40 minutes | Sep 4, 2020

17 | Alice Matthews: Too Young To Die

We travel back to Minnesota in 1912 to discover the tragic case of a young woman slain just yards from home: so close to safety, yet so far from salvation. She was popular and hardworking, with a loving, happy family, and no enemies. So how was it possible that a man confessed multiple times to killing 21-year-old Alice Matthews, but nobody was ever taken to trial? Thanks for listening! Here’s how you can get in touch with comments and suggestions:Twitter: @PrashsMurderMap Email: prashsmurdermap@gmail.comCredits: Research, writing, narration and audio editing by PrashVoice acting by Kathy Wheat, Steven and Emi Clark.No part of this episode may be reproduced or copied in any form without the written permission of Prash’s Murder Map.Sources:Alice E Matthews, Find a Grave.com https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/159907360/alice-e_-matthewsCaledonia Argus, “Horrible Murder”, 29th March 2012, Vol 33. No. 18, https://newspapers.mnhs.org/jsp/viewer.jsp?doc_id=mnhi0031/1I7PLV5B/12032901&page_name=3Henderson, John, “Demographics of the Titanic Passengers”, 2017, http://www.icyousee.org/titanic.htmlMinneapolis Morning Tribune, “Developments in the Matthews Murder Case”, Tuesday March 26th 1912, Vol XLV, No. 198, https://newspapers.mnhs.org/jsp/viewer.jsp?doc_id=mnhi0005/1DFC5G5B/12032601&page_name=2Minneapolis Morning Tribune, “Driskell Arrested, Charged With Alice Matthews Murder”, Friday October 22nd, 1915, Forty-Eighth Year No. 309, https://newspapers.mnhs.org/jsp/viewer.jsp?collection_filter=All&doc_id=addabf07-f848-43e3-a488-2782562f220d%2Fmnhi0005%2F1DFC5G5B%2F15102201&vwrSrch=matthews&objRsltIdx=-1&fitMode=1&scale=0.34&rotation=0&x=0&y=0&highlightColor=yellow&showThumbs=trueMinneapolis Morning Tribune, “Driskell Enacts Matthews Crime; main facts tally”, Saturday October 23rd 1915, Forty-Eighth Year No. 310, https://newspapers.mnhs.org/jsp/viewer.jsp?doc_id=mnhi0005/1DFC5G5B/15102301&page_name=1Minneapolis Morning Tribune, “Driskell Unbalanced, says Sheriff Langum”, Saturday June 5th 1915, Vol XLVIII, No. 170 https://newspapers.mnhs.org/jsp/viewer.jsp?doc_id=mnhi0005/1DFC5G5B/15060501&page_name=21Minneapolis Morning Tribune, “Girl Is Beaten to Death With Stone,” Thursday October 14th 1920, Fifty-Fourth Year No. 143, https://newspapers.mnhs.org/jsp/viewer.jsp?doc_id=mnhi0005/1DFC5G5C/20101401&page_name=1Minneapolis Morning Tribune, “Girl Loses Life in Brave Battle to Save Honor”, Monday March 25th 1912, Vol XLV, No. 197, https://www.mnhs.org/newspapers/lccn/sn83016772/1912-03-25/ed-1/seq-1Minneapolis Morning Tribune, “Latest Developments,” Thursday March 28th 1912, Vol XLV, No. 200, https://newspapers.mnhs.org/jsp/viewer.jsp?doc_id=mnhi0005/1DFC5G5B/12032801&page_name=1Minneapolis Morning Tribune, “Ogre Sought by Detectives as Girl’s Slayer”, Saturday April 6th 1912, https://newspapers.mnhs.org/jsp/viewer.jsp?doc_id=mnhi0005/1DFC5G5B/12040601&page_name=1, Vol XLV, No. 209Minneapolis Morning Tribune, “Police do not believe Driskell confession”, Wednesday 15th October 1913, Vol XLVI, No. 300 https://newspapers.mnhs.org/jsp/viewer.jsp?doc_id=mnhi0005/1DFC5G5B/13101501&page_name=10Minneapolis Morning Tribune, “Throng of Curiosity Seekers at Scene of Matthews’ homicide; Persons connected with incidents following the tragedy”, Wednesday March 27th 1912, Vol XLV, No. 199, https://newspapers.mnhs.org/jsp/viewer.jsp?doc_id=mnhi0005/1DFC5G5B/12032701&page_name=5Minneapolis Morning Tribune, “Police Report Flaw in Lindgren’s Alibi for Night of Bowers’ Murder”, Saturday February 11th 1922, Fifty-Fifth Year, No. 263, https://newspapers.mnhs.org/jsp/viewer.jsp?collection_filter=All&doc_id=addabf07-f848-43e3-a488-2782562f220d%2Fmnhi0005%2F1DFC5G5C%2F22021101&vwrSrch=matthews&objRsltIdx=-1&fitMode=1&scale=0.36&rotation=0&x=0&y=0&highlightColor=yellow&showThumbs=truePJE Family Research, September 2018, “On This Date in Minnesota History”, https://pjefamilyresearch.blogspot.com/2018_09_09_archive.htmlRivenes, Erik, December 14, 2019, “The 1912 Minneapolis Murder of Alice Matthews,” Minnesota’s Most Notorious: Where Blood Runs Cold podcast, https://podbay.fm/podcast/1434979856/e/1576321272The Cook County News-Herald, “Driskell Declared Insane”, November 25th 1915, Vol XXIV, https://newspapers.mnhs.org/jsp/viewer.jsp?collection_filter=All&doc_id=81d335cc-f3f6-48c6-934e-2067e7f912c7%2Fmnhi0031%2F1DFBZ45B%2F15112501&vwrSrch=matthews&objRsltIdx=-1&fitMode=1&scale=0.23&rotation=0&x=0&y=0&highlightColor=yellow&showThumbs=trueThe Duluth Herald, “Murdered Girl’s Funeral is Held”, 28th March 1912, Vol XXIX No. 303,https://newspapers.mnhs.org/jsp/viewer.jsp?collection_filter=All&doc_id=5f9ef777-8d4b-42cd-af9e-74b8717cd759%2Fmnhi0007%2F1DFBWQ5B%2F12032801&vwrSrch=savage&CurSearchNum=5&objRsltIdx=25&fitMode=0&scale=0.31&rotation=0&x=0&y=0&highlightColor=yellow&showThumbs=trueThe Minneapolis Star, “Attacked Near Home, October 3rd 1927, Page 2, https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16069440/the-minneapolis-star/The Minneapolis Star, “Oscar Lindgren Appeal Before Parole Board”, September 16 1931, page 22https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16013118/the-minneapolis-star/Weir, Sue Hunter, “Alice’s murder exploited by vagaries of politicos and publishers”, The Alley Newspaper, http://alleynews.org/2010/06/alice%E2%80%99s-murder-exploited-by-vagaries-of-politicos-and-publishers/
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