A Thoroughly Desperate Criminal

While going through the correspondence of the Salt Lake County Board of Commissioners, we came across the letter below. It was a request from the County Sheriff to the Board asking them to approve a reward for the arrest and conviction of the men who murdered William Sandercock, the manager of Sampson Meat & Grocery Company, on the morning of November 21st, 1911 between the hours of midnight and 7:30 am. We were curious about how the story played out and did a quick search of Utah Digital Newspapers, finding a very complicated story spanning more than a decade and several states. Over the next several weeks we will share that complicated story with you. Spoiler alert: the story features not only murder and a multi-state manhunt, but also includes a prison break, a man who played deaf and mute, New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, bigamy, a hardened criminal crying over his mother’s letter, and prison brain surgery. Come back Tuesday for the beginning of the story.

Salt Lake County Clerk, Commission Correspondence, 1911, Series CL-338 Salt Lake County Archives

Salt Lake County Clerk, Commission Correspondence, 1911, Series CL-338 Salt Lake County Archives

Salt Lake County Clerk, Commission Correspondence, 1911, Series CL-338 Salt Lake County Archives

Salt Lake County Clerk, Commission Correspondence, 1911, Series CL-338 Salt Lake County Archives

Entry contributed by Dr. Michaele Smith, Archivist, Salt Lake County Archives.

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