Vossen

(Willmar MN-) Accused killer Algene Vossen appeared before a Minnesota appeals court judge last Thursday for a mental competency hearing. Vossen, 80, is accused of killing Mae Herman of Willmar in January 1974, but last November, a Kandiyohi County Judge ruled him mentally incompetent to stand trial, and the Kandiyohi County Attorney's Office is appealing that decision. After Vossen was initially questioned about Herman's killing in 1974, he was released and moved to Sioux Falls. A cold case investigation matched his DNA to DNA found at the crime scene, and he was arrested and charged with Herman's murder in July of 2020.

Now Sioux Falls TV Station KELO reports Vossen is being investigated for the murders of two women in Iowa in 1976 and 1978. In 1976, 80-year-old Emma Lewis was found dead in her Waukee, Iowa, home. Police say she died from blows during a severe beating. In 1978, 57-year-old Anna Miller was discovered dead in her Des Moines, Iowa, home. The county examiner determined she died from blunt force trauma to the head, the weapon was likely an axe. KELO says Vossen was a person of interest in at least one of those crimes at the time but was never pursued.

KELO received an email from Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt, saying "Our agency has provided investigative records and DNA analysis to those agencies to assist in their investigations. While it’s unknown if Vossen was involved, it often is the sharing of information and cooperative efforts that can lead to resolution of these cases.”

Vossen is currently free without bail in the custody of his niece in Des Moines Iowa. He has shown signs of dementia and other health problems.