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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Was the Anna Weber murder investigation finally going to break wide open?

Information from the Burns private detective firm certainly made it seem that way.

“We feel certain that we know who killed Anna Weber,” detective Martin J. Burns said.

“We have in hand evidence which I am firmly convinced has developed sufficiently to bring the guilty parties to justice,” prosecutor George Crandell said.

Weber was the young housemaid who was brutally murdered 18 months earlier on a pathway below Summit Boulevard, above the Spokane River. The Burns men had been working independently on the case, and they had delivered what seemed to be crucial information to Spokane police and prosecutors. Nobody was yet disclosing the nature of this new evidence, but they did say it proved that earlier leads, which focused on the girl’s father and family, were proven to be groundless.

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(From the Associated Press)

1883: Twelve people were trampled to death in a stampede sparked by a rumor that the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge was in danger of collapsing. … 1943: During World War II, American troops secured the Aleutian island of Attu from Japanese forces.

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