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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

THURSDAY, OCT. 13, 2011

From our archives, 75 years ago

A Latah County sheriff was trying to apprehend an escaped patient from the Idaho State Hospital for the Insane in Orofino – but shot and killed him instead.

The deputy said he pursued the escaped patient to a house on Hatter Creek. The man suddenly ran out the back door and raced up a nearby knoll.

“First I shouted to him to stop,” said the deputy. “When he didn’t stop, I fired two warning shots with my revolver. … Just as I fired the second shot, (the patient) turned abruptly and ran into the line of fire.”

The deputy said he “had no intention of killing or I would have shot him as he crawled under the fence behind the house.”

The patient had been committed to the hospital a year earlier.

From the movie beat: The Rex Theater was screening a titillating title in 1936: “Marihuana: Weed With Roots in Hell.”

The ad showed a scantily clad woman and, oddly, a hypodermic needle. In large letters, it said, “Weird Orgies, Wild Parties, Unleashed Passions.”

In smaller type, it said, “Not recommended for children.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1981: Egypt held a referendum to elect Vice President Hosni Mubarak the new president, one week after the assassination of Anwar Sadat.

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