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Mortuary gurney may be last link to story of unfortunate peddler


November 1, 2016

A TRAVELER passes the Canyon Creek toll gate on the Santiam Wagon Road.

It being Halloween season, this seems a good time to revisit one of East Linn County’s unsolved murders.

Were there others? Maybe, and maybe they still remain undiscovered.

However, a definitely dead body marked this murder, and back in 1959 Doris Gunderson wrote about it for the Democrat Herald.

Lois Rice, a founder of the East Linn Museum, saved a clipping which in turn was referred to by Margaret Carey and Patricia Hainline in their definitive book on Sweet Home, “Sweet Home in the Oregon Cascades.” It will now be, therefore, a thrice-told story, if not fourth-told.

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