Historic Infamy: Peoples Temple and the Beginning of the End

A newspaper ad for the first Peoples Temple, a multicultural church founded in Indianapolis by an ambitious young Jim Jones.

A little more than twenty years after the ad ran, Jones would engineer the murder and mass suicide of more than 900 people in Guyana.

Weird News: The Hot Pocket Bandit

Brian McCurren, a.k.a. The Hot Pocket Bandit, shown in a 2014 photo.

Back in March of 2014, former Notre Dame student Brian McCurren got a little too intoxicated and broke into a South Bend spa. Once inside Theraputic Indulgence, he caused thousands of dollars of damage then ate all of their Hot Pockets.

Image may not accurately reflect the actual Hot Pockets in question.

According to police, Brian McCurren made several break-in attempts before successfully throwing a 100-pound flowerpot through the door. Once inside the spa’s breezeway, he then found a hammer and tunneled his way through the drywall into the main part of the business.

He must have really wanted those Hot Pockets.

After reenacting digDug and discharging a fire extinguisher for unknown reasons, Brian was a very hungry boy who decided it was a good time to make himself a snack or three. He tried to make macaroni and cheese but burned it, setting off the fire alarm. Then he ate all of the spa’s Hot Pockets, which begs the question what kind of spa serves Hot Pockets? Finally, he attempted to eat a plate of drumsticks but passed out on top of them first, which is where police found him.

“The way I understand it,” Sara ros Frazier, owner of the spa said, “he had a grin on his face and he had no idea where he was or what he did.”

Cold Case: The Disappearance of Lola Katherine Fry

Missing PersonBeautiful. Complicated. Missing.

Although only 28, Lola Katherine “Kathy” Fry was in the process of changing her life when she disappeared. She’d stopped dancing at Indianapolis bars like PT’s and Brad’s Gold Club where she was involved in a lawsuit and started back to school. She’d even decided to relocate in order to be near one of her sisters. November 13, 1993 was supposed to be her last night in town before moving to Fort Wayne.

She never arrived.

Kathy was last seen that same night, partying with five men. According to information given to qwwwpolice in a 2000 interview, the group was doing prescription medication, cocaine, and marijuana when Kathy suddenly passed out, possibly from a drug overdose. The men she was with wrapped her unconscious body in a blanket and took her to a waiting car. She was never seen again. Also missing is Kathy’s car, a red and black 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse with personalized license plates reading “LOLA.” 

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Indiana State Police @ 317-232-8280.

LOLA KATHERINE FRY


Missing Since: 11/14/1993

Missing From: Greenwood, Indiana

Classification: Endangered Missing

Sex: Female

Race: White

Date of Birth: 02/20/1965 (She would be 56 this year.)

Age: 28 years old at time of disappearance

Height and Weight: 5’5, 120 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes. Fry’s nicknames are Kat and Kathy. Her maiden name is Coleman. She has breast implants, a scar on her right knee and a small scar on her forehead.

In Their Own Words: John Dillinger


“All my life I wanted to be a bank robber. Carry a gun and wear a mask. Now that it’s happened I guess I’m just about the best bank robber they ever had. And I sure am happy.”

Developing Story: Missing Baby Found Dead

11-month-old Mercedes Lain

Missing infant Mercedes Lain has been found dead in a heavily wooded area in Starke County near the Marshall County line. Her cause of death has not been announced.

Mercedes was reported missing Sunday by her father, Kenneth Lain. According to Kenneth, he had wanted to buy synthetic marijuana from family friend Justin Miller and was somehow persuaded to turn over his daughter to the man. Miller took the baby girl but then failed to return her. Lain (41), Miller (37), and the girl’s mother Tiffany Coburn (32) have been taken into custody. Lain and Coburn have been charged with neglect of a dependent, while Miller is charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

Continue watching for more details about this heinous crime.




Just The Facts: The LaSalle Street Murders

Photo courtesy of The Indianapolis Star

Date: November 30, 1971

Place: 1318 North LaSalle Street, Indianapolis

Perpetrators: Fred Harbison and Ted Uland, perhaps unnamed others

Claim to Infamy: At least one person entered into the home shared by businessmen Bob Gierse and Bob Hinson, killing both men, along with their friend James Barker. The victims’ throats were cut so deeply in the attack, they were almost beheaded. The multiple murder was one of the most sensational crimes to occur in the state at the time.

Current Status: After decades of rumors and allegations against various individuals, in 1998, Fred Harbison wrote a deathbed confession to the killings. In his letter, he stated he had been hired to act as a hitman by Ted Uland, Gierse and Hinson’s former employer. Uland possessed insurance policies on both men that were about to expire. He also believed Gierse and Hinson had stolen several thousand dollars from him and wanted revenge. The third victim, James Baker, had been killed because he came to the house to visit his friends and happened upon the murders in progress.
            Unfortunately, Uland had preceded Harbison in death. In 2003, the case was granted an exceptional clearance and declared closed.

Random Disturbing Fact: Although theft was apparently a motive for the crime, in a no-honor-among-felons twist, Uland reneged on their deal and refused to pay Harbison for the murders.

Set Up and Murdered: Dusty Lawrence

Dusty Lawrence, 30, with his wife and child, who were also present at the shooting.

It wasn’t supposed to happen that way.

On March 28th, Dusty Lawrence, his pregnant wife Betsy, and their daughter, five-year-old Madisyn, left their home in Anderson for a trip to Indianapolis. Dusty intended to meet a potential buyer for some items he’d offered for sale on Facebook Marketplace and took his family along for the ride, hoping to share a pleasant Sunday afternoon drive.

He would never make it home again.

Shortly after they arrived at the 3700 block of Rinehall Drive on Indy’s far East side, Dusty was shot at least once while his family watched helplessly from inside the car. Although he was still alive when police arrived on the scene, the young father later died at a local hospital. Neither Betsy or Madisyn were injured in the attack.

Anyone with information on the murder of Dusty Shane Lawrence is urged to contact IMPD (317-327-3475) or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477).