BW Preview: Crime, Punishment and Friday the 13th


Friday, April 13, marks a grim anniversary in the history of crime and punishment in Idaho. It was on that date (also a Friday the 13th) in 1951, when Idaho saw its only double-execution. More importantly, the two men who were to hang by the neck were the youngest criminals ever executed in the Gem State.

In Wednesday's Boise Weekly, we examine the case of Troy Powell and Ernest Walrath, two men involved in a robbery in which a Boise grocer was murdered for $12. Less than a year after the crime, the two young men were hanged.

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