A History of Violence: The Little-Covered around Skidmore

You may recognize town bully Ken Rex McElroy from Sundance Channel’s “No One Saw a Thing”. His execution in front of 30+ witnesses isn’t the tip of the iceberg of weird crimes around tiny Skidmore, Missouri though.

Wess Haubrich
The Mystery Box

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Source: Nodaway County Chamber of Commerce

The sky rained lead for Ken Rex McElroy that morning of July 10 in front of the D & G Tavern in the tiny town of Skidmore, Missouri.

Three different calibers were present at the scene. One round went through the rear window of the chevy, striking Ken Rex in the head; another round penetrated his neck; two more found their mark in his back. At least 30 people saw the shooting.

Not a single witness has said a word about the shooting since. Neither state nor federal law enforcement, subpoenas, or empaneled grand juries could turn a single Skidmorite into state’s witness.

Not even FBI agents — swarming like the plague of locusts the preachers give wrath-of-God sermons about at the two churches in this “buckle of the Bible Belt” town — could get a word out of them.

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Wess Haubrich
The Mystery Box

Horror, crime, noir with a distinctly southwestern tinge. Staff writer, former contributing editor; occultist; anthropologist of symbols.