Category Archives: Interesting record discoveries

Ben and Stella Mae, Part Two

Since Ben and Stella had a head start they were able to get away, but the authorities had more to go on after the second robbery than the first. This time they also got a bigger take – over $47,000. … Continue reading

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Wanted: Bennie and Stella Mae

As we mentioned in an earlier post, we came across a folder of FBI wanted posters in the correspondence of the County Attorney and were especially interested in the posters featuring wanted couples. We wrote about the Birds; now we turn … Continue reading

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Wanted

While processing the Salt Lake County Attorney’s correspondence, 1933-1982, we came across a file folder full of FBI wanted posters. The County Attorney was on the FBI’s mailing list and received and saved wanted posters during the 1930s. While all … Continue reading

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A Thoroughly Desperate Criminal: The Conclusion

McVey routinely applied for mitigation of his sentence, and was routinely denied. In August 1918, while one such application was under consideration, McVey escaped from prison. McVey and another prisoner, Abdula Ali, walked away from work outside the prison walls. … Continue reading

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A Thoroughly Desperate Criminal: Installment Five

While McVey was in prison within a year of murdering Sandercock, it was several more years before the law finally caught up with Burns, and with very different results. Authorities in Colorado arrested Burns while he was trying to break … Continue reading

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A Thoroughly Desperate Criminal: Installment Four

While police were on a manhunt for McVey and Burns, Utah newspapers published more information about the murder victim, William Sandercock. According to the Evening Standard, Sandercock’s life “reads like fiction.” Initial reports claimed that he was a few months … Continue reading

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A Thoroughly Desperate Criminal: Installment Three

McVey and Burns had become friends in the Nevada State Prison. Burns, “a highway man by reputation,” was released in April of 1911. According to the Salt Lake Telegram, he recognized McVey as “being a man of iron nerve and … Continue reading

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