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North Dakota: Turtle Lake Murders
North Dakota: Turtle Lake Murders
Killed: 8

In an antique case of murder that continues to haunt the small town of Turtle Lake, six members of the Wolf family and two others were killed by gunfire and a hatchet by one Henry Layer. On April 23, 1920, Layer, the owner of an adjacent farm, got into a dispute with Mr. Wolf over Wolf's dog, who Layer claimed had injured his cattle. The struggle soon turned into shooting, and all but one member of the Wolf family lost their lives. The only survivor was the family's youngest child, 8-month-old Emma. A 13-year-old farmhand and a relative were also killed. Layer first attempted to cover up the crime by hiding the bodies, but confessed later and was sentenced to life in prison.
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