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In this letter, dated February 24, 1919, from Sarles, North Dakota (ND) Village Marshal Alvah Phillebaum to ND Attorney General William Langer, Phillebaum writes he and Ernest D** have hired Langdon Attorney E. E. Fletcher to pursue their claims of statutory rape against Hiram Stepp, and that they have discovered that Stepp has never been tried in the case. Phillebaum explains that the D**'s daughter has now filed a written complaint, and he expects the sheriff to serve Stepp that night or the following day. Phillebaum adds that Stepp is preparing to leave town and if he attempts to do so, Phillebaum plans to detain him, by force if necessary.
Letter from L. F. Hinegardner to Attorney General Langer regarding the Stepp Case, February 24, 1919
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Stepp, Stave v. Stepp, rape, statutory rape
Ernest D**, Matilda D**, E. E. Fletcher, William Langer, Alvah Phillebaum, Hiram Stepp, Alvah Phillebaum
Political History | United States History
Phillebaum, A., "Letter from Sarles, ND Village Marshal Phillebaum to Langer Regarding Hiram Stepp Flight Risk, February 24, 1919" (1919). William Langer Papers. 306.