The Haunting Lynda McDaniel Cold Case

Elementary school teacher found bound up with Christmas ribbon and drowned in bathtub.

Jonathan Harker
3 min readDec 17, 2023

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Indianapolis was shaken on December 1st, 1977 by the horrific murder of a young elementary school teacher, 32-year-old Lynda McDaniel. She was found dead in the bathtub of her second-floor apartment on West Lake Drive, a victim of foul play in a case that remains frustratingly unsolved over 45 years later.

Lynda’s body was discovered nude and kneeling over the tub, submerged in water. Her hands…

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Jonathan Harker

Hey! My name is Jonathan. I’m a true crime writer and podcast producer.