Monday, May 11, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 11

May 11, 1917 – Eddie Hamilton, said to be Joe Redenbaugh, wanted as one of the principals in the murder of Mrs. Alice McQuillan Dunn, St. Paul, and Patrolman George Connery, Minneapolis, was arrested today in San Francisco, along with the woman said to be his wife.

Joe Redenbaugh and his wife Pearl taken in the San Francisco jail*

St. Paul Police Chief John O’Connor received a telegram around noon today from the San Francisco chief of police:  “We are holding Eddie Hamilton and the woman for you. He is also wanted in Nebraska, Portland and Minneapolis.”

O’Connor has had Detective Peter Lavalle on Redenbaugh’s trail ever since the suspected murderer left St. Paul, and Lavalle has been closing in on the suspect. The Chief say Lavalle will be in San Francisco tomorrow.

Minneapolis Police Chief Lewis Harthill said today that the man under arrest in San Francisco is Eddie Hamilton, the “second man” in the death car with Fran McCool when the Minneapolis patrolman was murdered. However, Harthill insists that Hamilton is not Redenbough. Minneapolis police detectives planned to leave today for San Francisco with a “John Doe” warrant, returned by the Hennepin County grand jury, charging the “second man” with first degree murder.

St. Paul Daily News; “Second Murder Suspect In Toils. Man Arrested Today in Frisco Is Redenbaugh, Says Chief O’Connor. Wanted For Double Slaying. Detective Peter Lavalle, St. Paul, on Tail Since Monday.”; May 11, 1917; pp. 1 and 2. 

*St. Paul Daily News; May 21, 1917; p. 1.

Disappearance of Minneapolis Patrolman George Connery; see April 24, 2015 blog

Car Connery disappeared in found in St. Paul; see April 25, 2015 blog

Murder of Alice McQuillan Dunn; see April 26, 2015 blog

More than 1,000 volunteers join Minneapolis police in the search for missing patrolman; see April 28, 2015 blog

Connery and Dunn murders linked; see May 4, 2015, blog

Anonymous caller tells police where body of Connery is located; see May 5, 2015 blog

Second man in “death car” arrested in Omaha; see May 7, 2015 blog

Patrolman George Connery laid to rest; see May 8, 2015 blog

Frank McCool attacks a jailer when caught trying to escape Omaha jail; see May 10,2015 blog


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