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Murder at Green Lake (Seattle): Sylvia Gaines

On June 17, 1926, a carpenter found the body of 22-year-old Sylvia Gaines (1904-1926), a recent Smith College graduate, on the north shore of Seattle's Green Lake. The Gaines case became one of the mo...

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November 22, 1963: At the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

HistoryLink historian John Caldbick started working as a copyboy at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on November 21, 1963. This People's History is his account of the next day.

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One Day in Federal Court: Tacoma, Thursday, February 19, 1959 -- from Murray Morgan's Broadcast Script

Former Teamsters Union leader Dave Beck (1894-1993) was tried in federal court in Tacoma on charges of income-tax evasion. Murray Morgan (1916-2000) covered the trial for his daily radio news program....

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Poisoned Painkiller Panic: The Snow-Nickell Cyanide Murders

In June 1986, two Auburn residents were killed by painkillers laced with cyanide. America immediately thought of the unsolved 1982 Chicago Tylenol product-tampering murders in which seven people died....

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Prohibition: Booze Routes to Spokane

During Prohibition, which began in Washington state on January 1, 1916, and ended in 1933, Spokane was a major center for receiving and distributing contraband liquor. Prohibition in the area spawned ...

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Prohibition in Washington State

In Washington -- as in the rest of the country -- the question of who, if anyone, should control, manufacture, import, possess, and consume alcoholic intoxicants has been contentious and complicated b...

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Seattle Holy Rollers Killings: The Spectacular End To An Oregon Love Cult

Early in the morning of May 7, 1906, Oregon mill worker George Mitchell spotted the man he had been looking for in Seattle since he had arrived from Portland on May 2. Franz Edmund Creffield was walki...

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Seattle Police Vigilantes: May 1970, An Eyewitness Account

David Wilma was a University Police Officer during the protests that broke out in early May 1970 in response to the United States entry into Cambodia, a neutral country, and in response to the killing...

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September 27, 1938: A Day Like No Other by Dorothea Nordstrand

This reminiscence by the then-bank teller Dorothea Pfister (later Nordstrand) (1916-2011) recounts the events of a rather alarming day at the Green Lake State Bank, located in the Green Lake neighborh...

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Spokane's South Hill Rapist: the Kevin Coe Case

From 1978 to 1981, a rapist who committed as many as 37 brutal assaults kept the city of Spokane terrified. Police scoured the city for the "South Hill rapist" so-named because many of the rapes took ...

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Starwich, Matthew (1879-1941)

Matt Starwich was a colorful King County sheriff who left a wealth of stories to delight historians. He first rose to prominence as a deputy sheriff in the coal-mining town of Ravensdale in southeast ...

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Wenatchee Witch Hunt: Child Sex Abuse Trials In Douglas and Chelan Counties

Wenatchee, Washington, got world attention in 1994-1995, when it found itself in the midst of what was characterized as history's most extensive child sex abuse investigation. Three years later, the i...

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