Saturday, May 11, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 11

May 11, 1937 – Hormel’s canned ham product, Spam, was registered as a trademark.

Visit Spamville at the Minnesota State Fair this fall.

Sit on the Spam Throne and have your photo taken.

Photos taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain May 11, 2013,
as long as acknowledgement included.

Friday, May 10, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 10

May 10, 1999 – Three-year-old “Kenny Kramer [of Brownsville, Minn.] was reported missing by his father. His body was found hidden in brush near the trailer home he shared with his father and grandparents. FBI dogs trained to find cadavers discovered the boy whose mouth was bound with duct tape and the body then wrapped in plastic.

Howie Kramer, Jr - Kenny's father - admitted to police that he caused his son's death by gagging him, wrapping him in a plastic bag and leaving him, alive, in the woods. Kenny's father stated he had planned to win back a former girlfriend by leaving a note stating Kenny would be returned if the girlfriend married him by a certain date. Howie Kramer, Jr. [was] charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.”

Thursday, May 9, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 9

May 9, 1963 – Torn, blood-stained trousers believed to have been worn by Carol Thompson’s murderer were found today about seven miles north of Elk River, and about seven miles west of the area where the Luger pistol used to bludgeon the victim was recovered on April 30. The blue pants were torn in half, separated at the crotch, and the two pieces found about three miles apart.

According to Chester Goenner, Sherburne county sheriff, “one of the pockets of the trousers bore the name Anderson written in [indelible] ink in longhand and clearly legible.” 

“One of the men indicted by the Ramsey county grand jury on first-degree murder charges in the Thompson murder [was] Dick W. C. Anderson.”

St. Paul Dispatch; “Trousers in Thompson Slaying Case Found, Stains On Cloth May Be Blood”; May 10, 1963; pp. 1 & 2.

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 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

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

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 8

May 8, 1876 – General George Armstrong Custer was at Fort Snelling when he was informed that he “was to lead the 7th Cavalry as part of a major spring campaign to drive the newly-declared ‘hostiles’ from the region of the Big Horn Valley in Montana.”

General George Armstrong Custer

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 7

May 7, 2002 – “Lucas John Helder (21) of Pine Island, Minn., was arrested following a car chase near Lovelock, Nevada, and charged for [a] series of mailbox pipe bombs. Helder said he was trying to make a "smiley face" pattern on the map of his bombings. His series of rural mailbox bombings left six people wounded in Illinois and Iowa. Helder [was] found incompetent to stand trial.”

Lucas John Helder - FBI Mugshot   

Monday, May 6, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 6

May 6, 1863 - Lieutenant Colonel William Colvill was promoted to and became the fifth and final colonel of the Seventh Minnesota Infantry during the Civil War.

Lieutenant Colonel William Colvill

Sunday, May 5, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 5

May 5, 1884 – “Charles Albert ‘Chief’ Bender was born in Brainerd [, Minn. on this date]. The Ojibwe pitcher was the first Minnesotan inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He pitched in 5 World Series for the Philadelphia Athletics with a career record of 212 [wins] and 127 losses.”

Charles Albert ‘Chief’ Bender