Jackie Shireman

DUBUQUE—The death of a 21-year-old woman found fatally stabbed in a Dubuque restaurant remains unsolved more than four decades later.

A customer at Dubuque’s Marino’s Meal on a Bun found waitress Jacqueline “Jackie” Shireman lying in a pool of blood in the walk-in cooler about 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 1975.

Shireman, a newlywed and Sunday School teacher, had been stabbed approximately 30 times with a pair of scissors.

A witness told police she saw two men — one about 20 years old and the other about 35 years old — leaving the restaurant minutes after the estimated time of the homicide. A little more than $100 was missing from the cash register.

Twenty-one-year-old Steven Moore was indicted and tried for the murder. At the time of his indictment, two years after the murder, Moore was in the Iowa State Penitentiary on a burglary charge.

Witnesses who originally had implicated Moore refused to testify during the trial. The lack of witness testimony combined with no footprints, fingerprints or palm prints matching Moore being found in the restaurant, led to him being found not guilty.

There were few other promising leads in the case.


Who: Jacqueline “Jackie” Shireman

What happened: The 21-year-old was found stabbed to death in a restaurant in Dubuque on Jan. 4, 1975.

How you can help: Contact the Dubuque Police Department at 563-589-4410 or the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation at 515-725-6010 or e-mail dciinfo@dps.state.ia.us.


“Gone Cold: Exploring Iowa’s unsolved murders” is a yearlong collaborative effort by Iowa news organizations to revisit some of the most brutal and mystifying homicides in the state’s history. The N’West Iowa REVIEW is presenting some of the unsolved homicides in the hope that it will lead to new tips and potentially help solve cases.