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IA IA - Freta Bostic, 24, Ernest Isom, 27, Jesse Hanni, 26, Sioux City, 3 Dec 1974

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  1. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    Good timeline at this link:


  2. pleasestandby

    pleasestandby Inactive

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    Some interesting details gleaned from the online news articles and police statements:

    Jesse Hanni told his brother a drug dealer he had crossed was after him

    Jesse Hanni's girlfriend, Susan, who had left for "personal business" back in Colorado a few days before the murders and was supposed to return, had also put up the money for the deposit for the house that the three victims had rented (She never returned and was questioned later by Colorado LE who didn't have full knowledge of the crime and therefore couldn't gauge whether she was answering questions truthfully. She stated she didn't know anything. Investigators believe she knew more than she said she did)

    An anonymous caller to a TV station said Jessi Hanni had testified earlier that year in federal court in Denver against a "major drug kingpin"

    Jesse, fully clothed and still wearing his winter jacket, was propped up against a door to the hall. He’d been shot once through the back and once behind the left ear

    Ernest “Billy” Isom II was shot twice in the back and three times in back of the head (bviously the main target)

    Freda Bostic, who was pregnant, was only shot once in the back

    Jessi Hanni had left his weapon, which he had carried for protection, in his vehicle the night of the murders.

    The victims had dropped out of sight for about six weeks before they showed up in Sioux City

    Two friends of the victims, one a coworker of the two male victims, the other the co-worker's girlfriend, had left town the day of the murders. The co-worker had abruptly quit his job. (They were later questioned and released)

    Ernest "Billy" Isom II hadn't showed up for work for four days before he was found dead (His father was the supervisor)

    Two questions about these murders (where the victims were obviously set up); who was the 1973 Denver drug kingpin and what was Jesse's girlfriend's last name?

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