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  1. #1
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    DC - South Trimble, 78, Washington DC, 31 Dec 1974

    South Trimble, Jr.
    Born 1896
    Died: 31 December 1974
    Unsolved Murder, Washington, DC

    Hindenburg Investigator's Death Unsolved
    by Kaitlin Schluter
    Posted: 03/28/2010 9:00 PM

    On a night usually marked for beginnings, South Trimble Jr. met an unlikely end on the way home from a New Year's Eve service at a Catholic church on Dec. 31, 1974.

    The 78-year-old dropped off his wife at the front of their Northwest apartment before parking the car in the basement garage. The couple lived on the 3000 block of Tilden Street NW. As soon as Trimble left the car, he was fatally shot once in the chest in what police say was an apartment robbery attempt.

    Trimble was a lawyer in Washington who is known for his involvement with the Senate Commerce Committee's investigation of the zeppelin Hindenburg crash of 1937. Police are still looking for information regarding the murder three decades later.

    His wife, Elaine Trimble, heard the gunshot and reported seeing a man dressed in white running from their apartment. Trimble was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead upon arrival.

    According to Capt. Michael Farrish, who oversees the cold-case division, Trimble's case is not under active investigation.

    "The problem we have when you get these cases that are getting back into the '70s and earlier, you're getting a handful of dust," Farrish said.

    But even if there is not much information, the case is still open. "We don't close a case unless we can charge someone with it," said Farrish, adding that the branch has a number of cold cases.

    The police are offering a $25,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the homicide of Trimble.

    Those with information are asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department's Command Information Center at 202-727-9099

    or e-mail unsolved.murder@dc.gov.


    WashingtonExaminer.com : Hindenburg investigator's death unsolved



  2. #2
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    Sep 2004

    35 years and still unsolved...

    Bumping this Washington, DC cold case up.

  3. #3
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    Sep 2004
    This case is now over 39 years old.

    I recently read a book about the Hindenburg disaster and thought about this man, who was one of the investigators of that 1937 firey crash.

  4. #4
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    Sep 2004
    It has been 40 years since South Trimble was murdered. This case is still unsolved and open.

  5. #5
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    Sep 2004
    Obituary of South Trimble's Daughter...

    NEWPORT NEWS - Elaine Trimble Patterson, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, departed this life on November 29, 2014, at the age of 90. Her family and friends will continue to marvel at her lifelong display of optimism, grace, enthusiasm and love.

    Elaine was born on January 30, 1924 in Washington, D.C. to the late Mr. and Mrs. South Trimble, Jr. After being selected "Capital's Prettiest Baby," her picture was featured in newspapers across the country.

    As the daughter of a well-known government attorney and the granddaughter of two U.S. Congressmen, she grew up with a love of politics and an active social life. During World War II, she christened the liberty ship S.S. Samuel Johnson. She was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Georgetown Visitation Junior College and Trinity College (class of 1945).

    Elaine married Lt. Col. Lowell H. Patterson, Jr. (a/k/a Pat) in 1958. The young army couple was soon to be happily stationed in the Alsace Lorraine region of France, where three of their four sons were born. ...

    ... Elaine was preceded in death by Pat, both of her parents, and her brothers, South and Stephen Trimble ...

    ... She is survived by four sons...



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