May 5 1940 Helena
the with the the approval and JeHerson Officers Say Confession Is Obtained In Bizarre Murder Jefferson county authorities claimed A confession last night from a man hold for questioning in the bizarre slaying of an S1- year-old prospector found with a cross gouged In the forehead. The victim, J. B. Drown, was dead when found noar his Elkhoi-n cabin, a shot from a 30-30 r l f l o In the back. The mark on the forehead appeared to have been made with a pocket knife. Hold In jail was Brown's companion, George Nestlius. 51, who was unablo to tell Sheriff John Williams a coherent story of tho tragedy. Under Sheriff L. n. K n i g h t r.ald Nesthus confessed he sbot Drown after they bad had some drinks. Knight said County Attorney John McOough was present when N'csthus allegedly said he killed his companion because Drown "killed my father In the old country." Knight said he was unable to find out whore Nesthiis' father was bora. The cross In tho forehead, sold, went unc.vplalned although it appeared to have been carved alter Brown died of the gunshot v/oum], Tho men had been prospecting on Jointly-held tc-n-itoiy for m a n y years. Harllcr In Iho day S h e r i f Williams gavo tills account of llio Ing. iS'esthns appeared at tho home of F. J. Da\\e, n b n u t a tho caliln and told Mrs. f;awa he liad killed H r o w n . Guests at Iho IJawe homo took Ncsthus to a n c l g h h n r l nollfleil the sheriff lie. with Corona.- K y l o H. f o u n d H r o n n had been back with a 30-30 rifle. A cross had boon curved In his forehead with a k n i f e . Brown had hecn a Montana resident for f0 years, H v i n K tho tlmo In the K l k h o r n Ills only k n o n n n u r v l sister, whoso n a m e Is u n k hut who Is presumed to llvo In Butte.