Archives of Maryland
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John Snowden
MSA SC 3520-13632


In the days following the murder of Lottie May Brandon, and prior to the arrest of John Snowden, Governor Harrington's office received letters concerning the murder. Some implicated Valentine Brandon's involvement in the crime, while others were from Brandon himself, and Lottie May's father, Mr. R.J. Haislup, criticizing the Annapolis Police Department and Baltimore Police Department for the slow progress of the investigation. The following images are taken from GOVERNOR (Subject File) Brandon Murder, Folder No. 45 [MSA S1046, 2-30-1-4].   Click on the image for the full size tif.
 

1917 letter, claiming that Valentine Brandon is responsible for his wife's murder
Letter dated August 12, 1917, claiming that Valentine Brandon is responsible for his wife's murder.
1917 letter from Los Angeles, California, implicating Valentine Brandon, and simply signed 'Justice'.
Letter dated August 19, 1917 from Los Angeles, California, implicating Valentine Brandon, and simply signed "Justice."
1917 letter asking the 
Governor of Virginia for assistance with the investigation
Letter dated August 14, 1917 from Washington, D.C., encouraging Governor Harrington to ask the Governor of Virginia for assistance with the investigation, particularly with the use of bloodhounds.
     
Telegram from Lottie Mae's father, R.J. Haislup
Telegram from Lottie Mae's father, R.J. Haislup, dated August 11, 1917, criticizing the investigation, and encouraging Gov. Harrington to ask for assistance from the District of Columbia police force.
Telegram from Valentine Brandon
Telegram from Valentine Brandon dated August 11, 1917, in which he states his support of the current police investigation.
Telegram from Mr. Edward J. Owens
Telegram from Mr. Edward J. Owens in New York, criticizing the handling of the investigation by the Annapolis authorities.
     
A second telegram from Valentine Brandon
A second telegram from Valentine Brandon on August 11, 1917, criticizing the investigation, and encouraging the Governor to ask for assistance from the District of Columbia police force.


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