Alaska · Graves

Man shot and killed after stealing miner’s gold

July 8, 1898 Skagway, Alaska Jefferson "Soapy" Smith is shot and killed after conning a miner out of his gold Smith, a con-man, gangster, and saloon proprietor, had convinced a miner to play a classic con-game of three-card monte. Smith managed to swindle the miner out of $2700 (approximately $80,000 today) of gold which the… Continue reading Man shot and killed after stealing miner’s gold

Alaska · Massacres/Mass Murder

Man killed by police after killing spree

May 19, 1984 Manley Hot Springs, Alaska Michael Silka is shot and killed by Alaska state troopers following a murder spree Silka, a long-time drifter and an Army veteran, had recently found his way to Alaska, briefly staying in Fairbanks. There, he is suspected to have killed his neighbor, Roger Culp, on April 28, 1984.… Continue reading Man killed by police after killing spree