|Cuz unsubs are camera shy|
The Rainier Unsub is the name I give to a man who wandered onto a ranch in Roy, Washington, a little hamlet about 12 miles away from Rainier. The owner of the ranch, Frank Betchard, related to authorities a tale of a man who came knocking on his door to beg a meal on Wednesday, about 2:00 p.m., after the murders.. This in of itself is not remarkable but the conversation at dinner might have been. According to Mrs. Betchard and her daughter, the man spoke about the Coble murder which had occurred on Monday night, the 10th of July. They specifically stated that the man said "there had been a murder in Rainier Monday night." The crime wasn't discovered until Tuesday the 11th in the afternoon and wasn't carried in any newspaper until Wednesday morning, the 12th. The Betchard family had no knowledge of the crime until the unknown beggar told them about it at 2:00 P.M. the 12th. Now I do have to concede that it is possible this beggar had spent Tuesday evening in the town of Yelm, woke up and saw the news in the paper and told the Betchards. Yelm is just five miles south of Roy but Yelm had no local paper until 1922. The nearest large cities which likely were the major newspaper distribution points were Tacoma and Olympia, both 17 miles away as the crow flies. Either of these newspapers would have been in Yelm Wednesday morning screaming headlines about the murder. But wouldn't it follow that the Betchards would have heard about the murders by 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday as well?
|Headline from Wednesday, July 12, 1911|