Willard Woodring, 42, and Richard Buchanan, 49, were found bound, gagged and shot to death in the kitchen of the Hawkeye Hotel, a well-known house of prostitution, in Keokuk on Sunday, Oct. 9, 1960.
Police immediately launched a three-state search for a young couple who witnesses reported seeing leave the building shortly before the double slaying was reported.
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Witnesses described the man as about 25 years old with black hair and clad in a black leather jacket. The woman, about 22-23 years old, was described as having short red hair and wearing a lavender dress. They were thought to be driving a car with Illinois license plates.
Police believe robbery was the motive for the crime and that the killer may have been an acquaintance of Woodring.
There were few signs of a struggle in the room where Woodring and Buchanan were shot and, according to investigators, the murderers “seemed to know what they were doing.”