The Sinister Story Behind This Popular Nebraska Lake Will Give You Chills
By Delana Lefevers|Updated on June 21, 2023(Originally published June 16, 2023)
As a lifelong Nebraskan, Delana loves discovering the many hidden treasures of her state. She has worked as a writer and editor since 2007. Delana's work has been featured on more than a dozen websites and in Nebraska Life Magazine.
The Cornhusker State may be a beautiful, wonderful place, but fans of true crime know that it has seen its share of crimes and sinister characters over the years. Evil crimes have left their mark on Nebraska, just as they have in other regions of the country. One particularly horrific crime even involved a beloved local recreation area. Have you ever heard of the Harry Strunk lake murders? This is one of history’s most grisly Nebraska crime stories, and the lake itself actually became an unfortunate character in the tale.
The discovery of the body parts was only one small moment in the history of the absolutely beautiful Harold Strunk Lake and shouldn’t dissuade visitors from going out to experience the lake and surrounding area. However, one can’t help but wonder if the souls of Edwin and Wilma Hoyt found peace after their bodies were unceremoniously dropped into the water here.
A book and screenplay have been written about the crime. Read “In Cold Storage; Sex and Murder on the Plains” by James W. Hewitt for a fascinating, thorough account of the case. You may never look at this lake the same way again.
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