Tuesday, January 14, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: January 14

An early version of watching too many violent movies or playing too many violent video games?

January 14, 1903
- George Prier, a well-known and highly respected young man from Anoka, was fatally stabbed by Dan Burns, a young man of Anoka County, this afternoon.

The stabbing was almost wholly unwarranted. Pier visited a saloon and in going out brushed against Burns, who stood in his way. Burns drew a large knife and stabbed Prier an inch above the heart, and as his victim fell, stabbed him again.

Burns’ mind is thought to have been affected by trashy novels. After the stabbing he attempted to escape, but was captured by a brother of Prier and locked up in jail.

Public indignation against Burns is very strong and the sheriff has placed an extra guard at the jail to prevent any attempt at lynching.

St. Paul Globe; “Anoka Young Man Fatally Stabbed; Murderer Captured and Public Demonstration Against Him Threatened”; Jan. 15, 1903; p. 1.

Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Jan. 14, 2014,
as long as acknowledgement included

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