Inquiring Minds: Crime in Emily, MN

Q.  There was a famous crime that took place in Emily, Minn., in the old days. Can you tell me something about it?

A. On September 25, 1937 a bad guy from Ironton, MN named John Henry Seadlund and his accomplice, James Atwood Gray, kidnapped a Chicagoan named Charles Sherman Ross and took him to their hideout near Emily, where they demanded a $50,000 ransom. Eventually, Seadlund murdered both Ross and his erstwhile partner in crime, Gray. Justice did eventually prevail, however. Seadlund was caught at a California racetrack, convicted of the crimes, and executed the next year in Illinois.

(Minnesota Book of Days; an Almanac of State History.)

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