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Officer Joseph Adsero and bus driver, Lloyd Mertz, captors of fugative Elroy Hazeman
Officer Joseph Adsero and bus driver, Lloyd Mertz, captors of fugative Elroy Hazeman
TitleOfficer Joseph Adsero and bus driver, Lloyd Mertz, captors of fugative Elroy Hazeman
Date of Original1946-10-24
DescriptionFargo Police officer Joseph Adsero and Greyhound bus drive, Lloyd Mertz, standing next to each other inside the Fargo police station.
Ordering InformationConsult: http://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/duplication-services
General SubjectLaw
Subject (LCTGM)Police
Police stations
Bus drivers
Uniforms
Interiors
Personal NameHazeman, Elroy Edward, 1928-2008
Mertz, Lloyd E., 1914-1964
Adsero, Joseph
Organization NameFargo (N.D.). Police Dept.
Greyhound Lines
LocationFargo (N.D.)
Cass County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Decade1940-1949
Item Number2035.1350
Negative Number2035.1350
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original10 x 13 cm.
Publisher of OriginalForum Publishing Company (Fargo, N.D.)
Place of PublicationFargo (N.D.)
Transcription"Lloyd Mertz of Norwood, Minn, (right) is the Greyhound bus driver who tipped off Fargo police that Elroy Hazeman was a passenger on his bus. Mertz is shown talking with Joseph Adsero patrolman, third policeman in on the arrest." - caption with image published in the Fargo Forum & Daily Republican, October 24, 1946, p. 1.
NotesTitle supplied by staff.
Photographer unknown.
Biography/HistoryOn August 17, 1946, Elroy Hazeman hired Walter Anderson, a taxi driver with City Cab Co., to drive him from Little Falls to the farm of his parents in Pierz, Minnesota. When they arrived at Pierz, Hazeman pulled out a gun and proceeded to rob and kill Anderson, shooting in the back of the head. After hiding the body in some brush, on his family farm, he drove the taxi to near Margie, Minnesota where he abandoned it. He hitchhiked to Bemidji, and then took a bus back to his job with Norling Silo Co. in Svea, Minn. On August 22nd, Hazeman quit his job, and wandered around the region. Meanwhile the deserted the cab was fond August 20th, and Anderson was determined to be missing. On September 3rd, Anderson's body was found by Elroy Hazeman's younger brother and sister. On October 24th, Hazeman boarded a Greyhound bus in Minneapolis, driven by Lloyd Mertz. Mr. Mertz recognized the passenger as that of the wanted Elroy Hazeman and radioed ahead to Fargo police. Police in Fargo, took Hazeman into custody at the Union Bus Depot with no resistance. On December 3, 1946, a Morrison County grand jury, indicted Elroy Hazeman on first-degree murder. He was found insane and possessing homicidal tendencies, and was committed to the St. Peter State Hospital on December 5th.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionFargo Forum Negative Collection 2035
Collection Finding AidConsult: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/971
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo
Languageeng
Digital IDrs005503
Original SourceNegatives
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