Inquiring minds: Famous crime in Emily, Minn., in the old days. Can you tell me something about it?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q.    There was a famous crime that took place in Emily, Minn., in the old days. Can you tell me something about it?

A.     On September 25, 1937 a bad guy from Ironton, MN named John Henry Seadlund and his accomplice, James Atwood Gray, kidnapped a Chicagoan named Charles Sherman Ross and took him to their hideout near Emily, where they demanded a $50,000 ransom.  Eventually, Seadlund murdered both Ross and his erstwhile partner in crime, Gray. Justice did eventually prevail, however. Seadlund was caught at a California racetrack, convicted of the crimes, and executed the next year in Illinois.
(Minnesota Book of Days; an Almanac of State History.)

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