View Full Version : GUILTY MN - Jeffrey Hammill, 21, Wright County, 11 Aug 1979

11-08-2005, 04:12 AM
This story gives me hope for all the other cold cases waiting to be solved.


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More than a quarter-century after Jeffrey Hammill's body was found alongside a Wright County highway, three men were charged Monday in his death.

Ronald J. Michaels, 51, of Blaine, and Terry L. Olson, 46, of Andover, were indicted on first-degree murder charges; Dale L. Todd, 45, of Winsted, Minn., was charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Hammill, a 21-year-old machinist who worked in Plymouth.

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Hammill of Buffalo was fatally beaten, apparently early on Aug. 11, 1979, but the case received scant attention and the investigation languished.

The investigation was revived in 2001 when the victim's daughter, who had been adopted as an infant by another family, contacted county authorities looking for information about her birth father.

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He said that the suspects, who had been interviewed in 1979, were interviewed again in 2003 but that their recollections of the events no longer matched. "Unfortunately, people can remember the truth, but not their lies," he said

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Kelly said the three accused men appeared "perplexed" in their bail hearing Monday.

11-09-2005, 12:36 AM
An interesting case in that it would not have been re-opened if his daughter had not decided to search for him. The story of her search would probably be a book in itself.

11-09-2005, 12:48 AM
An interesting case in that it would not have been re-opened if his daughter had not decided to search for him. The story of her search would probably be a book in itself.
And a helpful guide, not to mention inspiration to others in similar circumstances.

11-12-2005, 04:12 PM
Two of the three men charged in a 1979 murder in Wright County have told authorities -- and a jail cellmate -- different stories about their roles in the beating death of 21-year-old Jeffrey Hammill, according to court papers released Thursday.

Terry L. Olson, 46, of Andover, and Ronald J. Michaels, 51, of Blaine, were charged Monday with first-degree murder. Dale L. Todd, 45, of Winsted, Minn., is facing a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Hammill.

According to the documents made public Thursday, the four men had met 26 years ago at what was then the Country West Bar in Rockford on the night of Aug. 10. They later drove to the home of a relative of one of the defendants, where there was a "scuffle" between Hammill and Olson. Hammill, of Buffalo, left on foot, and the three others soon drove after him in Todd's truck, the documents said.

Todd, who had worked with Hammill at a Medina fabrication company, told investigators in 2003 that when they caught up with Hammill, Todd stayed in his truck while Olson and Michaels assaulted Hammill, Michaels with "an unidentifiable" weapon. The county coroner had determined that Hammill's fatal head injuries were caused by a weapon. Todd said Michaels was laughing when he returned to the truck.


01-12-2016, 06:55 PM
From August 2007:


Olson was found guilty by a jury of second-degree intentional murder for Hammill’s death last Monday. Sentencing is set for 10 a.m. Sept. 26. When this happens, Amanda Thiesse and many family members, will be there.

Todd pleaded guilty in July 2006 to aiding an offender and is currently serving a three-year prison sentence.

Michaels was acquitted by a jury in November.

From July 2009:


The jury... found Olson guilty of second- and third-degree murder.

Because the murder occurred before the sentencing guidelines went into effect, the district court sentenced Olson to an indeterminate prison term of not more than 40 years—the statutory term for second-degree murder in 1979.