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Washington Archives Month looks at local and statewide crime

October 3, 2012

Washingtonians can celebrate their rich, albeit it infamous, heritage at events throughout the state during October’s Washington Archives Month with the theme, “Law & Order in the Archives: Crooks, Cops and Courts.”

This sixth annual celebration of Archives Month is coordinated by a committee of representatives throughout the state. Co-sponsors are the Washington State Archives, National Archives at Seattle and the Washington State Historical Records Advisory Board.

Billy Gohl, John Tornow, D.B Cooper, and KXRO founder(and bootlegger) Roy Olmsted. Names of just a few of the killers, bootleggers and lawbreakers that have left their mark on Washington.

On the other side of the law, there are the municipal police, county sheriff’s deputies, state patrol and judges that have kept citizens of this state safe from these outlaws.

“Here in Washington, there are interesting stories about criminals – some notorious – and the admirable efforts of our law enforcement and courts to bring them to justice,” said Secretary of State Sam Reed. “I encourage people to go to one of the Archives events this month and learn how to explore a part of Washington history or even their own family roots”

For more on the archives, visit the Secretary of State’s website at http://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/month/

Billy Gohl

John Tornow

Roy Olmstead

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