DNA Evidence Helps Police Crack 30-Year-Old Cold Case In The Twin Cities

On Feb. 1, 1987, Lillian Kuller, 81, was slain in her home at 1290 Goodrich Ave. in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she lived for decades. The former Ziegfeld Follies chorus dancer died as a result of “unexpected strangulation,” which “baffled” detectives, according to Pioneer Press reports.

Lillian Helped Her Family In The Depression

Lillian Helped Her Family In The Depression

Kuller was born Lillian Garmisa in Chicago, Illinois, in the early 1900s. Her father was rather well off financially, but during the Depression times got very hard for the family, which included 13 children. Lillian decided she would become a professional dancer in order to help feed the large family. As a young woman, she was a chorus dancer in the Ziegfeld Follies, a series of lavish theatrical productions on Broadway in New York City (famous actress Barbara Stanwyck was one of the famous Ziegfeld girls). During her stint as a dancer, Kuller mingled with celebrities and met her future husband, Nate Kuller.