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Earle Leonard Nelson was finally arrested in Wakopa Manitoba, where a clerk recognized him and reported him to the police. 

While detained, he managed to make his escape using a rusty file on the lock and hopped a train.  Unfortunately for him – but happily for the rest of Manitoba – the train happened to be filled with police sent from Winnipeg, on their way to help look for the escaped prisoner.

At the time of his capture and trial, Earle Leonard Nelson was wanted in six US cities and was to be tried for the murders in Winnipeg of Lola Cowan and Emily Patterson.

It was in the Manitoba Court House right in front of you that, on November 4, 1927, after less than an hour of deliberation, a 12-man jury convicted Nelson of the murder of of Emily Patterson.  He was sentenced to death by hanging at Vaughn Street Jail.

For the end of this chilling tale – take a look at your map and head to Vaughan Street Jail, located at 444 York Street.

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