Julie Ann Hall, 18
Killed: She was killed June 16 or 17, 1978, after a night out in Madison, and her body left in a shallow grave west of Waunakee.
The case: A farmer found her nude body June 21, 1978, in a remote wooded area along Woodland Road, just off Highway 12. Because of weather conditions at the time, which caused her body to partially decompose, the cause of her death was not entirely clear, and investigators could not say for certain she had been sexually assaulted. Police first reported that she died from blows to the head with a blunt instrument. But they later said they could determine only one mark to her head – it looked like someone had hit her hard just beneath her jaw – as well as scratches and bruises on her body. Some detectives speculated that she died from exposure after being left for dead.
Hall had been out with a male friend the night of June 16 and was seen in the Main King Tap just off of Capitol Square. She had also eaten a late night meal. That was the last night she was seen alive.
Originally from Fennimore, Hall had been living in Madison for only two months, working as a library assistant at the State Historical Society. Before moving here, she also lived in the North Freedom area. She was living in Madison with a brother who had recently been released from prison. Police questioned her friends, and one person took at least two lie detector tests. A 1981 newspaper story quoted an investigator saying they were confident they had a strong suspect in her case. But no arrests were made.
Authorities also investigated whether Hall's slaying was related to other unsolved murders of young women in the Madison area. A group of detectives interviewed serial killer Henry Lee Lucas in Texas in 1984 after he said that he and his partner, Otis Toole, had passed through Madison several times and had committed some of the murders. But Lucas, a one-eyed drifter, made false confessions to hundreds of killings across the country and later withdrew nearly all of his confessions.