The Murder of the Grimes Sisters
Barbara Grimes and Patricia Grimes disappeared on December 28, 1956, in Chicago, Illinois and their dead bodies were discovered on January 22, 1957. Their murder case is known as the Grimes sisters’ murder case and it is still unsolved today.
Barbara, then 13 years old, and Patricia, 15 years old, were big Elvis fans. That’s why they left their homes on December 28, 1956, and headed for the Brighton Theater, which was only a short distance away. They wanted to see the movie ” Love me Tender” with Elvis Presley an eleventh time. In their pocket they had $2.15, but how they got to the theater (if they took the bus or if they walked) is not known. They were seen in the popcorn line of the theater at around 9:30 pm. The movie was over at around 11 pm and they were expected at home around 11:45 pm. At 2:15 am the two sisters were reported missing by their mother.
One of the biggest missing-persons hunts of Chicago followed their disappearance but police was not able to determinate what happened to the Grimes sisters. Even Elvis Presley himself asked the girls in a statement to come home.
On January 22, 1957, the Grimes sisters were found dead by a construction worker named Leonard Prescott. Their naked bodies were discarded next to the German Church Road near Willow Springs. Barbara Grimes lay on her left side with her legs slightly drawn up toward her body. Patricia Grimes covered the head of her sister. She lay on her back and her head was turned sharply to the right.
The autopsy, performed by experienced pathologists, earned much criticism and came to the conclusion that the Grimes sisters died on December 28, the day they vanished, and that they died because of shock and exposure to low temperatures. This cause of death was only determined by excluding all other possibilities. However, Harry Glos, one of the chief investigators in the case, believed that the Grimes sisters were still alive when their bodies were discarded next to the German Church Road. He concluded this because of a thin ice layer on the bodies of the girls, which indicated that their bodies must still have been warm when they were dumped there. Only after January 7, 1957, would there have been enough snowfall to create the ice layer. Therefore, according to this theory, the Grimes sisters must have been still alive until at least January 7. The
Also, the corpses contained various bruises and marks (for example puncture wounds in the chest that may have come from an ice pick) that were never explained well. According to Glos, Barbara Grimes had been sexually molested before she was killed. Although the pathologists were denying this, the Chicago police crime lab confirmed it.