Johnna Russell

Johnna is a writer and editor with a deep love and respect for the beauty, magic, and mystery of the great state of New Mexico. Johnna grew up right on the border between New Mexico and West Texas. Her favorite childhood memories are of frequent visits to Carlsbad Caverns. She enjoys learning all she can about this breathtaking state and sharing information with other lovers of New Mexico.


  1. Eugenia Love White
    May 30, 2017 @ 10:44 pm

    Outside of Hobbs NM at Buckeye two young women were shot to death. A truck driver who had allegedly stopped to assist them with a flat tire was also shot. I think this occurred around 1958. These murders were never solved. The girls had been to Carlsbad and were driving back to Hobbs. Their first names were Dorothy and Barbara. I cannot remember their last names.


  2. Marla
    May 30, 2017 @ 11:13 pm

    Hi, what about Annette Gonzales (I think Gonzales) she went missing in the late 80s from Santa Fe. I think her remains were found many years later but I don’t think her murderer was ever found.


  3. Cris King
    May 31, 2017 @ 1:54 am

    What about the West Mesa Murders???
    All those young women, who were murdered and other than a Dateline TV, show about them nothing else has been said nor resolved.


  4. Sharleen Hyde
    May 31, 2017 @ 2:35 am

    The murder of Ovida “Cricket” Coogler in 1949. Las Cruces author, Paula Moore, wrote about this unsolved mystery in her book “Cricket in the Web.” This attractive, young woman’s death helped unravel the corrupt political environment in New Mexico at the time. Though no one was ever changed with her murder many high level names were suggested.


  5. Diana K
    May 31, 2017 @ 1:51 pm

    Carla Simmons. “Who killed Carla?” The village of Placitas has been covering it up for a few years now because the signs that used to be up made people uncomfortable. But her murder in the Sandia mountains near the parking lot for the man cave was never solved and over the years is getting buried to the point of being totally forgotten. Her murder was brutal. The bastard is still out there.


  6. Ron Taylor
    June 1, 2017 @ 10:56 pm

    The missing tourist case May 22, 1935, Two couple from Illinois, Mr and Mrs George Lorius and Mr and Mrs Albert Heberer were reported missing and never found. Their luggage was found east of Albuquerque and their car in Dallas, Texas. The case keeps coming up even to this day.


  7. Brenda Griffin
    June 27, 2017 @ 5:45 pm

    My mother told me about a murdered woman being dumped by her father in New Mexico. I don’t know how much of it is truth, my mom was with her mom, dad, uncle, and two brothers


  8. Eugenia Love White
    August 3, 2017 @ 4:05 pm

    July was the 60th anniversary of the unsolved murder of Hobbsans Dorothy Gibson and Barbara Lemmins and truck driver JD Cantrell, of Carlsbad , who had stopped presumably to assist the two women who had a flat tire. His body and truck were found about 3 3/4 miles east of the Eddy / Lea county line. The two women’s bodies were found in Bukeye beside a two rut oilfield road.


  9. Anne Self
    August 16, 2017 @ 4:24 am

    Mattie C. Restine, 13 yrs and Patty S. Pritz unsolved murder from Eddy County , Carslsbad , NM. On August 11, 1961 both girl’s were killed by gunshot to the head. They had been at the beach area and never made it back home. Two hunters found the bodies of the girls in the Rocky Arroyo area , Sitting Bill Falls. To this day their murders have not been solved


  10. antoinette
    November 25, 2017 @ 8:55 pm

    what about the toy box killer from elephant butte?


  11. Robii McCann
    February 13, 2018 @ 6:51 am

    Barbara Lemmons and Dorothy Gibson’s bodies were Found on the old buckeye turn off (Hwy 238) @ approx 9:30am on July 23, 1957 where they had been murdered. The Hobbs news sun has a full write up they did in July of 2017, 60 years later and still unsolved.


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