Sisters' Unsolved Murders Get a New Look, 57 Years Later
Retired cop, amateur detectives putting heads together
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2013 12:20 PM CDT
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(Newser) – No one knows what happened to Patricia and Barbara Grimes in December 1956, when the teenage sisters left their Chicago home to watch an Elvis Presley movie and never returned. Their bodies were found, a month later, naked along a rural road; their deaths were officially attributed to exposure to the cold. But now a retired police officer and a number of amateur detectives are going to review the cold case, one of the Chicago area's most well-known, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"I thought nobody should give up on this case," says the retired officer who is coordinating the proceedings. He's spoken to area residents, the Grimes' brother, James, and even one woman who claims she was with the girls when they were offered a ride after the movie, but eventually jumped out of the car while the sisters remained. She said she never told anyone at the time because she was scared. For James Grimes, now 68, the new focus on his sisters' deaths is welcome. "I just assumed it was never going to be solved," he says. But "maybe there's hope."

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1492
May 30, 2013 6:45 PM CDT
I don't believe the woman who jumped out of the car and left the two sisters behind. Why would she come forward and contact a former Chicago Police Officer a year ago. If she was in the car from which she jumped out of, she knew somthing. Surely she told many a person. Surely she was at the girls buriel service. Exhume. Don't know how much good this would do. Any DNA under their fingernails is gone. Why did she jump out of the car. Why was she afraid to tell her parents? It's high time to come clean. 1942
People_Suck
May 30, 2013 6:08 PM CDT
Dead and naked on a rural road but the death was exposure? Yeah, I bet the guy exposed himself right before killing them.
Scaramouche
May 30, 2013 12:22 PM CDT
Fifty-seven years, huh? That's a great use of taxpayer time.