies were joined by air police from nearby Malmstrom Air Force Base, where Bogle was stationed, in searching for clues.

“We are grabbing at every straw we can find,” said Leeper.  “We have a mad killer on the loose.”

Officers questioned friends of the two on the theory the shootings may have climaxed a love triangle.

The sheriff said there was no indication the girl or the airman put up a struggle, indicating the killer could have been known and trusted by them.

The pair was not engaged, but had been dating steadily for the past several months.

This isn’t really a thing to “miss” about Great Falls, but it is worth mentioning since it is a part of the city.  I don’t know if it was ever solved…if someone knows, let us in on it in the comments please.  This is the article from the Michigan newspaper this information was located:


Responses

  1. Thank you for the information on this post. I grew up on the west side of GF and we used to mess around at wadsworth. We thought it was haunted or there was a murder there. Just kinda figured it was an urban legend. Maybe not, maybe our being freaked out was justified

  2. Thanks Joe…yeah, I was on a mission to find out because I always wondered what happen!

  3. I vagally remember Wadsworth park at the time I lived in G.F back in the early 60’s. Use to go there to neck-an-make out. although I remember hearing the stories, and about the hauntings, never thought to much about it. Itjink it is great that someone is taking an enterest inb such things now days. How easy we forget past events, and the inpact they can have on our future.

  4. Thank you for this. I’m currently living in GF, and have a friend who told some crazy stories about being out in Wadsworth one night. I’m doing research on it, and plan to visit it soon. If you have anything more you can tell me about it, I would love to hear about it! I’m a history major and truly enjoy local history.

  5. I remember this, The postal workers had some summer picnics there after the murders and I was about 9-11 or so and it was spooky, I do not think i heard it was solved, but no sexual assault, no robbery, ….it was obviously personal, old boyfriend, old girlfriend, someone angry about the relationship. It should be reopened.

  6. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1345&dat=19891220&id=TxhXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=8fkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6876,2696891

  7. Officially, this crime was never solved, i.e.: no arrest was ever made. However, my good friend, retired Great Falls P.D. Detective, and cold-case expert, John Cameron, has in fact solved this crime, along with an incredible list of other connected murders committed by one man, Edward Wayne Edwards. John’s book detailing this and a multitude of other murders will be released in June 2014, and titled ‘It’s me! Edward Wayne Edwards: the serial killer you never heard of.’


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