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Crime Corner: The Easter Sunday Massacre

PULLMAN — One of the most prolific and deadliest killing sprees in Washington State history happened not too long ago and still haunts Whitman County.

Called the “Easter Sunday Massacre,” the murder spree left five dead, four of whom were officers, in Pullman on Easter Sunday, 1949.

George A. McIntyre, 25, was a World War II veteran who ran a family business in Pullman on Grand Avenue at the time of the shooting.

On Sunday, April 17, 1949, McIntyre fired several rounds at police officers, killing four before he was shot and killed.

At approximately 3:55 p.m., Officer Ross Claar, 56, noticed Mc...


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