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Re: August Zeigler, murdered in 1888
Posted by: Shirley Love (ID *****1851) Date: July 29, 2009 at 14:17:49
In Reply to: August Zeigler, murdered in 1888 by Rikkelle Klein of 609

Rikkelle, I know very little about the murder except what I found in newspaper accounts. I do have a photo of Frank Randall and another clipping. If you want to send me your e-mail address, I will forward that to you also.
Shirley        


I found a couple of articles while I was browsing at Godfrey Library in the old Minnesota newspapers. It is not much, but at least we know who Frank killed.

ST. PAUL DAILY NEWS (St.Paul Minnesota) Wed. March 6, 1889 Issue 56 Col. D

WILL GET LIFE SENTENCE

Little Falls, Minn, March 6

Frank Randall, aged 17 charged with the killing of August Ziegler at Fort Ripley on Oct. 2, 1888 yesterday pleaded not guilty of murder in the first degree, and on request, owing to his youthful age, was allowed to plead guilty to murder in the second degree. He will get a life sentence.

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ST. PAUL DAILY NEWS (St. Paul, Minnesota) Friday, March 8, 1889

FRANK RANDALL SENTENCED

Little Falls, Minn. March 8

Late yesterday afternoon, Judge Searle sentenced Frank Randall, the murderer of August Seigler (note difference in spelling) to imprisonment for life at Stillwater. The youthful murderer does not seem to appreciate the severity of his sentence. He is simply glad he won't have to swing.


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