Kenneth Gould has been identified as the lead suspect in a double homicide in Great Falls, Montana. The case has been cleared by exception due to the death of Gould.
The body of Duane Bogle was found on January 3, 1956. He had been shot in the head, and his body was face down beside his car. His hands were tied behind his back with his belt. The body of Patty Kalitzke was found the following day on January 3, 1956. The pair had last been seen together on the evening of January 2nd, on a section of what is now Wadsworth Park that was then used as a lover’s lane. It is thought that the killer shot Bogle, and then took Kalitzke several miles away, where she was sexually assaulted and shot. The autopsy report indicated that Kalitzke had suffered blunt force trauma consistent with a sexual assault.
A small amount of sperm was located on a slide of a vaginal sample taken from Kalitzke’s body during her autopsy, and a DNA profile was developed by the state crime lab in 2001. There were no matches in CODIS. About 36 suspects, including serial killer Edward Wayne Edwards and mafia enforcer “Whitey” Bulger, all of whom were ruled out as suspects after DNA testing.
Bode was able to develop a new DNA sample in 2019, which they then used for the FGG investigation. The final confirmation was made to the living children of Gould, who died in 2007 and was cremated.
Gould has no criminal record. He lived in the Great Falls and was known to ride horses in the area near where Kalitzke’s body was found. He sold the family’s property and left the area about a month after the murders.
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