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October, 1918

Slayer of Tuikka dies by hand of neighbor who ends own life. Louis Ojahleto (Louis Anderson) remembered as the slayer of Andrew Tuikka for which crime he was sent to prison for life 16 years ago (and paroled, five years ago,) was murdered at noon yesterday on his ranch. His ranch is on Willow Creek, north of Red Lodge, north of the old Harney ranch. His murderer was Jack Maki, Willow Creek farmer, his neighbor and landlord. Maki fired 2 shots from a shotgun into Anderson’s body and walked to the home of Christian Wirkman, a half mile away and told Wirkman of the shooting.
Maki then climbed to the top of the hill, a quarter mile away, and carefully removed one shoe and sock. Holding the muzzle of the gun against his heart, he pulled the trigger with his toe.
There had been bad blood between Anderson and Maki for sometime. Maki walked over to the field where the Andersons were working the land with a shotgun over his arm. Mrs. Anderson was standing in a wagon. Anderson and Maki had had a dispute over whose duty it was to fence a haystack. There were a few heated words and Maki leveled and shot and fired. Anderson received the first load in his right kidney. He turned and fled; Maki shot again and missed. Anderson ran several hundred feet with Maki in pursuit and fell twenty feet away from Maki. He raised the gun and fired a third time. Anderson received the charge of the shotgun in the face and sunk back unconscious. He lived but a few minutes.
In the past, Anderson was said to have told Maki once he put a man out of the way with a bullet and Maki should have no reason to think he could get the best of him. Anderson also told people the only way to settle with his landlord was to put a bullet through his body. It’s believed these remarks preyed on Maki’s mind and he feared for his life. Anderson shot and killed Tuikka in 1903, in a quarrel over an irrigation ditch.

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