Murder, Frank Jones, Politica discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory

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Have to buy them on December twenty second or something. So that you have time to prepare them and put them in on on ice for a couple of days before you eat them. The. It's a tiny detail that you would never survive. I mean, you would never know that that was true of Italian American communities live two hundred years ago, except that it's important in a crime story. That's why crime stories are these little. There's a flash of light that illuminates the details of of. Something that would otherwise be totally forgotten. Yeah. I think that brings us very effectively volition Iowa, and the the crime story, which as you pointed out earlier is the one that starts to to give away. The communities are already catching on at this point to the fact that there's a killer on the railways take us take us through what happened invalid. On the night of June nine nineteen twelve. The lights were out in politica. Due to a dispute between the Velazquez city council and the power company, so they had city lights and streetlights, but they were out and and the town was in complete darkness is this Sunday night. There was a church service. A Sunday night church service organized by one of the victims. The woman who is the head of the house after the. After the service. I didn't get into this in the book. But I think it's true. I don't believe the murders would ever have happened when they did had the lights been on. And the reason that was true is that he had committed another atrocity just six days earlier about a hundred miles away. And he normally would not have had another outrage that quickly, but because the lights the city was plunged into darkness. It was a perfect opportunity for him. And he couldn't pass it up anyway, re two little girls named Anna Lena, still injure went home with a more family, the family of Henry Moore, they walked home after the church service, and and the little girl spent the night with the their friend. The little girl is a member of the family on the morning of June. Ten no one is stirring around in the house. The. And the his brother finally comes and breaks into the house finds a couple of bodies and runs out of the house scraping. They bring the town marshal. And he is named as Hank Horton. Mr. Horton, courageously goes through the house. You have to understand. He has no reason to believe anything other than that. A crazed murderer is hiding somewhere in this house. He is a dark house. He's holding matches in front of him. With no gun no form of protection holding matches in front of in front of his himself going from room to room finding bodies eight dead bodies in the house and longtime house in a small, quiet. Western town, the and all of them hitting the head with an axe the access found as it usually is next to the body of a little girl. Imagine the train was a pervert. And he was interested in little little girl. Little girl was usually found in a in an attitude suggesting that she had been. She had been outraged after that the. In any case. The crime was not there was a great uproar as you can imagine. But the crime was not solved. Two years later at conman named in Walkerton came to Valenica and realized that he could sustain phony investigation of the crime by keeping people angry. He could keep donations coming in by keeping people angry. And he did that by accusing a very prominent local citizens Frank Jones. Of financing the crimes there isn't any chance in the world of Frank Jones was guilty or that he had any any connection to it. But this campaign to prosecute Frank Jones divided politica, and a horrible and unprecedented way the city fought over whether or not Jones did it or didn't do it for several years and became badly divided community, you know, families on one side of the line wouldn't play with families on the other side of the line. They wouldn't go to they wouldn't shop at their stores. They wouldn't wouldn't have anything to do with them. This battle lasted Alaska for even though. Welker. Stan was eventually run out of town in nineteen seventeen. The the battle went on for a long time and the hard feelings emanating from it. Persist in the city. I I would say to an extent that they persist to the present day. You mentioned the piece about the. The person in whipping up sentiment and making a false accusation to profit from it. And even that creates a pattern for all. Too often. How crime stories unsolved crime stories are treated yet at the same time. It speaks to the fact that there weren't cold-case police officers working the the crime still the crimes at that time might have been solved by after that period of time by somebody writing a letter confessing or somebody knowing somebody that wasn't it went to almost literally like fall in their lap, which again comes back to the the power of storytelling and how key but just by keeping by telling a story beginning middle and end of these events. It doesn't matter. How old the story is is that it will get people to listen again and to reconsider again and most likely to connect again to that sense of outrage about what had happened. And so a static police report. Won't necessarily anger people. But when you start telling the story again, people are feeling, yeah. Yeah. That's right. And and that's but also keeps kind of the idea of the murder alive. It makes it it gives you a sensation. Again, that is the core of sensationalism. But it does it makes it of make you feel it again, the fact that this crime in happened had they had they built a any kind of memorial to the family had there been any had there been what had the town done to try to come to grips with the fact that this murder had happened prior to even this conmen coming to town or afterward. The well there was I don't know that there was that kind of San about. I don't know that anyone built a memorial to them. For many years of Alaska. Authorities and I would say this is still true today that peop- the the chamber of commerce types types in Velasco wished to ballista was known for something else. Right. The there is a the house where the crime occurred is still standing and is operated as a kind of of tourism. It's it's shows up on paranormal TV shows and people pay to take tours of the house the, but if you drive around the list go there's no sign anywhere. That says where the house is that we assign saying where the doctor's house has. But that but where the what is known for is not mentioned anywhere. The that's not an appropriate. I it goes without saying that that's not an appropriate memorial. I don't know that it you raise an interesting question. I don't know that in any of these cases there was a proper memorial to the victims victims were mostly poor people Muslim people without. Without the more family was very well liked. They and the community thought well of them and the vigorous efforts to solve the crime were kind of memorial to them. But I don't think there was any physical memorial to them know, sometimes it's just a place where somebody always brings flowers. In an effort to try to. So it doesn't mean enough to be like a statue. But it is interesting. How communities will will sometimes do that? Because that is their way of honoring. So, but I think you mentioned the economics piece that explains everything that that's one of the reasons why it's usually prominent citizens that enjoy that kind of status. The one of one of the national chains crimes. The double murder in Colorado Springs, emerged two families in one night and adjoining houses the, but if you if you go to that community where that happened. Now, the people in that area is still remember it. It's still they they could tell ya. Oh, that's a house right there. It's still it has not forgotten many.

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