North Dakota May 22, 2016
This Is The Number One Unsolved Mystery In North Dakota And It Will Leave You Baffled
Though North Dakota is one of the safest states to live in when it comes to crime, that’s not to say the state goes without its own gruesome stories. This mystery is about a century old and was baffling to residents of the small town of Niagara, North Dakota back then…and it still is now. Have you ever heard of this mystery before?
Niagara, North Dakota. A small town of about just 50 people.
This town has always been fairly quaint. It's located in Grand Forks County and was founded in 1883.
Between then and 1906, some mysterious and gruesome things happened on a farm in Niagara that were left unheard of until years after.
There were multiple people working on this farm as regular laborers and house keepers and the property was generally a busy place. The man who owned the farm was named Eugene Butler. He had lived in Niagara for most of his life and didn't know much about a life outside of it. The residents in the town knew him to be a bit of a loner and somewhat off, too. Their suspicions would later prove all too true.
For the last six years of his life, from 1906 to 1913, Butler was admitted to the State Hospital in Jamestown, then the State Hospital for the Insane. He died in that asylum and that was that, or so everyone thought.
After his death, buildings on Butler's property were demolished. What was found in the crawlspace under the house was horrific.
Buried there were six bodies, all unidentified. All appeared to have been killed by blows to the back of the head. The killer was no secret; obviously Butler was the one. But why? And who were these bodies? After they were uncovered, people from all over actually went there and took bones as souvenirs, leaving future investigative teams very little to work with.
There are a few theories. One, that these bodies were people who worked on the farm - two housekeepers and their children, and a farmhand. That theory still leaves one body unidentified. There are other claims that all the bodies were teenage males. The motive is completely unknown as well, but one theory is that Butler, being paranoid and a bit off his rocker, thought his employees were plotting to rob him and decided to take action early.
The case remains unsolved to this day. The six people were never identified and odds are, never will be. It will probably always remain one of North Dakota’s craziest cold cases.