1964 Gazette article about murder of Dan Gable’s sister April 7, 2008Posted by John in Crime/Courts, History, Sports.
Tags: Dan Gable, Diane Gable, Murders, sexual assault, Waterloo (Iowa)
From “Charge Youth in Waterloo Girl’s Murder” in June 2, 1964 Gazette:
WATERLOO (AP) — Police arrested the young son of a banker Monday 90 minutes after the stabbed, seminude body of the daughter of a real estate operator was found in her home.
Spectacled, muscular John Thomas Kyle, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kyle, was arraigned on an open charge of murder in the slaying of pretty, brunette Diane Kay Gable, 19, while her parents were away on a fishing excursion.
Bond was set at $20,000.
Her body, nude from the waist down, was found in the living room of her home in an upper middle class neighborhood. There were signs of a struggle.
Authorities said she was clad only in a sweatshirt, a bra and bobby sox. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Gable.
Dr. Eugene Smith, deputy Black Hawk county medical examiner, said Miss Gable, who worked in her father’s real estate and insurance office, had been stabbed once under the arm, arid once in the heart, apparently with a kitchen knife.
He said there were sqratches on her nose and face, and marks on her throat, indicating she had been strangled.
Teeth marks were found on the girl’s face, Dr. Smith said. An autopsy showed she died of a stab wound in the heart, he added.
The Kyles and the Gables live about two blocks apart.
Larry D. McGreevy found the body after going to the Gable house when Miss Gable failed to show for work at her father’s office.
McGreevy called the parents after he found the house locked. Gable told McGreevy to break down the door and find out what was the matter.
Dr. Smith said no weapon had been found. He said she apparently had been dead since Sunday night.
Read Mike Hlas’ Sunday column here: Gable tries to offer support to survivors.