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Confessed Pyromaniac Blamed for Many Fires to Receive State Treatment

Grand Forks, N. D., Aug 6.—That Miss Ruth Erickson of Grand Forks, confessed pyromaniac, is a proper person for treatment at the State Hospital for the Insane at Jamestown, was the decision reached by the county insanity board at an adjourned meeting held in the court house this afternoon.

Miss Erickson has been committed to the hospital and will be taken there as soon as a representative reaches the city who will accompany her to Jamestown.

This closes, for the time being, one of the most sensational cases that has arisen here in years. Miss Erickson was arrested and charged with sending fake fire alarms to the fire department and in following up the false alarms it was brought out that she was connected with various fires in this community.

The whole affair culminated in a signed confession of Miss Erickson admitting that she set a series of thirteen fires in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks covering a period of two years.

Bismarck Tribune, 8/6/1919

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