Tuesday, May 31, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 31

May 31, 1910 – Captain Timothy Murphy, recently of the Volunteers of America, who claimed that he was kidnapped and robbed of $1,250 belonging to the organization on March 17 last, was found guilty by a jury of grand larceny in the first degree this evening. The offense carries with it the punishment of one to ten years in the penitentiary.

The money Murphy is alleged to have stolen was collected during Tag Day, the funds being raised to build a girls’ rescue home.

Murphy disappeared and several days later returned claiming that he had been confined in a cave by robbers who took the money.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Timothy Murphy Is Guilty. Man Who Absconded With $1,250 of Volunteers Funds Is Convicted.”; June 1, 1910; p. 1.



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