Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Lyda May Trueblood: Murderer And Black Widow

Lyda May Trueblood was born 16 Oct 1892 in Keytesville, MO to William Jefferson Trueblood (1864-1928) and Elizabeth Laura Drinkard (1869-1940). William was a farmer and he and Elizabeth had six children.

1) Olivier Franklin Trueblood 1887-1949
2) Blanche May Trueblood 1889-1962
3) Lyda May Trueblood 1892-1958
4) Ray Edward Trueblood 1896-
5) Beulah Edith Trueblood 1900-1993
6) William Trueblood 1901-

Inmate #3052 Idaho State Prison


#1 Robert C Dooley (1887-1915) married 17 Mar 1912 Twin Falls, ID
#2 William Gordon McHaffle (1889-1918) Married 20 Dec 1916 Twin Falls, ID
#3 Harlon Charles Lewis (1885-1919) Married in 1919
#4 Edward Meyer married 10 Aug 1920 in Bunnock, ID
#5 Paul Vincent Southard (1894-1952) Married 28 Nov 1920 Los Angeles, CA
#6 Benjamin Harrison Whitlock (1888-1965) Married March 1932
#7 Hal Shaw (1892-) Married 1950

Her Victims:

Husband Insurance Money
Robert Dooley $4,600
William McHaffle $500
Harlan Lewis $3,000
Ed Myer $10,000
Paul V. Southard $10,000

She collected over $7,000

Other victims:
Brother-in-law Edward Dooley
Daughter Lorraine Marie Dooley 1913-1915

Photo of her cutie little daughter below

Here's some newspaper articles and photos

She escaped from prison:

Lyda was sentenced to 10 years to life in the state penitentiary in Boise. She occupied one of the few cells in the women's quarters of the old pen until her escape a decade later. Lyda managed to charm prison trustee David Minton, a machinist imprisoned for theft, 4 May 1931.

On the run Lyda Trueblood  become Mrs. Harry Whitlock in Denver, and continued to elude police until she was captured in July 1932. She was returned to her cell in the old pen and remained there until she was paroled in October 1941.

Except for a picnic the warden let her go on and he was dismissed promptly.

When she was paroled from prison she went to live with her sister.

Lyda died 5 Feb 1958 in Salt Lake City, UT

Her grandfather Benjamin Franklin Trueblood was a Quaker and he  he was also a Civil War Veteran He died in 1905.

Benjamin Franklin Trueblood

Benjamin's father was William Jefferson Trueblood also a Quaker.

William Jefferson Trueblood

I made her a tree, as I do all of whom I blog. I was impressed with her family tree lots of notable hard working people. I guess she was just money hungry sadly. People paid dearly for it including a chid that was innocent and sweet.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Samuel Frederick Shove: Abduction & Grand Larceny

Samuel Frederick Shove was born 14 Oct 1881 in Hartford, CT to Samuel Frederick Shove & Alice E Gage (1888-1930).

He owned a stationary store.

He married first Hope E Aylsworth (1888-1980) 19 Sep 1906 in Rhode Island, they had a son named Curtis A Shove 1910-1990.

Second wife Myrtle Robertson (1895-1977) 18 Feb 1914 in Vancouver, WA.

They didn't have any children or didn't stay together too long.

#3 wife Grace Alice Shanafelt (1888-1949) married Apr 1918
they had the following children:
Robert Shove 1920-
Grace Alice Shove 1920-1992

Samuel Shove was convicted of Grand Larceny in 1916

 He was arrested 22 May 1916

Here's his jail mugshot from Clark County, WA

He received 6mo to 15 years in Walla Walla State Prison.
I found no additional information for Esther.

Samuel died 10 Nov 1953 in Rapides, LA

He sure had a colorful life with many wives and living in a range of places.

Monday, October 29, 2018

William H True: Escaped From McNeil Island Prison 1920

William H True said he was born 14 Jan 1890 in Florida.

He was arrested in Seattle, WA and detained in the Clark County Jail for counterfeiting. 

He was Received at McNeil Island as inmate #3460
on 6 Dec 1919. His McNeil Mugshot below.

 He escaped with another prisoner taking a rowboat on 28 Jun 1920. I found nothing saying he was captured and the only record I found was the 1920 census where he was an inmate in McNeil.

Newspaper clipping about his escape.

I found nothing else on him. Very interesting he may have changed his name, lots of criminals did this. I bet he got away.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Samuel O Bruner: Grand Larceny of Sheep

Samuel O Bruner was born in 1869 in Oregon, parents unknown. He was a sheep herder and stole 1500 sheep.

Inmate #723 Idaho State Prison
Crime: Grand Larceny
Rec: 7 Nov 1899
Departed: 30 Dec 1901
He escaped, and on a horse named Old Salem, the same horse Henry Meeks an outlaw who was pals with the Sundance Kid, a week before.

This letter was in his prison file dated 1903

I found a few newspaper articles

I do not think they got him, if the sheriff in Illinois did get him he must of escaped again. I didn't find anymore articles.

I do not know when and he he died, there were very few records so my thought is after his escape he changed his name. 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Borsia M Rakocevich: Murdered Fred Sellers while playing cards

Borsia M Rakocevich he was born Dec 1871 in Kolashin, Montenegro. He had two brothers that came to America with him or at a different time. Miliia & Peruta.

In 1911 Borsia entered a saloon in Alaska and sat and played cards with a fella named Fred Sellers, a 21 year old from Iowa, they both were strapping guns. Brosia claims it was self defense. 

Brosia was Inmate #2132 McNeil Island 
Crime: Murder
Rec: 15 Feb 1912
Term: 25 years
He was transferred to Leavenworth as inmate #8152

I found these Leavenworth records:

This was from his brother 

This is his home land

I couldn't imagine why they left this beautiful place to come to America.

Some newspaper clippings

This last article has details about Fred Sellers and his grieving mother.

There were very few records found on Borsia and I do not know where he died. His term would of expired in 1938, but he was released 17  March 1922 and was paroled to Minneapolis, MN.

Really sad situation he got himself into, he was married but I never found her name and never found any children.

He most likely died in Minnesota.

Update: I found a few more Documents from his Leavenworth file, including a letter from his brother-in-law.

He was paroled 17 March 1922