Peter Clancy Bean

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 in Goldrushers, Murders | 1 comment

I was contacted yesterday by an author and historical researcher that had been reading the diaries of Frank Purdy that are held at the University of Fairbanks. One entry in those diaries mentioned the fact that the Purdy party had heard a shot on the evening of March 7, 1898 up near White Pass. The next morning they found the body of P.C. Bean who had been murdered. Now the clue here was that they said he was from California and he was actually Peter Clancy Bean.

The murder case is still unsolved.

from: 1880 census in California; Michael Gibson author of “Echo of a Family Secret” (the story of another unsolved murder available at is currently working on the biography of Frank Purdy, a goldrusher who passed through Skagway.



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  1. You are a history detective supreme!

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