Sunday, March 6, 1988, at 1:30 am police officers went to the home of Laura and Joseph
Brown. The police were going to inform Laura that her husband was in the hospital after being found in the bottom of
a ravine in Devil's Glen Park in Bettendorf with two gunshot wounds in the head. Instead Laura was found stabbed
to death. Lacy, the couple's pregnant white German shepherd and the couple's blue van were also missing.
In November of 1991, a Scott County jury found Paul A. Anderson guilty of the murder of Joe Brown. The Iowa Division
of Criminal Investigation positively identified a tire track left at the body shop where Joseph Brown worked belonged to a
tire on Anderson's car. Mr. Anderson lied twice about a collect telephone call from Rock Island to his house.
Lacy was found wandering around Port Byron which is in route to where Mr. Anderson lived. Mr. Anderson and Joe Brown
may have met while serving time together in the East Moline Correctional Center.
Agency: Moline Police
Phone Number 309-524-2140
Case Number: 88-5774
Bielema, Ross (10/29/1991) "Wife:
Defendant was home when body was found" Quad-City Times
Bielema, Ross (10/30/1991) "Testimony focuses
on victim's drug habit" Quad-City Times
Bielema, Ross (11/1/1991) "Testimony ends in murder
case" Quad-City Times
Bielema, Ross (11/2/1991) "Jury will continue deliberations in murder case"
Bielema, Ross (11/3/1991) "Jury returns guilty verdict in slaying" Quad-City
Cook, Linda (03/07/1988) "Shooting takes a new twist" Quad-City Times
Linda &Oxnevad, Karl (03/08/1988) "Bettendorf shooting victim dies" Quad-City Times
(03/09/1988) "Relative: It was drugs" Quad-City Times
Kauffman, Clark (10/20/1991) "Trial
begins in '88 slaying" Quad-City Times
Kauffman, Clark (10/23/1991) "Attorney: Suspect has
an alibi" Quad-City Times
Kauffman, Clark (10/25/1991) "Officer says suspect lied" Quad-City
Staff (10/21/1991) "Police, pathologist testify in murder trial" Quad-City Times