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Memo from Caleb.S. Haines to North Dakota (ND) Attorney General William Langer Regarding the Carl Maier Case.
In it, Haines reports his findings from his interview with Anna Bortvet in Estherville, Iowa on September 16, 1919. He writes that Bortvet, a nurse, had previously cared for Maier two years prior to his death, when he was suffering from rheumatism, and that since then she had gone riding with him several times and that they had "kept company."
Bortvet strongly believed that Maier was murdered and did not commit suicide. She told Haines that the nurse who had cared for Maier immediately after the shooting, before Bortvet had taken over his care, told her that Maier had said that he was attacked by a man with a black hat and dark complexion.
Bortvet told Haines she suspected that Russie White, who lived within a mile of Maier, had killed Maier by mistake and that Maier's brother John had been the intended target. Bortvet based this belief on information she was given by a teenage boy who worked for White.
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Date of Work
Carl Maier Case, Estherville Iowa, Murder, Homicide, Beulah
Anna Bortvet, Carl Maier, Carl Meyer, John Maier, Mrs. Martin Nafsted, Russie White, Fred Lang, Mr. Brown, Mrs. Anthony, J. L. Hipple, William Langer
Political History | United States History
Haines, Caleb S., "Memo from Caleb S. Haines to Attorney General Langer Regarding the Carl Maier Case, September 16, 1919" (1919). William Langer Papers. 184.