Friday, December 12, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 12

December 12, 1905 – Theodore Loranson, living near Pelan, Minn., Kittson County, is reported to have killed his father, John Loranson, today by cutting him with an ax.

Almost three years go Loranson was with his brother Albin when he was killed with a shotgun. Theodore and Albin were driving to the threshing field, and had placed a gun in the vehicle, intending to do some chicken shooting. They had gone but a short distance when the gun was discharged, the charge striking Albin in the head and killing him instantly. The shock was too much for Theodore, who immediately afterwards developed symptoms of insanity.

Loranson has been sent to the insane asylum at Fergus Falls five times and each time has been released on parole.

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Pelan Scene of Murder. Report Is That An Insane Man Killed His Father.”; Dec. 15, 1905; p. 4.

The Minneapolis Journal; Minneapolis, Minn.; Sept. 19, 1902; p. 17.

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