Mary Beth “Pixie” Grismore – 10 of Spades, Indiana

In February 1978, a 26-year-old mother of two disappeared from her rural Indiana home the day she was scheduled to move to Iowa with her new husband. Months later, she was found strangled to death in the trunk of her own car in Ohio. For more than forty years, Mary Beth “Pixie” Grismore’s case has haunted law enforcement as they sift through the unanswered questions surrounding her disappearance and murder. Although the case has been ice cold for years, police are hopeful that the tip they need to bring new life to the investigation is right around the corner.

10 of Spades - Pixie Grismore

Courtesy of Indiana Department of Correction

Episode Info

If you have any information on the kidnapping and murder of Mary Beth Grismore AKA “Pixie” please call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI Or visit tips.FBI.gov.

Items missing from the Grismores’ car that have never been recovered:

  • Yellow Iowa License Plate: 93GYD485
  • Several oil paintings signed “PIXIE”
  • A large regulator-type wall clock (Seth Thomas Clock) in a light oak case, penciled inside the case behind the movement are the initials BDH and the date 1975 or 1976
  • A large copper laundry broiler with a blue lid
  • A set of Fostoria crystal, a pattern similar to Rosepoint cups, saucers and nine inch plates (setting for twelve)
  • A sterling silver flatware set with an International pattern, setting for six, minus one salad fork and an extra teaspoon
  • A Noritake china set with a white and gray rose pattern with a silver border, place setting for six or seven also two platters, a round serving dish and two smaller vegetable dishes. The gray rose pattern was discontinued before Pixie’s disappearance
  • A Haviland china matching coffee pot and cream and sugar server, ivory color with platinum band
  • A silver chafing dish valued at approximately $100 (as of 1978)
  • A music box with ceramic figures that played Lara’s Theme
  • Several African carvings in wood, one human figure, six napkin rings (square with animal carvings), one “ugly” terra cotta chicken known as African primitive
  • A silver sugar scoop mounted on a pedestal used as a nut server or appetizer server
  • An antique barnwood plaque with the saying “Henry, how could you”
  • A photograph of a large clock