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Gitchie Manitou Murders: 4 teenagers murdered, 1 teen girl raped – all by the 3 Fryer Brothers, who were all sentenced to LWOP

Victims
Roger Essem, 17
Stewart Baade, 18
Dana Baade, 14
Michael Hadrath, 15
Sandra Cheskey, 13 [survived]

Find-A-Grave: Roger Norman Essem
Find-A-Grave: Stewart W. Baade
Find-A-Grave: Dana E. Baade
Find-A-Grave: Michael Robert Hadrath
Sole survivor finds strength to tell her story decades after slayings at Gitchie Manitou
Four youths found shot
Four teens found slain in park
3 South Dakota Brothers Held in Death of 4 Youths
State of Iowa v David Lyle Fryer 1975 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
State of Iowa v James Ray Fryer 1976 (conviction and sentence affirmed)
Murderpedia: Fryer Brothers
Wikipedia: 1973 Gitchie Manitou Murders
‘Gitchie Girl’ sequel announced
Gitchie Manitou 40 years later
Podcast: Gitchie Manitou Murders of 1973

Books
Gitchie Girl: The Survivor’s Inside Story of the Mass Murders that Shocked the Heartland
Gitchie Girl Uncovered: The True Story of a Night of Mass Murder and the Hunt for the Deranged Killers

Defendants
Allen Fryer – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
David Fryer – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
James Fryer – convicted, sentenced to LWOP

INMATE INFORMATION

Name Allen Earl Fryer
Offender Number 0080459
Sex M
Birth Date 12/27/1943
Location Iowa State Penitentiary
Offense MURDER 1ST DEGREE
TDD/SDD * LIFE
Commitment Date 08/14/1974

Charges
SUPERVISION STATUS: Prison
OFFENSE CLASS: A Felony
COUNTY OF COMMITMENT: Lyon
END DATE

INMATE INFORMATION

Name David L Fryer
Offender Number 0103670
Sex M
Birth Date 05/24/1949
Location Fort Dodge Correctional Facility
Offense MURDER 1ST DEGREE
TDD/SDD * LIFE
Commitment Date 02/27/1974

Charges
SUPERVISION STATUS: Prison
OFFENSE CLASS: A Felony
COUNTY OF COMMITMENT: Lyon
END DATE

INMATE INFORMATION

Name James Ray Fryer
Offender Number 0080490
Sex M
Birth Date 04/04/1952
Location Fort Dodge Correctional Facility
Offense MURDER 1ST DEGREE
TDD/SDD * LIFE
Commitment Date 01/09/1975
Recall Date

Charges
SUPERVISION STATUS: Prison
OFFENSE CLASS: A Felony
COUNTY OF COMMITMENT Dickinson
END DATE

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