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Franz Warl
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Birth: unknown, Austria
Death: Apr. 30, 1875
Lewis and Clark County
Montana, USA

Franz was a charcoal burner at Colorado Gulch near Helena, Montana Territory. He supplied charcoal to a great many Helena businesses, particularly blacksmith shops without access to coal. He was considered to be quite wealthy with a great deal of money in several banks. The supposed wealth was too big of a temptation to William Wright Wheatley, William Sterres, and Frederick Shaffer. The three of them went to Warl's cabin, clubbed him in the back of the head and searched his cabin for money. When they were unsuccessful in finding any, they tortured him by pouring scalding hot coffee down his throat which resulted in his death. The three murders thinking Warl was only unconscious returned to town. The trio had used a barber's apron to gag Warl and it was traced back to Fred Shaffer. Oddly, Fred was the only killer to escape justice. The other two were the first two persons to be legally hanged in Montana Territory.
Specifically: Unknown
Created by: Tom Todd
Record added: Sep 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42170654


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