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Tag: Washington State

Mug Shot Monday! Woodrow Wilson Clark, 1944

Woodrow Wilson “Whitey” Clark On the morning of Jan. 15, 1944, in a small shack at the back of the Dillon Sign Shop at E1806 Sprague, police inspected a gruesome murder scene. Four people hacked and mutilated by a hatchet. Two victims, T.P. Dillon and Jane Staples, were dead. Flora Dillon died a few days […]

Feature Story: The Love Song of Archie Moock, 1928

   by Jason Lucky Morrow   This story is no longer available on this blog. Please look for it in my soon to be published book, Famous Crimes the World Forgot, Volume II. —###—

Mug Shot Monday! Pvt. James Stine, 1912

In 1912, forty-two-year-old Private James Stine was sentenced to life in prison for the first degree murder of Corporal David Austin who he shot and killed on the parade grounds of Fort George Wright in Spokane, Washington. Stine said he killed Austin because of his harsh methods of disciplining soldiers of the all black 25th […]

Mug Shot Monday! Mark Maxwell, 1919

In August 1919, Mark Maxwell worked for the railway division of the US Postal Service when he embezzled $9,000 from registered banking deposits bound for the Federal Reserve. Stationed in Mansfield, Washington, Maxwell tried to evade capture by traveling across the country to New York City. Distancing himself from the crime didn’t help and the […]

Mug Shot Monday! Murderer Paul Clein, 1909

Paul Clein On March 1, 1909, thirty-six-year-old German immigrant, Paul Clein, and Polish immigrant John Saudawski, also in his late thirties, were seen together eating supper at a German bakery in Spokane, Washington. Three weeks later, Saudawski’s partially burned body was found on the Fort George Wright military reservation[1] on the outskirts of Spokane. When […]

Mug Shot Monday! Opium Smuggler Wesley Sischo, 1918 and 1935

: Wesley Leroy Sischo was a former maritime customs agent who decided it was more profitable to work on the other side of the law. During World War I, he began working with a Seattle Chinese gang to smuggle opium into Washington State. As the captain of a small coastal vessel, it was his job […]

Mug Shot Monday! Ed Hagen, Hero Policeman, Boxer, Bootlegger, 1921

Ed Hagen was a former semi-professional boxer and hero policeman turned bootlegger. He was caught in April of 1919 trying to break into a government liquor warehouse. He was sentenced to two years in McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary. He appealed his sentence but eventually lost and began serving his sentence in March, 1921. The article […]

The Kitsap County Killer, 1934, Leo Hall

The Mass Murder of Six People in a Washington State Cottage Story by Sam D. Cohen, for his syndicated column Today’s True Detective Story, “Killer of Six Captured, Brutal Murders are Solved,” July 11, 1941, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Peach Section, page 2. ON A SATURDAY in March 1934, Tom Sanders stepped out of his Erland Point, […]