Dakota Datebook: Making a clean breast


December 25, 2023

In December 29, 1932, Emil Johnson was traveling toward Minot in a refrigerator car when three men entered, robbed him and kicked him off the train.

Johnson contacted Minot authorities, and when the train arrived, so did the police.

On this day, it was reported Johnson was brought in to identify Walter Hatch, one of the three men, but he said he couldn't.

"What d'ya mean?" Hatch said. "I'm one...

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