The Murder of Marvin Brandland
Fort Dodge, Iowa, resident Marvin Brandland and his wife were handing out candy to trick-or-treaters in 1982, when a man wearing a mask came to their door. He said, “Trick-or-treat. Give me your money or I’ll shoot.” The Brandlands thought it was a Halloween prank, and tried to remove the man’s mask. Instead, he barged into the house and pulled out a gun, demanding that the couple give him the money they had stashed in their basement safely.
Marvin made a grab for the masked man’s gun, and the robber shot Marvin in the throat. He then ran away, but left the mask behind.
In the years that followed, Marvin’s wife died, and the mask was tested for DNA evidence. As virtually nobody knew about the safe, suspicion fell on the Brandland family, and a family member did brag about committing the robbery. But there’s never been enough evidence to charge him.