Friday, April 19, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 19

April 19, 1963 – Dick W. C. Anderson, a 35-year old man from Minneapolis, was arrested in Phoenix, Ariz., on this date for the March 6 murder of Carol Thompson in Highland Park (St. Paul, Minn.).  Another Minneapolis man, Richard Sharpe, was also arrested in Phoenix, as St. Paul authorities believed “he may have played a significant part in arranging the murder.”1

“Also sought by St. Paul police for questioning” was Sheldon Morris, a man police thought “may have had temporary possession of the gun used” to bludgeon Carol Thompson to death. A fourth man, Norman Mastrian of Spring Lake Park, was also taken into custody by St. Paul homicide detectives, in the belief that Mastrian “acted as the ‘middle man’ in what” they now feel “was a case of murder-for-hire.”1

St. Paul Lt. George Barkley said he had evidence that “Mastian offered several people money to kill” Mrs. Thompson.2

T. Eugene Thompson, well known St. Paul criminal attorney and husband of the murdered woman, released a note from his office to the press saying he was very happy with the job the St. Paul police and county attorney’s office were doing on the case.

1St. Paul Pioneer Press; “No. 1 Slay Suspect Arrested;” April 20, 1963; pp. 1 and 2.
2Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Minneapolis Police Work Rated ‘Good Job’ by St. Paul Officer”; April 20, 1963; pp. 1 and 6.

Carol and T. Eugene Thompson

Murder of Carol Thompson; see March 6, 2013 blog

Gun handle pieces found at the scene of Carol Thompson’s murder identified; see April 9, 2013 blog

Thieves admit to stealing and selling gun used in Carol Thompson murder; see April 17, 2013 blog

Suspect implicates another as actual murderer in Carol Thompson case; see April 21, 2013 blog

T. Eugene Thompson represented one of the suspects in his wife’s murder; see April 23, 2013 blog

Pistol used to bludgeon Carol Thompson found; see April 30, 2013 blog

T. Eugene Thompson walks out on grand jury; see May 2, 2013 blog

Getaway car in Carol Thompson murder located; see May 3, 2013 blog

Blood-stained trousers believed to have been worn by Carol Thompson’s murderer found; May 9, 2013 blog

Suspect in Carol Thompson’s murder confesses, implicates T. Eugene Thompson; see June 20, 2013 blog

T. Eugene Thompson arrested in his wife’s murder; see June 21, 2013 blog

T. Eugene Thompson’s role in wife’s murder revealed to public; see June 22, 2013 blog

Minn. Supreme Court affirms T. Eugene Thompson’s conviction; see Jan. 7, 2014 blog

Minn. Supreme Court denies T. Eugene Thompson’s attempt to collect wife’s insurance death benefits; see Feb. 10, 2014 blog

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