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OR January 1924: THE LAVA LAKE MURDERS - Deschutes County, Oregon

Discussion in 'Historical Cold Cases - Pre 1950' started by Blue G 3, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. Blue G 3

    Blue G 3 Well-Known Member

    The Lava Lake murders refers to a triple-murder that occurred near Little Lava Lake in Central Oregon in January 1924. The victims were Edward Nickols (aged 50), Roy Wilson (aged 35), and Dewey Morris (aged 25), all of whom were working as fur trappers in the Deschutes National Forest in late 1923–1924. Their bodies were discovered in Big Lava Lake in April 1924, where they had been deposited under the surface ice. Each of the men had been murdered via gunshot and blunt force trauma. Though police identified a potential suspect, Charles Kimzey, a conviction never reached fruition.

    The crime is one of the oldest unsolved murder cases in Oregon history, and was the subject of a 2013 investigative book titled The Trapper Murders by Melany Tupper.

  2. Blue G 3

    Blue G 3 Well-Known Member

  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Interesting. I never heard of this case before. I've never even heard of Lava Lake before so I looked it up on the map and I see that I've been all around it, but never driven right by it. It's pretty secluded, even today.
  4. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    I haven't either.
  5. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    I just looked it up. It's beautiful! And it's seclusion I'm sure is why it looks so pristine.
  6. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    This is horrific. One theory, Maybe a thief came upon them and wanted their "Trappings". Probably not likely. As this person would be a stranger, And the Perpetrator went to great lengths in disposing of their bodies

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