GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A double homicide of two teens in Montana has been solved after greater than 60 years due to forensic family tree.
The Cascade County Sheriff’s Workplace introduced on Tuesday that it has closed the file on the 1956 double murder of Patricia Kalitzke and Lloyd Duane Bogle, resolving the 65-year-old chilly case.
By means of using DNA testing unavailable on the time of the killings and a long time of investigation, CCSO has concluded that Nice Falls native Kenneth Gould, now deceased, greater than doubtless dedicated the murders.
Det. Sgt. Jon Kadner, who took the case over in 2012, stated it was the oldest case he may discover nationwide to be solved utilizing forensic family tree.
On Jan. 3, 1956, three boys mountain climbing alongside Solar River close to Wadsworth Park found Bogle, 18, useless close to his automotive. A day later, a county street employee discovered Kalitzke’s physique on Winery Street north of Nice Falls.
Each had been shot within the head.
Bogle’s arms had been certain behind his again together with his personal belt. His valuables and cash weren’t stolen, and his automotive was on and in gear with the emergency brake deployed when his physique was discovered.
Kalitzke was born in Nice Falls and was a junior at Nice Falls Excessive Faculty when she was killed. Bogle was a Malmstrom Air Power Base Airman from Waco, Texas.
Whereas stationed at Malmstrom, he turned “smitten” with Kalitzke, based on Kadner. The 2 had even begun speaking about marriage.
Leads surfaced and dried up all through the speedy investigation, and regulation enforcement had a number of suspects — together with infamous gangster James Joseph “Whitey” Bulger, Jr.
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When now-retired CCSO detective Phil Matteson began working within the proof room in 1988, the Kalitzke-Bogle murder proof was there.
In 2001, as a detective, Matteson despatched a microscope slide of a vaginal swab gathered from Kalitzke’s physique to the Montana State Crime Lab for evaluation. The swab was commonplace process for autopsies in 1956.
The lab discovered a sperm cell that didn’t belong to Bogle.
“That was simply the method, and fortunately it was retained in proof all these years,” stated Kadner.
As extra time glided by, about 35 suspects got here and went. Legislation enforcement in contrast the pattern to different males, ruling them out one after the other.
When Matteson left CCSO, he had resigned himself to the concept that the case would stay unsolved.
“Loads of completely different folks had a flip at this, and we simply weren’t in a position to take it to conclusion,” he stated. “I feel it opens an entire new door for working outdated chilly instances, and in addition simply goes to indicate how essential the preliminary proof gathering is in all these instances.”
The case broke when the 2018 arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., the Golden State Killer, was completed by using forensic family tree.
In 2019, detectives coordinated with Bode Expertise to carry out extra testing on the DNA proof discovered on Kalitzke’s physique.
They had been in a position to add the pattern to voluntary genealogical databases, the place they found a attainable familial connection. Tracing that household’s tree led investigators to suspect Gould, a person born and raised in Nice Falls.
Gould was born Aug. 23, 1927, and died Could 31, 2007 — earlier than investigators linked him to the Kalitzke-Bogle murder. In line with his dying certificates, Gould died in Oregon County, Mo. He would have been about 29 when the murders occurred.
Kadner stated Gould had been cremated, so he needed to attain out to Gould’s surviving kids and ask for samples to confirm the match.
“I wasn’t certain how they had been going to react once I come to them saying, hey your dad’s a suspect on this case, however they had been nice to work with,” Kadner stated.
Gould’s household dwelling was situated just a little over a mile from the place Kalitzke lived, and he was identified to journey horses all through the realm.
In line with the Nice Falls Tribune, Gould was 24 when he married 16-year-old Lulubelle Brown in 1952.
After the murders, Gould offered his property in Tracy. His household lived in Geraldine and Hamilton earlier than transferring to Missouri in 1967. They didn’t return to Montana.
Gould didn’t have a identified prison historical past and was by no means interviewed in the course of the homicide investigation. Investigators couldn’t uncover any connection between him and the victims.
Legislation enforcement didn’t join Gould to another instances or crimes.
Gould’s identify did seem within the Nice Falls Tribune a number of instances.
On June 8, 1943, when Gould was 15, he was reported lacking after he left his grandmother’s dwelling in Buffalo and couldn’t be situated. He was discovered per week later working at a ranch at Arrow Creek about 60 miles away.
In 1960, Gould’s 4-year-old daughter, born a month earlier than the murders, died after a brief sickness.
Kadner stated most of Kalitzke’s and Bogle’s household is now not dwelling, however these he was in a position to contact had been relieved to have closure. Kadner added that the detectives who labored the case for thus a few years shared the identical emotions.
Matteson stated giving the surviving household solutions was crucial half for him, and he expressed appreciation for each investigator’s onerous work going again to 1956.
What retains a case like this alive so lengthy?
“I feel in case you simply have a look at the circumstances,” Kadner stated. “You had two younger, vibrant people that had been well-liked amongst their peer group…investigators poured their coronary heart and soul into this case. They depart just a little little bit of themselves, from what I’ve seen.”
“Fairly frankly, that is our obligation,” stated Sheriff Jesse Slaughter. “Our obligation is to guarantee that we remedy these instances.”
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