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: