Episode 292:

All Coffee & Apple Pie

The Cold Case Murders of Barbara Oberholtzer and Annette Schnee


The Mysterious Disappearance of the Candy Lady, Helen Brach


Episode 292: All Coffee & Apple Pie

This week, Karen and Georgia cover the cold case murders of Barbara Oberholtzer and Annette Schnee and the mysterious disappearance of the Candy Lady, Helen Brach.

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The Cold Case Murders of Barbara Oberholtzer and Annette Schnee

The Cold Case Murders of Barbara Oberholtzer and Annette Schnee Notes:

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Brach's Turkey Dinner + Apple Pie and Coffee (via Ferrara Candy Company)

Barbara Oberholtzer and Annette Schnee (via Colorado Bureau of Investigation)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch news clipping dated January 10, 1982


"On January 7, 1982, the body of twenty-nine-year-old Bobbie Oberholtzer was found near a scenic overlook, five miles south of Breckenridge, Colorado. She had been shot twice. Her house keys were found at the scene, along with an orange sock. However, it did not belong to her. Six months later, police found the body of twenty-one-year-old Annette Schnee in a creek near a side road of the highway, thirteen miles away. She had also been shot to death. Incredibly, police discovered that she was wearing the matching orange sock. They had vanished on the same day, January 6, and had both been shot with a medium-caliber revolver. Police are certain that they were murdered on the same night by the same killer. They believe that he most likely lost Annette's sock after he killed Bobbie.

The prime suspect in this case is Bobbie's husband, Jeff. However, he maintains his innocence. They married on July 1, 1977. He ran an appliance-repair business while she worked as a receptionist in Breckenridge. They lived in Alma, fourteen miles away. According to him, the day that she vanished started out as a normal one. She left at around 7:15am and hitchhiked to work. At 6:20pm, she called and told him that she was out with friends. He asked if she wanted him to pick her up, but she told him that she would get a ride home.

Jeff made dinner and waited for Bobbie to come home. At some point, he fell asleep. He woke up around midnight and discovered that she had not returned. He waited for her until after 2am, when the bars closed. When she still had not returned, he began searching. He learned from her friends that she left the bar at 7:30pm; they assumed that she had gotten a ride home. He tried to report her missing, but was told that it was too early to file a report. He decided to go home and wait for her.

The next morning, a farmer, who lived thirty miles outside of Breckenridge, found Bobbie's license. Jeff and two friends went to pick it up. On the way, he spotted something blue in a snow-covered field. It was her backpack, which she always had with her. A blood-spattered glove and some bloody tissues were found with it. Jeff's friends started a search for her. Two hours later, her body was found, fifteen miles from where her backpack was recovered.

Strangely, police only found Bobbie's footprints at the crime scene..."

— Source: UnsolvedMysteries.Fandom.com

The Mysterious Disappearance of the Candy Lady, Helen Brach

The Mysterious Disappearance of the Candy Lady, Helen Brach Notes:

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Helen Brach (via ABC Chicago News)

Richard Bailey (via ABC13)

Jack Matlick (via ABC Chicago News)


"Helen Vorhees Brach (born November 10, 1911 – disappeared February 17, 1977) was an American multimillionaire widow whose wealth had come from marrying into the E. J. Brach & Sons Candy Company fortune; she endowed the Helen V. Brach Foundation to promote animal welfare in 1974. Brach disappeared on February 17, 1977, and was declared legally dead, as of the date of her disappearance, in May 1984. An investigation into the case uncovered serious criminal activity associated with Chicago horse stable owners, including Silas Jayne and Richard Bailey. More than a decade later Bailey was charged with, but not convicted of, conspiring to murder Brach; he eventually received a long sentence after being convicted of defrauding her. After a routine medical check-up at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Brach left for a flight to return to her mansion in Glenview, Illinois, a suburb northwest of Chicago, on February 17, 1977. A gift shop assistant near the clinic insisted that Brach had said, "I'm in a hurry, my houseman is waiting." This is the last sighting of Brach by an independent witness. The crew on the commercial airliner on which Brach was supposed to return did not report seeing her on the flight. Brach's houseman/chauffeur, Jack Matlick, said that he collected her at O'Hare Airport, further asserting that she spent four days without making a call before she was dropped off at O'Hare for a flight to Florida.

Matlick was the focus of police attention during the investigation. He repeatedly proclaimed his innocence and angrily denied to reporters that he knew what happened to Brach, but a former federal agent who worked on the case claimed after Matlick's death that he was indeed responsible for her disappearance.[4][5] Brach's brother was of the opinion that Matlick had murdered his sister without any involvement from Richard Bailey or horse racing racketeers. On February 14, 2011, Matlick died in a Pennsylvania nursing home at the age of 79..."

— Source: Helen Brach Wikiepdia