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Membership Meeting
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
at the Des Moines United Methodist Church, 22225 9th Ave S. Enter on 9th Ave S.
This meeting is held in an accessible location.

The Woodmont Dock Raid

The Story of Roy Olmstead
"King of the Puget Sound Bootleggers"
by Steve Edmiston

Roy Olmstead ca. 1920s Olmstead disembarking from his launch
Roy Olmstead ca. 1920sOlmstead disembarking from his launch
(Photo: Seattle Times)(Photo: Seattle PI)

At 2 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, 1925, former Seattle Police Lieutenant Roy Olmstead, who became the Northwest's most notorious and beloved bootlegger, was captured by federal prohibition agents on the Woodmont dock in Des Moines.

Steve Edmiston will discuss the details of what become known as "the Woodmont Dock Raid," including:

  • the wire-tapping of Olmstead's phones
  • the corruption that blanketed Olmstead's arrest
  • the three trials (including the 89-defendant, largest trial in prohibition history)
  • the infamous U.S. Supreme Court search-and-seizure wiretapping decision in Olmstead v. U.S.
  • Olmstead's time at the McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary
  • and his ultimate pardon - on Christmas Day, 1935 - by President Franklin Roosevelt.

$5 donation for DMHS members and $10 donation for the general public. Your donations support future programs like this and renovation of our museum. Please stay after the lecture for a complementary strawberry shortcake dessert.




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