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From our archives, 100 years ago
The man known as “Jack the Spanker” – aka Charles Brown – was sentenced to life in prison at Walla Walla for assaulting a 5-year-old girl in Spokane.
Spokane children had been terrorized earlier in the spring by a man who approached boys and girls on streets and playgrounds and told them that they had been “bad” and needed spanking. Then he proceeded to cruelly beat them, sometimes with a leather strap.
Brown was found guilty on March 8 of assaulting the girl. He received a life term because “the age of the child gives the court no discretion” in sentencing. The man had been arrested after friends of the little girl went to a “soothsayer” or fortune teller, who apparently pointed them toward Brown.
This wasn’t over yet. His lawyer filed a motion asking for the verdict to be overturned due to lack of evidence. He also said he would appeal it to the state Supreme Court.
From the transit beat: Six streetcar conductors were suspended for taking articles of women’s apparel, found in a suitcase left on the car, and “punching” them with their ticket punchers. The clothing was “peppered” with holes. The owner was not amused when she got her suitcase back.
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(From the Associated Press)
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