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By Olivia Harnack
Whitman County Gazette 

The Baffling Murder of Local Millionaire

The Story of His Murderer — The Phantom of the Palouse

Series: Crime Corner | Story 5

True Detective Magazine

Sheriff Reilly and Captains Allen, and Sherar pondered whether the slayer was also the elusive "Phantom" burglar.

THORNTON -Locals may recall the ghost story that shook Whitman County to its core. Not many remember his name, but some will remember the stories of a man that seemingly disappeared without a trace while hopping from property to property.

People called this ghostly figure "The Phantom of Palouse."

The Phantom would not be caught until the story of Whitman County's missing millionaire unfolded in December 1964.

Whitman County Sheriff Mike Humphreys reported his close friend, Clarence E. Wittie, 54, missing on Jan. 2, 1960.

At the time, Clarence, nicknamed "Mickey," was among the Palouse's we...

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