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By Lou Marzeles

Timmerman skull was shared with many in Goldendale


October 31, 2018

Klickitat County History Society.

FORGOTTEN STORY: The skull of Henry Timmerman, hanged in 1886 (picture above) for murder, was passed around in Goldendale for at least 77 years. Where is it today?

A reader has provided a very spooky—and surprising—Halloween story to share with Goldendale. His tale is as eerie and macabre as any one might care to hear on Halloween—and it’s true. Remarkably, even many who know a lot about Goldendale’s history haven’t heard this one.

Here’s the background: it seems that a long time ago, somebody thought it would be ghoulishly interesting to dig up the remains of Goldendale’s most notorious criminal—Henry Timmerman—and take possession of his skull. So they did.

Timmerman, as the familiar story goes, was found guilty in 1887 of killing a man. The following year, on April 6, 1888, Timmerman was hanged in public for the crime near wher...

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