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Victim: Gaughan
Victim: Gaughan

Case Description


File Number: 60-17505


The Victim: James Joseph Gaughan, Jr., age 43, shot and killed September 28, 1960.


The Crime:  On September 29, 1960, relatives had been unable to make contact with James J. Gaughan and asked police to check his home at 2122 N. Tejon St.  Responding officers found Mr. Gaughan inside the home, deceased from a gunshot wound.  He had lived alone, and was believed to have died the previous day.  Mr. Gaughan was a traveling salesman who covered a five state area, selling items to military commissaries and exchanges, and was a former co-owner of E & M Music company on the West side of Colorado Springs.


The Investigation: Investigation revealed that Mr. Gaughan had last been seen in public at the Colorado Springs dog track on the night of Tuesday, September 27, after which he returned home alone.  Evidence suggested he may have been struck in the head before being shot.  No items were found missing from the home, and it was not believed that the murder resulted from an interrupted burglary.  Neighbors reported little in the way of suspicious activity, and no eyewitnesses were identified.  Despite dozens of interviews, no firm suspects were identified, and no arrests have been made. 

The Colorado Springs Police Department Homicide Cold Case Unit is currently responsible for approximately 90 unsolved homicide cases dating back to 1949. CSPD considers a case to be cold if it remains unsolved for more than one year.


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