Tuesday, April 23, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 23

April 23, 1963 – News breaks that T. Eugene Thompson, St. Paul attorney and husband of Carol Thomson, the woman murdered in her Highland Park home on March 6, “was representing Norman J. Mastrian in a Minneapolis traffic court case [on] Feb. 20, two weeks before Mrs. Thompson was slain.”

It was also noted that Thompson had “served as Mastrian’s attorney last spring when Mastrian and two others were arrested for questioning in the murder of Eddie James, St. Paul tavern operator whose body was found in an Anoka County wooded area with a bullet in his head. Mastrian and the others were released.”

Mastrian was charged April 19 with the slaying of Mrs. Thompson.

Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Thompson Represented Mastrian”; April 23, 1963; pp. 1 and 8.

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

Suspects arrested in Carol Thompson’s murder; see April 19, 2013 blog

Suspect implicates another as actual murderer in Carol Thompson case; see April21, 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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