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People vs J.H. Martin

Identifier: MS-319


This collection contains court exhibit evidence and photocopied newspaper clippings concerning

the trial and conviction of Joseph Henry Martin. Martin was tried in the 2 nd District Court for

Weber County for assault with a deadly weapon after shooting David Edwards, a Pinkerton

detective, while encountering an extortion ring. Martin was convicted in 1914 and sentenced to

the Utah State Prison for 5 years. Tried again in the same court, Martin was convicted in 1915 on

charges of robbery and given a life sentence.

Typescript transcriptions in the collection include extortion letters addressed to Mrs. Thomas D.

Dee, Mrs. David Eccles, and Mrs. Boyle among others.

Also included are a court exhibit book and a CD-R of scans of the other court exhibit book held

by the Utah State Archives containing photographs bearing court exhibits of x-rays of buckshot

in Martin’s leg, handwriting comparisons, property lists, and correspondence.

Also included in the collection is photocopied newspaper articles from 1913 – 1915 covering

each stage of the case.

More materials related to People vs. J.H. Martin collection can be found at the Utah State

Archeves, Series 4101.


  • Other: Date Not Yet Determined


1 Boxes

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FD 1 CD-R containing scanned images of case evidence, mostly correspondence, ca.


FD 2 typescript transcriptions of evidence, mostly correspondence, ca. 1913

FD 3 photocopied newspaper articles pertaining to the case, ca. 1913 - 1915

FD 4 bound scrapbook titled People of the State of Utah VS. J.H. Martin, Documentary

Photographs made by T. Kytka, Writing Expert S.F., March 1914

Related Materials

See an additional evidence book in MS 460 Thomas D. Dee II collection.

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Repository Details

Part of the WSU Stewart Library Special Collections Repository

3921 Central Campus Drive Dept 2901
Ogden UT 84408