When golfers are sidelined because of rain or sleet or snow or as in my case, the flu, our minds start dreaming of everything we have ever done around a course. I’ve been honking and coughing for weeks, so it’s been waaaay too long since I stood anywhere near a green. On the plus side, the Golf Channel has been on for 24 hours straight and I am getting some great tips on improving my short game. Choking up on the 9-iron might give me an edge. But, it’s me after all, and I started thinking about bodies on the course.
I’ve maintained that hiding a body on a course is not all that easy, because there is a lot of foot traffic from dawn to dusk, whether it’s the players themselves or groundskeepers in charge of maintaining the fairways, the greens, and the deep rough/woods next to the fairways.
In September of 2016, a woman was heard arguing with her boyfriend at 5 a.m., was dragged away, then driven to a golf course in the Chicago area and left there. Her body was found a little after 8 a.m. and the boyfriend was charged a few days later.
Then, in October, 2016, a body was found in a pond near a fairway at the Seven Bridges Golf Club in Illinois. It was golfers who discovered the body of the 29-year-old man, so they were probably looking for a lost ball. Imagine that surprise!
A Fire Dive Rescue Team recovered the body, and the police decided that there was no foul play involved. That made me think of all the times I’ve played near water hazards and was tempted to go in after a ball that didn’t quite make it across the lily pads. I always opted for keeping my feet dry and left the ball to the ducks unless I could see the little white orb right at the edge. What could have made the guy go in far enough to lose his footing and drown?
Private and/or public courses are not the only places bodies pop up. In January, 2017, a 50-year-old man’s body was found in the water at the Cypress Lakes Golf Course, which is operated by the 60th Force Support Squadron at Travis Air Force Base. Another non-suspicious death, but seriously, how expensive was that golf ball?
All these bodies had been discovered within a few days of the person’s death. But with this next case from February, 2017, the remains had been there since 2005. Twelve years of nobody tripping over a young man who had committed suicide? He was found next to the second fairway at a Columbus, Ohio, Golf and Country Club.
Danny Sanders was a senior at Worthington Kilbourne High School when he left his house in February, 2005 and he wasn’t reported missing for 10 days. When asked why they waited so long, the family thought that he had just taken off somewhere. Then three months later, the father discovered that his handgun was missing.
What’s even more tragic was that Danny’s body was found about 100 yards away from the family’s house, 30 yards into some woods and heavy brush off the fairway. At least the family has closure. In this case, I have to concede that it was unlikely that the body would have been discovered any sooner, since most guys/gals won’t bother looking for a ball that far off the fairway. My guess is that the heavy brush will disappear soon.
Interested in finding out more about two of the cases? Check out these links:
Stay out of the water hazards and stay safe on the golf course!
*Kerrian is a fictional character, but the bodies on the golf courses were real.
*Photo by Patti Phillips
I was thumbing through the Kerrian’s Notebook file cabinet, checking for the articles written about bodies – where and how to hide them and various problems with methods used on TV and in the movies. I was a Homicide Detective for a good many years and saw my share of cases that made my jaw drop. I can’t go into detail about my own cases, but the links to real world cases within the Kerrian’s Notebook articles are authentic. Stranger than fiction? Perhaps. But then, criminals often defy logic.
Take a look back at fifteen of the most frequently read posts about how people wind up dead, and where some criminals attempt to hide the bodies.
Keep checking back at Kerrian’s Notebook for more places to hide the bodies – you know there will be more. 😉
In March, 2014, in celebration of the 100th page on www.kerriansnotebook.com, I published “100 Ways to Die an Unnatural Death.” It quickly became the most widely read post on the site, and stayed at the top for the rest of the year. Professional writers used the list as a reference and fans of the crime/mystery genre searched the list for new (to them) odd ways that people die. Check out the list here.
There were so many responses and suggestions that by June, 2014, we had enough ideas to publish “50 More Ways to Die an Unnatural Death.” That post finished in the Top Ten for most popular posts of the year. Read that list here.
This is the 150th post for Kerrian’s Notebook, and 150 posts is worthy of recognition in keeping with what the Kerrian fans have come to look for.
You might ask, “Are there really more than 150 ways to die an unnatural death?” Oh, yes, indeed.
Thanks to contributions from readers all over the globe, we have 30 additions to the list. All of these scenarios could happen to somebody, somewhere, sad to say. Some are fictional setups based on actual events, some cases were plain bad luck, some were as a result of Mother Nature’s fury, some as a result of deadly intent. Whatever the reason? Dead is dead.
Shovels, pitchforks, and rugs at the ready, please. 😉
151. House collapses during demolition with person inside
152. Person swept away in a flood
153. Water intoxication – you really can drink too much water – from Lori Ryan (www.loriryanromance.com)
154. Drowning – Poet kissed reflection of moon in water before falling overboard.
155. Death by crushed Tylenol in a mincemeat pie – from Ruth McCarty (www.ruthmccarty.com)
156. Death by shooting in a court case – lawyer maintained that a shooting victim could have shot himself while drawing his own gun, demonstrated same, and killed himself. He won the case.
157. Death from starvation – while wife was hospitalized, husband refused to eat anything that wasn’t prepared by her.
158. Death by Segway – owner of the company lost control of his Segway and went off a cliff.
159. Trip over your own beard
160. Choke on dog food – from Jessica Pettengill Messinger
161. Inhaled manure fumes – father & son in Iowa
162. Choked on scarf – caught in dirt bike chain
163. Choked on scarf – caught on the wheel of car in which she (Isadora Duncan) was a passenger
164. Fall off balcony – second floor outside balcony under renovation, floor not finished. Person walks out in the middle of night, forgetting there is no floor, and falls to death between the headers. Credit to Rob & Bobbi Mumm who thought it was a great setup for a murder mystery. Really, both of them are alive and well. 😉
165. Fall off balcony – while fending off wild monkeys (list25.com)
166. Death by carrot juice overdose – 10 gallons in 10 days
167. Collision of car and deer. Both driver and deer die.
168. Elephant steps on vehicle and occupant is crushed
169. Trampled by horse during polo match
170. Kicked in the head by a cow
171. Killed by African lion
172. Attacked and killed by own dog
173. Killed by a hippo
174. Dying of laughter after watching donkey eat figs (list25.com)
175. Killed by a robot arm in a factory (list25.com)
176. Crushed by falling whale
177. Death by soup injection
178. Death by too much bungee cord in a bungee jump
179. Stabbed with a screwdriver – Phillips head, to be specific
180. Overdose of aerosol deodorant – sprayed all over body twice a day
There you have it!
Be careful out there and apparently, be especially careful when you are close to hippos! They kill about 200 people every year! Hmmm…getting an idea for a story…
*Photos by Patti Phillips