another example of how horrible crimes are not a recent occurrence...
this day, in 1922, Clementine Chapman opens what she believed to be a late Christmas
present. It was, in fact, a parcel bomb. She was killed, and her husband, James,
for the police, they were able to piece together the note in the parcel.
immediately realised they were looking for a Swedish person due to the fact that
whoever sent the parcel had misspelled the 'Marshfield' address as 'Marsfilld'.
It was thought that a Swede would spell things phonetically in this way.
were proved right. They were also able to determine where the parcel had been
posted from, it was from the home of a Thorval Moen.
Mr Moen had an alibi.
search went on for another Swedish immigrant. Attention soon focused on a John
Magnuson, who had a well known feud with James Chapman.
searched Magnuson's home and found materials that were also in the bomb, and an
ink bottle that matched the ink on the parcel.
was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.