When a state chooses to make a dramatic change in the way it enforces law and order -- most notably in how it punishes those who break the law, it’s safe to assume the change would come after careful study, well-reasoned feedback from the state’s residents or maybe after those residents took to the streets to protest and demand change.
But when the state of Minnesota chose to abolish the death penalty in the early 20th century, the change came not from any of those things, but from the fallout of a forbidden love affair between a mutinous, bar-brawling Englishman and a teenage boy. And how the people from the land of 10,000 lakes reacted to it.
In the first of this two-part series, Forum Communications journalist and fellow podcaster Tracy Briggs asks the questions you've always wanted to know, including how Wolner, a California native ended up in North Dakota.
Was Fargo carpenter Frank Kethman joking when he called Moorhead physician Thrond Egge, a “horse doctor.” Some say “yes,” others say “no,” and the bad blood between the two men ended with one of them dead and lead to the Wagon Wrench Murder of 1909.
Hosted by Tracy Briggs.
Read the full article: https://www.inforum.com/the-vault/7141942-A-Moorhead-doctor-and-a-Fargo-carpenter-walk-into-a-bar-and-walk-into-the-Wagon-Wrench-Murder
In July 1932, federal agents raided a picturesque farm near Jamestown, North Dakota. The farm was owned by one of the most prominent men in town. It also houses the biggest illegal booze operation west of Chicago.
One of North Dakota's wealthiest farmers was also a serial killer.
Eugene Butler was a founding father of the town of Niagara, N.D., in 1882. Shortly after his death in 1915, workmen found six skeletons under his house. Now more than 100 years after his murderous spree, authorities say you might hold the key to identifying his victims.
Full Story: https://www.inforum.com/the-vault/7073384-One-of-North-Dakotas-wealthiest-farmers-was-also-a-serial-killer
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