The Vault

Join us as we delve into the news vault for a fresh look at the cold cases, crime & mysteries of our communities.

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The Great Jamestown Still Raid

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In July 1932, federal agents raided a picturesque farm near Jamestown, North Dakota. The farm was owned by one of the most prominent men in town. It also houses the biggest illegal booze operation west of Chicago.

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Niagara's Millionaire Murderer

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One of North Dakota's wealthiest farmers was also a serial killer.

Eugene Butler was a founding father of the town of Niagara, N.D., in 1882. Shortly after his death in 1915, workmen found six skeletons under his house. Now more than 100 years after his murderous spree, authorities say you might hold the key to identifying his victims.

Full Story: https://www.inforum.com/the-vault/7073384-One-of-North-Dakotas-wealthiest-farmers-was-also-a-serial-killer

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Part 4: Murder in Room 30 - The Killing of Marie Wick

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After years of research, interviews and a boastful confession by another man, the new lead prosecutor fights to make sure justice is finally served in the death of Marie Wick and conviction of William Gummer.

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Part 3: Murder in Room 30 - The Killing of Marie Wick

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Gummer gives an interview as he’s heading into prison. He doesn’t think he’ll be there long. But he is there for 22 years.

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Part 2: Murder in Room 30 - The Killing of Marie Wick

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The trial and conviction of William Gummer. He always maintained his innocence, but why did officials think he was guilty? 

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About the Podcast

Join us as we delve into the news vault for a fresh look at the cold cases, crime & mysteries of our communities.

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Tracy Briggs is a News, Lifestyle and History reporter with Forum Communications. Tracy began her career as a broadcast journalist - producing, reporting and anchoring the news at WDAY-TV. The love of history stories started then when Tracy did a yearlong series on North Dakota's Centennial in 1989 and another yearlong series, "Our Century" in 1999 about the biggest 20th century news in our region. The following year, the series "Our People" covered notable people in our communities.