Mercer Island Murder Mystery: A new look at an old case

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

On the morning of Feb. 8, 1886, James M. Colman and family friend Wilbur Patten were on their way to Seattle. Patten was going home and Colman was on his way to court to settle a dispute with George Miller of Enatai (Beaux Arts) over a land acquisition. They were ambushed at the south end of Mercer Island. Patten never made it home and Colman never made it to court. Miller was tried four times for murder, making him the only person in Territorial history to be tried so many times before so many people for a single crime. Tom Hitzroth will share the results of his personal detective work, exploring the crime, the investigation and the trials. Was Miller an innocent man?

Colman Home 2 WA State ArchivesThe Colman home. (Photo courtesy of the Washington State Archives)

On Saturday, Jan. 9, enjoy a relaxing morning at the Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series, a monthly program that features eight speakers addressing topics of local, state and Pacific Northwest historical interest. The series is held 10:30am – noon at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 NE 80th St., Redmond.

Doors open at 10 a.m. $5 suggested donation for non-members. Speakers subject to change. For details:

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