Washington State Patrol officers review crime scene photographs from the kidnapping of Tacoma’s Charles Mattson with an unidentified man. Mattson, 10, was kidnapped for ransom on Dec. 27, 1936. His battered body was recovered Jan. 10, 1937 in Everett. His murder was never solved. Frank Olson, a mental patient at Medical Lake Asylum, confessed to kidnapping the Mattson boy. Olson, also known as Lester Mead and Charles Thorp, was found harmless and was returned to the asylum after two days of questioning by the State Patrol at the Winthrop Hotel.
Washington State Patrol officers review crime scene photographs from the kidnapping of Tacoma’s Charles Mattson with an unidentified man. Mattson, 10, was kidnapped for ransom on Dec. 27, 1936. His battered body was recovered Jan. 10, 1937 in Everett. His murder was never solved. Frank Olson, a mental patient at Medical Lake Asylum, confessed to kidnapping the Mattson boy. Olson, also known as Lester Mead and Charles Thorp, was found harmless and was returned to the asylum after two days of questioning by the State Patrol at the Winthrop Hotel. Richards Studio Collection, Tacoma Public Library, 253-292-2001, tinyurl.com/library-archives
Washington State Patrol officers review crime scene photographs from the kidnapping of Tacoma’s Charles Mattson with an unidentified man. Mattson, 10, was kidnapped for ransom on Dec. 27, 1936. His battered body was recovered Jan. 10, 1937 in Everett. His murder was never solved. Frank Olson, a mental patient at Medical Lake Asylum, confessed to kidnapping the Mattson boy. Olson, also known as Lester Mead and Charles Thorp, was found harmless and was returned to the asylum after two days of questioning by the State Patrol at the Winthrop Hotel. Richards Studio Collection, Tacoma Public Library, 253-292-2001, tinyurl.com/library-archives

A break-in, despair and a manhunt — the story of Tacoma’s oldest unsolved kidnapping

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