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
Sisters' Unsolved Murders Get a New Look, 57 Years Later
Barbara Grimes   (YouTube)

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." (More cold cases stories.)

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