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Treasures of the Archives: McNeil Island: Charles Manson’s Home in the Pacific Northwest

Guard in front of painted pentagram, 1985-2008, Department of Corrections, McNeil Island Corrections Center Photograph Collection, 1855-2010, Digital Archives.

Guard in front of painted pentagram, 1985-2008, Department of Corrections, McNeil Island Corrections Center Photograph Collection, 1855-2010, Digital Archives, https://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/.

In 1971 Charles Manson was convicted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder of seven people that were part of a cult he led in southern California. It was a gruesome crime that garnered national attention but it was not Manson’s first contact with the courts.

Treasures of the Archives: Minutes and Meeting Records: Local Response to Japanese Relocation

Japanese Americans evacuating from their homes in Bainbridge Island, 1942. Image courtesy of the Museum of History and Industry.

Japanese Americans evacuating from their homes in Bainbridge Island, 1942. Image courtesy of the Museum of History and Industry.

On December 7, 1941 Japanese aircraft executed a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, a U.S. naval base in Hawaii. Just three months later, in March 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9102, which established the War Relocation Authority. The agency was tasked with removing and interning Japanese Americans in the coastal areas of the West Coast, where they were perceived by the government to be the greatest threat for acts of espionage. One of the first removals occurred in the Bainbridge Island area, just outside of Seattle.

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