Unsolved Murder Cases: The Ice Box Murders
On June 23, 1965, Houston patrolmen paid a standard visit to the house of an elderly couple, Fred and Edwina Rogers. To their surprise, they found the house empty and were probably on their way out when one of them decided to check the fridge.
Charles Bullock, one of the patrolmen present that day, recalled the scene:
“Opened up a refrigerator and seen nothing but meat stacked in it. My partner standing next to me made the comment that it looked like somebody had butchered a hog. We didn’t know it was a body until we got ready to close the refrigerator and we could see the head down in the bottom of the vegetable bin.”
Police investigated and discovered that Fred, 81, and Edwina, 72, had actually been killed a week before they were placed in the refrigerator. Edwina had been brutally beaten and then shot, while Fred had had his head crushed. His insides were later flushed down the toilet.
The killer was never found, but the prime suspect was and still is the elderly couple’s son, Charles, who was 43 years old at the time. No one could ever find — he disappeared without a trace. However, recently, two Houstonians, Hugh and Martha Gardenier, have declared that they have cracked the ice box murder case wide open.
According to the Gardeniers, Charles, who was a geophysicist, was physically and emotionally abused by his parents from a young age. His parents lived in the house that was owned by Charles and constantly took out loans in his name. Tired of being constantly abused, Charles supposedly killed them.
He then fled to Mexico, it is believed, and soon made his way down to South America where he continued working as a geophysicist.