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- BLOOD-UJST FIEND CAUGHT SLEEPING AFTEIi
200 MEN HAD SCOURED 3 COUNTIES FOR HIM
ML Vernon, Wash., April 17. "I
feel kind of dry. Guess I'll go out to
night and cut somebody's tlaroat and
drink some warm blood."
Chas. Hopkins' lust for blood had
againseized him. And the second
Harry Tracey, as he is called, went
out to satisfy his inhuman craving.
After 200 deputies and private
citizens had scoured three counties
determined to capture this desperate
fugitive who is held responsible for
three murders, the wounding of two
victims, who are at the point of
death, and two others seriously hurt,
he was caught by Deputy Sheriff J.
E. Glover, as he lay asleep in the
storeroom of a farm house near Con
Hopkins had made his blood-craving
announcement to Paul Putnam,
21, a youth whom he met in Brews
ter, Wash., and whom he virtually
held a prisoner for several days by
his - murderous threats. The two
came to Everett together.
"I don't mind telling you." Hop
kins infonned him, "that 111 prob
ably croak you when. I get through
"traveling with you. I'm wanted for
murder right now in Seattle."
They walked along the streets of
Everett. Putnam tried to elude him
as they entered a. theater, but Hop
kins thrust him ahead at the door,
and sat beside him, nqxt to the
"And now for some excitement."
.Hopkins said when they came out.
A police officer stopped them.
There were some questions asked
and the answers were not satisfac
tory. The officer led the pair to a
patrol box. And, as they waited,
Hopkins grabbed the officers' gun
and began to shoot. fc
Today Donald ShallCross, 23, is
dead and Patrolman Lee Williamson
and Cyrus E. Robinson, a liveryman,
are seriously injured.
Putnam took advantage of theen-
counter to make his escape. Later
he surrendered himself to the policy
and told what he knew of Hopkins.
Hopkins, however, escaped intq
the woods. He hunted for victims.
On a lonely road two miles north of,
McMurray he found them.
Three men, unarmed, penniless
loggers, were walking the railroad
Hopkins commanded them to
hold up their hands. They did. He
ordered them to raise their hands
higher. They did. He searched
them, took a razor away from John
Freeman, and then clubbed him into
insensibility with the butt of his re
volver. The next instant he shot Antone
Gerb and killed him.
Then a secqnd shot struck Free
man in the neck and he lay pros
trate. What became of the third member
of the party, whjose name is un
known, has not been learned. It is
feared he, too, was killed.
u'leeman, regaining his senses
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