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Dakota Datebook: Midway murders in N.D.


May 1, 2023

One of the most horrific mass murders in North Dakota's history occurred in April of 1920, at the farmstead of Jacob Wolf near Turtle Lake. Wolf, his wife, five children, and a 13-year-old farmhand were brutally murdered with a hatchet and shotgun. Five of the victims were found in the cellar of the farmhouse by a neighbor, and three were found in the nearby barn and hayshed.

One lone survivor,...

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