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Murder In The Wilderness: The Death Of Three Fur Trappers Goes Unsolved For Nearly A Century

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Source: GARY HALVORSON/Oregon State ARCHIVES

Aug. 23 2021, Published 4:21 p.m. ET

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Three men braved the winter of 1923-24 in a remote Oregon cabin, hoping to score valuable mink and fox. But they were not as alone as they thought they were and met a violent end, the victims in a brutal tale of greed and revenge.

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Police worked on the case of the Lava Lake murders for years, and zeroed in on a likely suspect, but no one was ever convicted for the horrific crime.

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