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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Murder at the Museum

  • One of Devils Lake's most notorious murders was reeancted Monday night at the Old Post Office Museum.


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  • One of Devils Lake's most notorious murders was reeancted Monday night at the Old Post Office Museum. In the winter of 1923-24  at a local restaurant four men hatched a plan to rob the Post Office as they had noticed some faulty locks in the building.  George "Goldie" Nolan was the group's leader, which also included Fred Mitchell, Charles Green and Adolph Shutte. The group was looking for a way to make some easy money, however, their only concern was that Officer Sneesby's regular patrol route included the post office. The group thought if they timed the robbery correctly, they could avoid being caught.
    That spring the group met one night in the dark just a few doors down from the post office. Nolan entered the post office first, with the other man standing guard outside. They spotted Sneesby and quickly alerted Nolan who was hiding inside the building with his gun drawn. He reacted quickly and killed Sneesby in a single shot. The group ran and later regathered and chastised Nolan for shooting Sneesby. The group made plans to flee the state, splitting up in different directions.
    The second part of the story will be reeanacted tonight starting at 7 p.m. at the Old Post Office.
    The reenactment is part of Mondays at the Museum. For more information, visit http://www.lakeregionheritagecenter.org/events.html
     

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