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Two murderers

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Re: Two murderers

Posted: 12 Mar 2013 3:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 12 Mar 2013 4:05PM GMT
Yes, that must be your John Norland you found in the St. Louis County MN Death Index 1870-1899:

NORLAND, JOHN died 09 April 1885 in St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA

WASIMAN JOHN died 28 August 1885 in St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA

I wonder if the John Norlund I found in Fond du Lac could be the right person, since this story, below, was written in Fond du Lac (posted in another thread on this topic). Another newspaper story said he had a wife in Kilkenny.

27 June 1885
Duluth Times newspaper

JOHN NORLAND: HIS CRIME IN FINLAND AND HIS ESCAPE FROM PUNISHMENT. Why He Committed Suicide.
Fond Du Lac. Editor Tribune (?)
Since the forty days for which Waisenen was remanded to await the action of the governor expired, there has been quite a speculation on the part of the Finlanders here as to the final action that will be taken in his case. There are several Finns here who were personally acquainted with Norland in the old country, and one of them, Joseph Erickson by name, gave me the following of Norland's history: Norland was convicted in Finland for the murder of a postmaster there, and while lying in prison feigned sickness and through the influence of his father, and his money, who, by the way, was well-to-do, his, Norland's, death and burial occured; but in place of Norland the coffin contained stone to make it heavy and represent a corpse, was incased and buried, while the real Norland was spirited away to this country, where he afterwards lived, except for a short time, when he made a visit to Norway, his father sending him money. At one time he sent him $500. Norland expressed to his friends that he would hang himself, and that if he could not do so in Duluth he would when he got to Stillwater [to the federal prison], and that he had committed so many crimes that he had no peace of mind, and that his conscience troubled him so that he would rather end his miserable life than to have it prolonged. His real name was John Hollin [unfortunately, that name is hard to read, might say Holdin], but on arriving in America he adopted the name of Norland to avoid detection. Those knowing him seem to think he, of the two, was the most to blame for Farley's death, but do not exonerate Waisenen, and seem to think him deserving any punishment he may get.
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