AMC+’s ‘True Crime Story: It Couldn’t Happen Here’ covers the tragic and brutal murder of Bearnhardt and Cora Hartig in April 1990. Their neighbor’s son found the couple shot on their ranch in Portage County, Ohio. Before they could find the culprit, police had to follow many leads and collect relevant information. The episode explains the complicated investigation process and lays out the facts clearly. If you want to learn the identity and the current whereabouts of the perpetrator, we’ve you covered. Let’s delve in then, shall we?
How Did Bearnhardt and Cora Hartig Die?
Bearnhardt Hartig was born on September 22, 1908, in Frostburg in Allegany County, Maryland, to George Hartig and Rachel Bevans Hartig. Cora Arnold Hartig was born in 1909 in Avilton in Garrett County, Maryland, to Lloyd A Arnold and Susie A Baker Arnold. They were married and settled down in Portage County, Ohio.
On April 7, 1990, James Davis, the son of neighbors of the Hartigs, noticed that the Hartigs’ garage door was open and that the lawn tractor had been sitting in the yard for two days. He went to the Hartigs’ house and discovered them on the kitchen floor. Davis called the police. Davis called police. They found the bodies covered in kitchen scraps and noticed strong odors, possibly from decaying flesh. The bodies were found near 10 Winchester.25-caliber shell casings by detectives.
Cora Hartig had been shot five times and had died “as a result of gunshot wounds to her chest with internal injuries.” Bearnhardt Hartig, shot three times, died from “gunshot wounds to his right chest with multiple visceral injuries.” The shots had been fired from a distance greater than one and one half to three feet since there was no evidence of stippling or gunpowder residue.
Who Killed Cora Hartig, Bearnhardt, and Cora Hartig
Dalesandro drove Noling St. Clair and Wolcott from Alliance to Portage County at 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. April 5, 1990. They stopped at the Hartigs’ ranch home in Atwater Township. Both the Hartigs were 81 years of age. Dalesandro stopped, and Noling and St. Clair got up. Bearnhardt Hartig was mowing the lawn when Dalesandro stopped. Noling knocked on the front door, and when Cora Hartig answered, Noling “pushed his way in” and St. Clair followed him. St. Clair had a shotgun, while Noling had a.25 calibre semiautomatic. He had one clip in the gun, and another in his pocket.
After dropping Noling and St. Clair off, Dalesandro and Wolcott drove around for a while, returned, and parked in the Hartigs’ driveway. About 20 to 30 minutes after Noling and St. Clair had entered the Hartigs’ home, Wolcott heard some gunshots, heard a lady scream, and another round of gunshots. Noling, St. Clair and Wolcott ran to the car a few seconds later.
Two days after the discovery of the Hartigs’ bodies, Alliance police arrested Noling and his accomplices in connection with the Alliance robberies. Tyrone, while in police custody with Noling confessed to his involvement in Hartig murders two other jail inmates. However, he denied that he was involved in the Hartig murders.
Where is Tyrone Noling today?
The grand jury indicted Noling on two counts of aggravated felony murder along with aggravated robbery, and aggravated burglary. All of the charges included gun specifications. Noling was found guilty by the trial jury and sentenced to death in 1996. Various appeals have been filed on Noling’s behalf in the years since, including to the Ohio Supreme Court, but all have been dismissed.
Noling has long denied any involvement in the Hartigs’ deaths. In recent years, the Ohio Innocence Project, an initiative of the University of Cincinnati College of Law that defends those it believes were wrongly convicted of crimes, has taken up Noling’s case. The 11th District Court of Appeals reaffirmed a Portage County Common Pleas Court decision denying Tyrone (49) access to records that could contain evidence that his trial lawyers never gave.
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