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Knapp murder trial reveals strange angle

• Mar 17, 2017 at 8:00 PM

March 17, 1927

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector-Herald on this date 90 years ago:


Knapp murder trial reveals strange angle

The Ediin murder trial at Casper, Wyo., which was scheduled to start last Monday, is a very remarkable case. The defendant is charged with murdering George Knapp of Chicago, a former Norwalk man.

Knapp was Ediin’s benefactor when the defendant was 15 years of age, he was employed as a member of a civil engineer’s party by the Burlington railway. Knapp held a responsible position with this company and with other officials befriended Ediin. When the defendant’s health broke down, he was given the management of a ranch at Lander, Wyo. by Knapp.

The victim of the killing had spent much money in the ranch project and Ediin is accused of cheating his benefactor through embezzlement and other forms of trickery.

The body of Mr. Knapp was found at the bottom of an abandoned mining shaft with the skull crushed. Bet there were no other broken bones. The most significant fact in connection with the case is the condition of the hands.

It is stated there were no lacerations of the palms or fingers at all. Counsel for the state, it is reported, will assert that this indicates death had occurred at the surface of the ground and that had Mr. Knapp been even partly conscious, he would have grasped with his fingers the jagged sides of the mine shaft and would have suffered cuts and bruises to his hands.


City police in big haul

Norwalk police at 11:20 pm. Wednesday seized 50 gallons of synthetic whisky on W. Main St. a few hundred feet west of Pleasant Street from Mike Duetch, 38, of Cleveland, and Max Malinas, 40, of the same city.

The arrest was made by patrolmen L.D. Ward, William Folk and Harley Vinson.

One of the officers noticed that the Studebaker special car which the men were driving, sagged suspiciously low on the springs. A chase was started and the car was stopped. In the rear part was found the alcohol contained in oblong tin cans containing about 10 gallons each. Each can was in a brown paper container.

The officers are of the opinion the liquor is a mixture of good or fair quality grain alcohol and water. It seems to be intended for use as an alcoholic beverage.

Mayor A.C. Smith fined Malinas $500 on the charge of transporting liquor and fined Duetch $500 on the charge of possession.


Mardell Lamm fractures leg

Mardell Lamm, the 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.L. Lamm of Norwood Avenue, broke her leg just above the ankle Wednesday while playing at the home of Milton Dooley of Benedict Avenue. When the girl took hold of a ring suspended from a rope tied to a tree limb, the rope broke and she fell.


Farm Women meet April 1

The seventh mid-year conference of the Huron County Federation of Farm Women’s Clubs will be held at the Presbyterian Church, Peru, Friday, April 1.

An interesting program has been arranged and several excellent speakers will be present.

W.H. Thompson will be the featured speaker. Mary Neikirk Baker, chief of the organizing division of the Ohio State Library, will discuss “Equalizing Library Opportunities.”

The Peru Village Farm Women’s Club, No. 203, will be the entertaining club and will serve dinner in the community house at noon. Dinner reservations for those who desire to attend who are not club members, should be made to Mrs. D.B. Clark, Phone, Rural W43.


Coming Saturday — March 18, 1927: Baby daughter passes away

— Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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