Murder in Chisago County

The Unsolved Johnson Family Mystery

by Brian Johnson

Series: True Crime

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  • 9781467142335
  • 9781439666326
At 3:30 a.m. on April 11, 1933, neighbors and firefighters arrived at the farmhouse of Albin and Alvira Johnson to find a smoldering heap where a seemingly happy home once stood. Beneath the ruins, investigators found the bodies of Alvira and her seven children, but Albin's remains were nowhere to be seen. The authorities determined that Alvira and the children were dead before the fire, and fingers immediately pointed to Albin. Hundreds of searchers, including the illustrious Pinkerton Agency, combed the area and even crossed into Canada in pursuit of Johnson, who was indicted in absentia for murder. But he was never found, dead or alive. What happened to the Johnson family and what part, if any, Albin played in the tragedy remain a mystery. Twin Cities journalist Brian Johnson tells the story that has beguiled the community for generations.
  • Arcadia Publishing Inc.; March 2019
  • ISBN: 9781439666326
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Murder in Chisago County
  • Series: True Crime
  • Author: Brian Johnson
  • Imprint: The History Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781467142335
  • 9781439666326

In The Press

"In his new book, he blends journalistic balance with his personal connections to the case. He gives voice to Albin's defenders, who insist he either died in the fire or took his own life. But the author also injects his role as a relative of the victims, recalling childhood visits to the graves of the family. … In rich detail, he lays out clue after clue -- explaining how Albin's father had just evicted the family from the house. He unearthed newspaper accounts in which one of the first neighbors on the fire scene at 3:30 a.m. noticed auto tracks in the snow leading from the house to the highway." Star Tribune

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781467142335
  • 9781439666326