The Murdered Family - Mystery of the Wolf Family Murders

The Murdered Family Mystery of the Wolf Family Murders Based on a true story about the mass murder of a farm family The Murdered Family raises questions about the guilt of the man convicted of the crime A wave of fear sweeps across the barren prairies of

  • Title: The Murdered Family - Mystery of the Wolf Family Murders
  • Author: Vernon Keel
  • ISBN: 9780984284306
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • Based on a true story about the mass murder of a farm family, The Murdered Family raises questions about the guilt of the man convicted of the crime A wave of fear sweeps across the barren prairies of central North Dakota in April of 1920 with the tragic news that seven members of a farm family and their hired boy have been brutally murdered at their home just north of TuBased on a true story about the mass murder of a farm family, The Murdered Family raises questions about the guilt of the man convicted of the crime A wave of fear sweeps across the barren prairies of central North Dakota in April of 1920 with the tragic news that seven members of a farm family and their hired boy have been brutally murdered at their home just north of Turtle Lake in McLean County A massive search for the killers begins immediately in the midst of an intense statewide election campaign Three weeks later, eager investigators encouraged by nervous politicians get a signed confession from one of the prime suspects in the case He is sentenced that same day to life in the state penitentiary in what the New York Times referred to then as the most rapid administration of justice in the country From the beginning, the man denies his guilt and says his confession was obtained under duress, intimidation and fear In November, his lawyers file a motion in district court asking that his plea of guilty be withdrawn and for a trial upon the merits Their motion is strengthened when some new evidence is discovered on the Wolf family farm only days before the motion is filed Some ninety years later, people in the area still recall the words the convicted man was supposed to have said My eyes have seen but my hands are clean

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    1. Several people have told me how good this book is, but I don't feel that way. I thought the dialogue was stilted and the rest to be tedious to read. It's interesting, especially if you are from the local area. Unlike some others, I , however, don't think he did it.

    2. This is based on a true story that happened in my hometown of Turtle Lake, North Dakota in 1910. The Wolf family gravesite at our local cemetary was a popular destination for bike rides and picnics where we could scare each other with ghost stories from this real-life horror movie plot. A family of 7 and their hired boy were slaughtered in mid-day on their farm in 1910 and to this day many people still believe the wrong man took the fall. It was fun for me to read, having grown up there knowing [...]

    3. This story is a truthful accounting, a part of the history of North Dakota; the names of all the people involved at the time are accurate and have not been changed. This may be interesting simply because some historians may not like to see a North Dakota governor, judge, or sheriff credited with contributing to such a grave injustice. This murder took place in central North Dakota in April of 1920. The farmer is physically and mentally distressed by systematic inquiry that is morally wrong and u [...]

    4. This book provides great insight into one of the worst mass murders in North Dakota history. Although things tended to be repeated multiple times and there were quite a few grammatical errors, I really enjoyed this book. If you enjoy North Dakota history or true crime novels, this is the book for you.

    5. Read this book because it happened in North Dakota & I am a ND girl. I usually love true crime books so I figured this would be awesome. Not so much. The story is of course interesting but you can only rehash through the details so many times before its like holy shit yeah I get it. Author = Reporter. Painfully so.

    6. Read for book club. Will have a guest speaker at our book club who is a descendant of the only family member who was not murdered. I would not have waded through the book otherwise.

    7. Great insight into the murders of the Wolf family. The use of records and facts mixed with logical thoughts as to what was said between key parties during the investigation was incredibly helpful to gain an understanding of how murder investigations were handled in the early 1900s and in rural areas. I look forward to visiting the grave site to pay respects. As far as the writing, it was slow in some areas and took some time to read but overall, incredibly informative. Sad that we still have so [...]

    8. This is a fascinating story especially because I am a North Dakota girl but the writing is very stilted and almost reads like the about town column (if you are from a small town you will know what I am talking about).This was such a horrible murder 8 people children included only one small baby survived and she was left in her crib alone for at least a day. You have to remember that this was the 1920’s so the way this case was handled and publicized was very different than it would have been h [...]

    9. In about 1900 Jacob Wolf and Lydia Brokofsky immigrated from Russia to North Dakota. They met there and married in 1905 and started a family. Jacob was a farmer and they lived north of Turtle Lake in western North Dakota where he had a well established farm. In 1920 they had six children and a hired boy living on the farm. It was then that the entire family and the hired boy was murdered in a bloody slaughter one Thursday afternoon. It was an horrendous site and a neighboring farmer was arrested [...]

    10. I really enjoyed this book because I grew up in North Dakota and had heard the horrible stories of the Wolf Family, "The Murdered Family." In April of 1920 the entire family of 7 plus their hired boy were brutally murdered at their family farm. A few weeks after the terrible murders, a neighbor, Henry Layer, confessed and was sentenced to life in prison the very same day. Immediately after confessing, Layer denied his guilt, but was sadly never granted a trial. It seems as if there was a lot of [...]

    11. What a twist. It is pretty rare that a book surprises me, but it is a true story after all. Real life often surprises me. The story takes place not far from where I have just moved, so I read it in hopes of gaining some insight into the areas history. I realize I have a different perspective on the value of reading this book than others outside of North Dakota. I am not sure it would have been so entertaining otherwise. As it is, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am so glad to have read it and [...]

    12. Had to read this for my book club for this month's discussion, and I would never recommend it. The title is unimaginative (yes, I know it's the epitaph), the cover is morbid, and the story is not written well, in my opinion, and goes no where fast, just repeats and rewinds. Glad I only borrowed it from the library. I wasted too much time reading this when I could have been reading something enjoyable. Blaaaach!

    13. It reads like what it is: journalist finds evidence suggesting man sent to prison for mass murder years ago was perhaps not the murderer after all and writes novel. Emphasis on journalist rather than novelist. Lots of repetitive phrases, lots of detail -- most of which seem to no end. There is a story here, but no novel.

    14. Lo mejor de la novela es el título, que es también el epitafio de la tumba (en alemán). La compré por una imagen del entierro que vi en internet. Me gusta el "hired boy", Jacob. También algunas insinuaciones sobre los no asesinos. El nombre del pueblo (Turtle Lake). El prólogo y el primer capítulo. El epílogo. El resto no. Me he acordado de Truman Capote mientras pensaba qué decir Tarde.

    15. Sad story! Enjoyed the writing but not the content. A man lost his wife and family after being accused of murder. This was a book of no winners except perhaps those who profited from finding a man quilty of a unbelievable crime.

    16. This poorly written and poorly edited book tells the story of tragic murders in North Dakota. What I enjoyed most was the information on government officials of the time--specifically Bill Langer and Lynn Frazier. I am now interested in reading more about them in ND history books.

    17. While this book is based on a fascinating, real life event, the writing is repetitive and lackluster. I was frustrated by the ending, which was the author's own imaginary spinning of what might have happened.

    18. Interesting because its a local story, and because it is still a mystery. I liked how t brought North Dakotas political conflicts (at the time) into it. I recommend it, especially if your a North Dakota native.

    19. This book could have used a good editor. Even with that issue the story is true and very interesting. It makes you wish a tv program would pick up the story and solve the case.

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