City jail prisoner R. L. Ladovich murders Seattle Police Officer Matthias H. Rude on September 24, 1910.

  • By David Wilma
  • Posted 5/20/2002
  • Essay 3802
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On September 24, 1910, city jail prisoner R. L. Ladovich murders Seattle Police Officer Matthias H. Rude (1865-1910).

Officer Rude and another officer were supervising a work detail of 30 prisoners from the city stockade. Prisoner R. L. Ladovich attacked Officer Rude with a mattock, striking him in the head.

Ladovich was serving a sentence for theft. Officer Rude died that same day.


Michael D. Brasfield, "An Examination of the Historical and Biographical Material Pertaining to the Violent Deaths Involving Seattle Police Officers (1881-1980)" (Undergraduate thesis, University of Washington Library, 1980), 19-20.

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