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    ND - Niagara, Six nude bodies buried in crawlspace, c. 1906

    http://www.inforum.com/news/3959507-...murder-mystery

    Before being committed to an insane asylum in 1906, a serial killer named Eugene Butler buried six bodies in a crawlspace under his house in Niagara, ND. They were found after his death. They were never identified and it is believed townspeople took some of the bones as souvenirs. If any of these bones are still around, they could potentially be used for DNA.

    The file for the case has been lost, or possibly one was never created.

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    Last edited by creepedout; 03-01-2016 at 12:46 PM. Reason: add map link

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    On a side note, the oldest ND case in Namus is from 1925, so there is no use searching there.

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    Yes, this is one of those cases like Belle Gunness and Bela Kiss where we know who the serial killer was but they were never even arrested. All the victims were male according to the Encyclopedia of Serial Killers by Michael Newton.
    This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.


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    image.jpgI was thinking that maybe the victims were all hired farm hands or something. I did look up the 1900 census info for Eugene Butler in Niagra, ND. (I screenshot and cropped it) as I was thinking that maybe a housekeeper, laborer, boarder might be listed. But no luck except it appears that the census taker messed up house numbers and it caught my attention that a man lived next door to (or with?) Eugene. Along with the man's sister and her three children. But then I thought no way it could be them because some reports say the bodies were all males.

    Sooooo, then I found this article (at link) from June 28, 1915 stating "Five murders at one time, a man, a woman and three children were slain. At some later date a man was killed......." Link:

    http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lc...ed-1/seq-1.pdf

    I tried to do a quick search to find the man, his sister and/or her kids in a later census but didn't find them. I will do more thorough searches later when I get more time. I wish we knew the genders/age ranges for sure. I did read males 15-18 and a few other guesses here and there.
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    https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9VN-23Q
    1900 Census shows 5 people besides Eugene Butler living at residence

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    OK, really odd. The newspaper article even states that he always lived by himself. Apparently not.

    Incredible finds...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 52bruno View Post
    https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9VN-23Q
    1900 Census shows 5 people besides Eugene Butler living at residence
    This lists a man, a woman and three children living with him. What a find!

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    http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lc...ed-1/seq-1.pdf
    The newspaper states the bodies found were a man and woman and 3 children, this is what the 1900 census shows as well. I would say there is pretty good evidence the five people listed on the 1900 census are 5 of the 6 bodies recovered.

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    Did you guys just solve the case?

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    I am not sure who to report these findings to, so if anyone knows how and to whom to forward these findings, please do so. Thank You


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    Quote Originally Posted by 52bruno View Post
    I am not sure who to report these findings to, so if anyone knows how and to whom to forward these findings, please do so. Thank You
    http://gfcounty.nd.gov/sheriffs-department

    701 - 780 - 8280

    -3607- Sgt Dan Hillebrand / Investigations

    or

    sheriffs.office@gfcounty.org

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    If you decide to use email, could you share your correspondence?

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    On a side note, I found a record on Find a Grave:

    http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi...168356&df=all&

    The dates from the Ward County article written there are a little different, but at this point I don't think it really matters.

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    Thank you creepedout, I have sent the info via email to Sgt Dan Hillebrand / Investigations, as soon as I hear anything back I will post it here.

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    Thank you Lotsalatte for getting everything started, I had also found the info you had found and have forwarded it to Sgt Dan Hillebrand / Investigations for his review. You deserve the credit if this helps to solve the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 52bruno View Post
    Thank you Lotsalatte for getting everything started, I had also found the info you had found and have forwarded it to Sgt Dan Hillebrand / Investigations for his review. You deserve the credit if this helps to solve the case.
    Thank you 52bruno for forwarding the info to Sgt. Hillebrand
    I have read hundreds and hundreds of census records over the years and noticed mistakes, etc. are pretty common. So, not sure if they actually shared a home, lived in a home on the same farm, or were just neighbors. I kind of shrugged it off until I saw that old article from 1915 stating the "family murder". It will be interesting to see if it goes anywhere. If so, high five to us!! If not, well we tried. Lol
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