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A daily (5-day-a-week) podcast feed of true Oregon stories -- of heroes and rascals, of shipwrecks and lost gold. Stories of shanghaied sailors and Skid Road bordellos and pirates and robbers and unsolved mysteries. An exploding whale, a couple shockingly scary cults, a 19th-century serial killer, several very naughty ladies, a handful of solid-brass con artists and some of the dumbest bad guys in the history of the universe. From the archives of the Offbeat Oregon History syndicated newspap ...
 
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Alfred Lester Belding may have intended to try to claim the protection of the “Unwritten Law” when he made his plans for revenge. But, reviewing the historical record, it seems more likely he didn’t give a single thought to anything beyond the four murders he had planned.It would have been a long shot anyway. The “Unwritten Law” was a social conven…
 
In the summer of 1970, a man named Dave Panebaker got a job as a seasonal ranger at Crater Lake. Over that summer, he heard about an interesting but little known sight in the park: A dark-blue Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter that had crashed there a month or two after World War II ended.The old Navy fighter had hit hard, and everyone assumed the pilot …
 
Mostly, Mrs. Whitlock was just frustrated. She had rented a room in her boardinghouse to a trio of rough characters, who had gone through her stuff and stolen $60 worth of goods. She’d been trying to get a policeman to come see her about the theft since early that afternoon, without success. She’d tried to reach District Attorney George Chamberlain…
 
The sailors, clinging as best they could to the shattered lifeboat — which still floated, thanks to its air compartments — worked their way around the ship and let the breakers carry them toward the beach. Two men had been killed outright, crushed against their ship’s iron hull, and four more — including William Begg — received injuries ranging fro…
 
R. Thomas Dickerson, after gunning down the chief witness in his wife's upcoming suit for divorce, clearly expected the jury to buy his claim that the man was a “home-wrecker” and deserved what he got. He miscalculated. (Portland, Multnomah County; 1909) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1510a.dickerson-UnLaw.html)…
 
One of America's first known serial killers, Earle Leonard Nelson preyed on landladies, killing them while they were showing him real estate. By the time he was hanged, he'd slain at least 21 women — including four in Portland. (Portland,Multnomah County; 1926) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1309d-dark-strangler-earle-nelson.h…
 
“Professor” Ray V.B. Jackson just happened to be on hand, playing the role of helpful witness, at almost every high-profile murder scene in Lake and Harney counties. What were the odds? (Lake and Harney counties, 1910s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1109b-ray-jackson-central-oregons-angel-of-death.html)…
 
It's hard to believe, but in 1902 the school district put a convicted felon, fresh from serving hard time at the state pen, in charge of its grade-school kids. But the forgery and robbery he was convicted of may have been the least of his crimes. (Silver Lake, Lake County; 1902) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1109a-silver-lak…
 
A Linn County case with a strong element of self-defense, and a Malheur County child-abuse travesty that ended with a shotgun blast, were called Unwritten Law triumphs in the newspapers — but there were differences. (Linn and Malheur counties; 1908) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1509d.powell-n-brown-UnLaw.html)…
 
They found the grizzled prospector’s body slumped over a sample of ore on the floor of the rude log cabin he’d been staying in, deep in the wilderness of southern Oregon, late in the spring of 1897. He’d apparently dropped dead one evening while assaying out the samples he’d gathered that day – probably poisoned by some of the chemicals he was usin…
 
Despite the best efforts of an overzealous federal marshal, the whole episode ended in nothing more than a stern lecture from the bench for 424 unemployed members of “Coxey's Army,” who tried to “borrow” an eastbound train. (Portland and points east, Multnomah County; 1894) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1309b-coxeys-armys-mar…
 
Stock theatre is something most Americans today know little about. It still exists; but it’s a faded and impoverished ghost of what it was at the turn of the 20th century. It’s something of a niche art form, patronized by a small but enthusiastic cohort that tends to pride itself (not without reason) on its cultural refinement.But in 1901, when Geo…
 
The “good guy” was a petty swindler. The “wronged woman” was a prostitute and bigamist. And the “innocent victim” was a serial philanderer who neglected his wife and kids to the point of starvation. By the time the “bad guy” was caught, Portland just wanted to forget the whole thing. (Portland, Multnomah County; 1908) (For text and pictures, see ht…
 
What started out looking like a clean-cut morality play, with a hero, a villain, an innocent victim and a bereaved widow, quickly turned into a tale of remarkable sordidness as the truth slowly emerged. (Portland, Multnomah County; 1909) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1509b.bradley-gittings-part1-UnLaw-356.html)…
 
Dead in the water and drifting toward Peacock Spit in a gale, passengers and crew of the steam schooner Washington thought they were goners. But then out of the mist and spray came Buck Bailey's tugboat ... (Columbia River Bar, Clatsop County; 1911) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1510c.tatoosh-rescues-steam-schooner.361.html)…
 
Fourth-grader Dorothy Anne Hobson decided her tiny timber town needed a newspaper, so she launched the Valsetz Star. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and Shirley Temple were among her subscribers. (Valsetz, Polk County; 1937) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1309a-valsetz-star-and-dorothy-hobson.html)…
 
The editors and writers of The Firebrand, published in Portland and distributed nationwide from 1895 to 1897, surely expected to get some resistance from the establishment. They may even have expected to be arrested, possibly even charged with sedition or treason. But they surely didn’t expect that when their publication was shut down, it would be …
 
After injuries to her knee, ankle and heart, she needed to get away from show business and from an ex-boyfriend. So she retreated to the high desert near Brothers, and became a homesteader ... and looked fabulous doing it. (Brothers, Deschutes County; 1914) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1108b-vaudeville-legend-klondike-kate-…
 
John Bowlsby stalked his wife's alleged paramour from North Bend to Portland, a heavy .44 revolver in his pocket. He caught up with him on a steamboat in Astoria, stealthily shot him from the shadows, and a few months later walked free. (North Bend, Coos County; 1907) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1509a.bowlsby-jennings-UnLaw…
 
These three desperados couldn't seem to catch a break. First they robbed the wrong train; then it turned out to contain a dangerously competent lawman behind a big six-shooter; and finally, someone stole their getaway car. (Blue Mountains, Umatilla County; 1914) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1309c-meadors-gang-train-robbery.h…
 
The little logging-company town, owned by the Shevlin-Hixon Company of Bend, was fully portable. When the timber was all gone from an area, the company simply loaded the houses on railroad flatcars and moved on. (Shevlin, Deschutes and Klamath counties; 1930s-1940s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1308d-shevlin-oregons-wanderin…
 
On November 4, 1885, a 27-year-old man was strolling down an Albany street with a pretty 20-year-old brunette woman. He was wearing a disguise — fake mustache and sideburns, a heavy overcoat. He had introduced himself to the woman as “J. Blankhead.” And somehow, he expected her to be fooled by all this.She was not. She’d recognized him immediately …
 
Few people know a small whaling venture was launched in Astoria in 1961 — seeking whale oil for the space program and whale meat to feed to hungry minks. (Warrenton, Clatsop County; 1961) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1108a2-astoria-whaling-operation-was-helping-with-space-program.html)…
 
UNWRITTEN LAW FILES, Episode 1: Orlando Murray's trial had something for everyone: Sex, revenge, vigilante action, a Fallen Woman, drunkenness, hysteria, the insane asylum, and even lawyers getting in fistfights. Was it any wonder his sister's ex-boyfriend balked at the idea of marrying into the Murray family? (Portland, Multnomah County; 1906) (Fo…
 
Leaving the bloody ax there beside the still-burning fire, the two drove the stolen horses down toward the valley, where they hoped to sell them. Along the way they met several people, who commented on the smoke and wondered if they knew about it. It was finally beginning to dawn on them that, when their victim’s disappearance was remarked, they wo…
 
Lulu Reynolds was having a torrid affair with her music teacher. Her husband was an ex-Cavalry scout who carried a .38 in his jacket pocket. It wasn't the kind of thing that usually ends well. It didn't. (Portland, Multnomah County; 1907) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1308c-reynolds-love-triangle-kissing-the-corpse.html)…
 
Charles Fiester really, really didn’t want to die. Fair enough; most of us don’t. His wife, Nancy, hadn’t wanted to die either; but she’d been trying to leave their 30-year marriage and had taken up with another man, a Mr. Mudd. And, well, one thing had led to another and the next thing anyone knew Fiester was dragging her by the hair to a mud pudd…
 
When the treacherous bar claimed a fully-loaded whaling ship, its owner chalked it up as a very expensive lesson learned, and gave up on its plan to hunt whales out of the Oregon seaport. (Columbia River Bar, Clatsop County; 1848) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1108a1-shipwreck-ends-astorias-bid-to-be-nantucket-of-west-coast.…
 
For a couple decades around the turn of the last century, if a murderer could convince a jury that his victim had been a “home-wrecker,” he could expect to be not only acquitted, but lionized as a brave and noble domestic hero. (Statewide, 1890s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1508d.unwritten-law-353.html)…
 
Stranded four-masted schooner North Bend crossed Peacock Spit and, a little over a year later, launched itself in Baker Bay on the other side in the late 1920s. If you've ever visited the Ripley's Believe it or Not in Newport, you may recognize this story ... (Peacock Spit, Clatsop County (sort of); 1928) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeato…
 
Is it possible that the city of Quivira was, at one time, real? Did it stand there, on the edge of a little bay just north of Cape Blanco, thriving around the time Rome fell? And did something then happen — perhaps the 300-year Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami — to close off the mouth of its bay and crush its walls into heaps of rubb…
 
Legendary governor, a staunch prohibitionist, had to buy a round for the house when he dropped by the town marshal's saloon in the now-ghost town of Harney; a few years later, he pardoned the marshal, who'd been busted for gunfighting. (Harney City, Harney County; 1912) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1107e-drinks-on-prohibiti…
 
When a sailing ship found itself in trouble in the legendary “graveyard of ships,” there was nothing left to do but count the bodies. But every now and then, a vessel would slip out of the icy grip of the bar to sail on. Here are a few such stories. (Columbia River Bar, Clatsop County; 1880s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/150…
 
Every youth orchestra in America can trace its ancestry back to the tiny, dusty town of Burns in Eastern Oregon, and to one gifted, visionary violin teacher named Mary Dodge, founder of the Sagebrush Symphony. (Burns, Harney County; 1912) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1108c-sagebrush-symphony-first-youth-orchestra-in-us.html…
 
Oregon went "dry" in 1914, so by the time the Volstead Act passed in 1919, Beaver State bootleggers were already seasoned professionals. So when the rest of the West Coast needed them, Oregon's "midnight entrepreneurs" were ready to roll. (Eastern Oregon; 1910s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1308a-rumrunners-moonshiners-and-s…
 
The late 1800s were a tough time to be Chinese in Oregon. Welcomed into the state in the railroad-building years when the demand for cheap muscle was limitless, they were, by the early 1880s, starting to face widespread resentment. The language barrier was high enough to make it very hard to assimilate. Towns and cities started passing “sundown law…
 
Jean-Baptiste “Pomp” Charbonneau, the baby born to Sacagawea during the Lewis and Clark expedition, is one of the most important figures in Oregon history — but we know almost nothing of his life. (Near Danner, Malheur County; 1866) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1107d-life-of-sacagaweas-mountain-man-son-charbonneau-tantalizi…
 
Lunching in the woods during World War II, hundreds of miles from the sea, Elyse Mitchell and four kids from church were killed in the blast. But, hoping to deny the Japanese knowledge of their “victory,” the newspapers kept it quiet. (Bly, Klamath County; 1945) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1508b.bly-balloon-bombing.351.html…
 
Ask anyone to name a mythical Oregon creature, and you’ll get a very predictable answer: Bigfoot, a.k.a. Sasquatch. The stories and legends of Bigfoot, the Pacific Northwest’s reigning “hide-and-seek champion,” are vast and growing every year. Just a list of them, from 1945 to present, would be longer than this article. But Bigfoot is neither the o…
 
Many people today don't realize that in the 1950s, pinball had a bad reputation as a gambler's game and was as illegal as one-armed bandits. In Portland, shady underworld characters supplied Oregonians with plenty of both. (Clackamas and Multnomah counties; 1950s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1307d-pinball-wars-elkins-vs-tea…
 
There were plenty of heartburn pills sold in Oregon drugstores when, a few months into the World War II, the Oregon National Guard got called up to go fight in Europe, leaving the state wide open and defenseless.... But in Tillamook, a man named Stewart P. Arnold had an idea for a way to do something about that. (Tillamook County; 1942) (For text a…
 
The captain's desperate haste to get out to sea, combined with a terrible decision to cross the bar on the ebb, resulted in disaster — and the ship's stranded armaments resulted in a name for the town of Cannon Beach. (Columbia River Bar, Clatsop County; 1846) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1508a.shark-shipwreck-part2.html)…
 
As sailors melted away to take advantage of the opportunities in the new Oregon country, their captain sweated bullets; they could not be replaced. But his haste to get back out to sea while he still could set the stage for disaster. (Columbia River, Clatsop County; 1846) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1507d.shark-shipwreck-pa…
 
It was about 4 a.m. on August 12, 1962, and United Air Lines Flight 861, a red-eye flight from Chicago to Portland, had just landed. The 81 passengers were unbuckling their seatbelts and peering out the windows of their big four-engine Douglas DC-8 into the pastoral darkness outside. One or two lights twinkled here and there, and the shadowy hulk o…
 
When the steamboat Gazelle reached the dock, the man in charge of its steam boilers leaped ashore and ran like a man being chased by demons. A few seconds later, the Gazelle exploded, killing 20 people. (Canemah, Clackamas County; 1854) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1307c-boiler-explosions-in-willamette-steamboats.html)…
 
So, was it true? Was young Joseph Drake a cold-blooded killer — ready and willing, with no particularly strong motive, to murder his alleged lover’s ex-husband after filling the ears of three witnesses with the details of his plan and letting one of them witness it directly? And after having done this, did he calmly go home, climb into bed, and car…
 
When the packed community center caught fire, Lucinda Schroder ran back inside and blocked the door open with her body, enabling dozens who otherwise would have been pinned and crushed against the closed door to escape. (Silver Lake, Lake County; 1894) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/o1107b-schroder-hero-of-silver-lake-fire-die…
 
As the Cold War spun up, federal government guarantees sent thousands of Geiger Counter-packing prospectors in Army surplus Jeeps scrambling across Oregon's Outback, hoping to make their fortunes mining “A-metal.” ('Outback' counties of Eastern Oregon; 1950s) (For text and pictures, see http://offbeatoregon.com/1507c.uranium-mining-gold-rush-348.ht…
 
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