Archive for July 15th, 2019

Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, July 15, 1911

Lewis Mascher draws $100 in Justice Court for sending threatening letters to Badachs

BLACK DIAMOND, Saturday, July 15 — Lewis Mascher, an Italian, yesterday was fined $100 and costs by Justice Davis for sending blackmailing letters to the Badach family in this city.

This is the first conviction in Black Diamond for a series of threatening letters that have been mailed to a number of persons here, but evidence brought out at the hearing of Mascher may result in bringing others to justice.

Deputy Sheriff Matt Starwich did the detective work that brought Mascher to justice. Starwich obtained letters written to other persons by Mascher and the signature on these and the blackmailing missives sent to the Badach family is identical.

Starwich is said to be hot on the trail of other blackmailers.

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