Perth Courier, Oct. 9, 1885
Particulars of the dreadful murder in Dakota mentioned in last week’s Courier will be found on our fourth page. The victim, Miss McEwen, is a former resident of Drummond, near Innisville and was about 45 years old. Her brother, Peter McEwen, is well known around Innisville. He lives now near the place where his sister was murdered and his mother and sisters still reside near Innisville.
Fourth Page: DAKOTA JUSTICE — MURDERER OF MISS McEWEN STRUNG UP. THE WRETCH OVERTAKEN BY WHIRLWIND OF RETRIBUTION. CONFESSED CRIME.
The Norwegian who ravished and afterwards killed Miss McEwen of Rosseau Lake near Olga, Dakota was captured last Wednesday three miles west of Wallholin and taken to Olga and delivered over to the officers of the law who were preparing to leave with their prisoner for Pembina jail when they were met by about 200 settlers who took the prisoner and hung him to the nearest tree.
He confessed to the crime and some of the murdered girl’s property was found in his possession. A machine expert who was present at the hanging gave some particulars. Olson had called the day before at the claim shanty occupied by Miss McEwen and asked her for what she would sell her claim and not receiving any encouragement to other conversation he went away.
The next night about dusk Olson was seen by a neighbor crossing the field in the direction of her shanty which he knew to be unoccupied at the time. After a short interval Miss McEwen came along and was told by the neighbor in a joking way that Olson had just passed towards her house. She said that if he did not leave at once she would throw some hot water on him. What transpired after this is shrouded in mystery.
Her shanty was broken into by friends who found her murdered in her bed. Suspicion at once pointed to Olson who was followed by a large body of men who captured him within a short distance of where the crime was committed, but not until he made another attempt on another lady who successfully resisted him. He was taken to Olga about five miles from Rosseau Lake where he was held and brought before a Justice of the Peace for a preliminary hearing before being taken to Pembina for safe keeping. Everything indicated that Miss McEwen had put up a desperate struggle before Olson accomplished his purpose. Her body was terribly bruised and her face beaten beyond recognition.