Criminal history: Notorious tales from the Northwest’s past
It’s not hard to rattle off the names of notorious criminals in the recent past of the Inland Northwest. Joseph Duncan. Robert Yates Jr. Kevin Coe.
But long before these names appeared in the newspapers, other killers and criminals captivated the region’s attention and filled the news pages.
For this special series, reporter Meghann M. Cuniff went deep into The Spokesman-Review and Spokane Daily Chronicle archives to unearth the stories of killers whose names used to be right on the tips of residents’ tongues.
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‘Roving eye’ helped jury convict killer
The grisly hatchet murders in a tiny home on East Sprague Avenue in 1944 led to a young man’s death on the gallows in Walla Walla. More than 60 years …
Teen killer’s demands helped police solve case
The phone call to police on Christmas Eve 1976 promised more slayings if police didn’t pay $10,000. “He said two more people would be killed with a .32 pistol and …
Discovery of decomposed remains unraveled mystery
Her decomposed remains were wrapped in a bed sheet in a plastic bag, and hidden in thick brush in Spokane’s Peaceful Valley. But it wasn’t a full body: Eva L. …
Killer ‘crazed with jealousy’
His attorney blamed the shotgun murder on a “gnawing conscience” and called the killer, Charley C. Hanes, a religious man who loved his family and who had already paid for …
Ex-boxer said he and murder victim fought over teeth
The taunting note on the dead man’s chest was the first clue. “This will teach you not to fool with married women or sell bum whiskey,” it read, pinned to …