Present Forum columnist Jim Shaw responded, saying he, as a reporter at the time, covered the shootout and the trial which followed.

“I will never forget the chilling audio tapes played at the trial when the critically wounded deputy marshal called in for help, and another deputy marshal found the bodies,” Jim wrote “Neighbors.”

“I never met Ken, but I interviewed his family,” Jim wrote. “It was tough for them and me, but I believe they found the interview very therapeutic. They got a chance to tell the public about why Ken was so special.”

Chuck Humphrey, formerly of Verona, N.D., and now of Pocatello, Idaho, also wrote, saying he enjoyed the Medina column, grim though the story was, because, he wrote, “I remember the shootout and the Forum book about it.”

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Then Chuck asks if anyone remembers when Anson Anderson was a U.S. marshal who provided protection for federal judge Paul Benson.

“Mr. Anderson was from Englevale, N.D., 10 miles west of Lisbon, N.D.” Chuck writes. “He was my dad’s second cousin.

“Judge Benson was from Verona, too. I was a farmhand for his older brother Darold Benson in the summer of 1959.”

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