Dennis Craig Jurgens (Dennis Craig Puckett)

Dennis Craig Jurgens
(December 6, 1961 – April 11, 1965) was the most famous and only fatal victim of prolific child abuser Lois Jurgens, who abused a total of six adopted children during a period spanning the 1950s to 1970s. Lois and  Harold Jurgens eventually lost custody of the 5 other adopted children: the eldest, Robert Jurgens, who testified against his mother, and the 4 Howton siblings from Kentucky. The eventual trial of Lois Jurgens for Dennis' murder made national headlines and was the top news story for the state of Minnesota in 1987. Twenty two years after Dennis' death, Lois was convicted.
Date: 1965-04-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother


Organizations: Ramsey County case worker, Gerane Rekdahl


Organizations: Scott and Ramsey counties' welfare departments

Post placement

Organizations: Ramsey County case worker, Gerane Rekdahl


White Bear Lake, Minnesota
United States
See map: Google Maps
DocumentDatesort icon
Child Murder: The town that lived in silence1988-02-02
2 police officers' connections with Jurgens are questioned1987-05-21
Trial forces older Jurgens to recount troubled boyhood, relive brother's death1987-03-22
American Notes MINNESOTA1987-02-16
A Mother Denies Guilt In Adopted Son's Death1987-01-31
Book: A Death in White Bear Lake: The True Chronicle of an All-American Town
Dennis Craig Jurgens - Wikipedia Article

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