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Hillman, Clarence Dayton (1870-1935)

For almost 20 years beginning in 1896, Clarence Hillman was one of the most prominent businessmen and real estate developers in Seattle. His aggressive and even fraudulent sales of vacant land laid ou...

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I Touched Harry Tracy's Corpse by Charles May Anderson, M.D.

Physician and historian Charles May Anderson of Sprague, Lincoln County, wrote this fascinating account of rural life in the early twentieth century and the pursuit and death of murderer and prison es...

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King County Historical Bibliography, Part 04: Crime, Law Enforcement, and Justice

This bibliography on crime, law enforcement, and justice was prepared as a community history resource by staff of the former King County Office of Cultural Resources, now 4Culture (King County Cultura...

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Lady of the Lake

The Lady of the Lake is a true story and one of the more enduring legends on the Olympic Peninsula. This tale of murder, a body that turned to "soap," and the hunt for a killer has absorbed readers an...

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Letourneau, Mary Kay (b. 1962)

Mary Kay Letourneau, at one time a respected elementary school teacher in Burien, is now a convicted sex offender whose illicit relationship with one of her students has both repelled and fascinated p...

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Maleng, Norm (1938-2007)

Norman Kim "Norm" Maleng was King County Prosecuting Attorney for 28 years, during which he implemented legal reforms, mentored future judges and politicians, and made national news while prosecuting ...

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Marijuana Legalization in Washington

Washington became one of the first two states, along with Colorado, to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana when voters approved Initiative 502 on November 6, 2012. The vote was the culminatio...

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Masked Robbers Trammel Train in Ballard

Romantic tales of bank heists, train robberies, and hold ups were favorites of American newspapers, large and small, in the early part of the twentieth century. Among these is a story set in Ballard, ...

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May, Luke (1892-1965)

Luke May, known as America's Sherlock Holmes, was a pioneering "scientific detective" who moved to Seattle in 1919. He was an independent private consulting detective whose work represented a radical...

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McGraw, John H. (1850-1910)

John H. McGraw was elected Washington state's second governor in 1892. He arrived in Seattle from Maine during the 1870s at the age of 26, and got a job as a clerk in the Occidental Hotel. He joined S...

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McNeil Island and the Federal Penitentiary, 1841-1981

McNeil Island, located in southern Puget Sound, was named in 1841 by Lt. Charles Wilkes of the United States Exploring Expedition in honor of William Henry McNeill. McNeill (the name, but not the isl...

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McNeil Island Corrections Center, 1981-present

The McNeil Island Corrections Center, located in southern Puget Sound, 2.8 miles from Steilacoom, Washington, was the oldest prison facility in the Northwest. Built in 1875, it began as the first fed...

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