Manhunt in Eatonville (1960)

Manhunt, March 1960 - Eatonville Town Marshal, W. H. Smith on the left
Manhunt, March 1960 - Eatonville Town Marshal, W. H. Smith on the left

This marvelous shot was taken by the Seattle Times in March 1960, during a manhunt for Joselph Self, who had murdered a taxi driver. The caption twith this photo reads:

Sheriff Tim McCullough, right, examined a map of Mount Rainier area yesterday with W. H. Smith, Eatonville town marshal, as a search continued for Joseph Chester Self, 29, suspect in the slaying of a Seattle taxicab-driver. Some 60 sheriff’s deputies from four counties combed the mountainous wooded area around Eatonville for Self. Self is believed to be armed.

You can find the full story on HistoryLink.org. Here is an excerpt.

On Wednesday, March 16, 1960, Joseph Chester Self, age 29, shoots and kills Seattle taxicab driver Ralph A. Gemmill Jr., age 39, during a $15 heist.  After hiding in the Eatonville area for four days, Self surrenders to the Pierce County Sheriff, claiming the murder was unintentional.  A trial jury, however, finds Self guilty of first-degree murder and imposes the death penalty. On June 20, 1963, at 12:05 a.m., Self is hanged at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.  He is the 73rd prisoner to be executed in Washington state since 1904 and will be the last for 30 years, the longest period in state history without an execution.

Eatonville Manhunt caption 1960This is another of the original press photos you can find on ebay.

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