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Dakota Datebook: Joe Milo and Willie Ross

 

December 9, 2019



Joe Milo and Willie Ross

Dec. 11, 2019 — On this day in 1914, a Bottineau prisoner was raising money so his body wouldn’t be used for science.

At the time, Joe Milo was facing a death sentence for his part in a double murder at Lansford. Because he was penniless and had nobody who would pay to bury him, he knew that his body would probably end up on a stainless steel slab at the UND College of Medicine.

Joe didn’t much like the idea of students dissecting him after he was dead, so he hung a contribution box on the door to his cell in the Bottineau county jail; he hoped to raise enough...



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