The Deaths of David and Romie Hodell

 

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Although Harry Spooner did an excellent job collecting information, his documentation skills were unfortunately somewhat lacking. The result is that the source and date of many of these articles is unknown.

 

 

File Name

Type

Date

 

Description

Article13

.pdf

Date unk

 

Mrs. Dudgeon Fights On As Son Is Freed. Source, date unknown

 

 

 

 

 

Article71

.pdf

Date unk

 

Alice Dudgeon Gets Letter. Source unknown. Also includes statements from Lee Dudgeon after being released from 3 years imprisonment.

 

 

 

 

 

Article72

.pdf

Date unk

 

“Ghosts’ Haunt Scenes Of Rural Tragedy In Slashing Country. Detroit Free Press

 

 

 

 

 

Article73

.pdf

Date unk

 

Hodell Defense Charges Police “Framed” Case. Source unknown

 

 

 

 

 

Article74

.pdf

Date unk

 

Dudgeon Case To Jury Soon. Source unknown

 

 

 

 

 

Article75

.pdf

Date unk

 

Partial article, source unknown. Partial description of alleged events leading up to Romie Hodell’s murder.

 

 

 

 

 

Article76

.pdf

Date unk

 

Partial article, source unknown. Partial description of Meda Hodell’s confession.

 

 

 

 

 

Article78

.pdf

Date unk

 

Denies Hodell Drank Cup of Poison Coffee. Unknown Grand Rapids paper.

 

 

 

 

 

Article79

.pdf

Date unk

 

Dudgeon Farm Home Burns. Source unknown

 

 

 

 

 

Article84

.pdf

Date unk

 

Alice Dudgeon Gets Freedom. Source unknown

 

 

 

 

 

Article87

.pdf

Date unk

 

Murder Trials in Big Rapids. Source unknown

 

 

 

 

 

Article89

.pdf

Date unk

 

Drop Of Blood Costs $25,000. Source unknown

 

 

 

 

 

Article90

.pdf

Date unk

 

Random Remarks - editorial by Harry M. Royal

 

 

 

 

 

Article97

.pdf

Date unk

 

Small scraps of articles, sources unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

Article82

.pdf

02-23-

????

Expect Freedom For Meda Hodell. Source unknown

 

 

 

 

 

Article81

.pdf

05-29-

????

Police Testify in Murder Case. Source unknown

 

 

 

 

 

Article83

.pdf

06-06-

????

Defense Has Dudgeon Case. Source unknown

 

 

 

 

 

Article85

.pdf

06-06-

????

Dudgeon Case Far From End. Source unknown

 

 

 

 

 

Article86

.pdf

06-12-

????

Dudgeon Jury Asks More Pay. Source unknown

 

 

 

 

 

Article37

.pdf

06-10-

1922

“Neighbors Told of Ghosts Mrs. Alice Dudgeon Admits”. Source unknown. By-line Harry Spooner.

 

 

 

 

 

Article77

.pdf

08-02-

1922

Additional Arrests Are Pending In Hodell Murder Case. (Transcript) Grand Rapids Herald

 

 

 

 

 

Article61

.pdf

08-13-

1922

Ghosts of Hodell and His Father Led Widow to Confess, She Says. Grand Rapids (Sunday?) Herald, some of article is missing. Also includes photos of William J. Branstrom and State Troopers, County Sheriff, and Robert Bennett following arraignment, and short feature entitled “Through With Men, Says Medie Hodell”.

 

 

 

 

 

Article36

.pdf

06-18-

1925

Apparent transcript of article written by Spooner for Muskegon Chronicle, dated 06-18-25, regarding case. Entitled “Dudgeon Affair”.

 

 

 

 

 

Article15

.pdf

11-11-

1927

Governor Green To Investigate Hodell Case. Courier (Shelby).

 

 

 

 

 

Article92

.pdf

12-23-

1927

Dr. Dodge Says Meda Is Innocent. Big Rapids Pioneer

 

 

 

 

 

Article14

.pdf

08-04-

1949

Meda Hodell Is Pardoned. Source unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

Article25

.pdf

01-29-

1950

American Weekly, January 29, 1950. Provides a basic account of the Hodell deaths, investigation, and trials. Some literary license taken.

 

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