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Looking to solve 1945 murder of her father

Letter: Carla Bonner Allen, Whitefish, Mont.

Seventy years ago, on Nov. 9, 1945, an unknown person rested a .22-caliber rifle atop a gatepost outside the newly built home of my father, Harold (Neil) Bonner, and my family on Upper Ford’s Creek north of Orofino, and shot through the glass window. To this day, this nightmare murder of my dad has not been resolved.

My father, then 27, a mechanic in town, and my mom had been standing at the kitchen door when a bullet shattered the glass and hit him in the back. My brother and I were sleeping in the next room.

Mom’s screams could be heard 100 yards away at the home of my grandfather, Douglas Bonner, who came running. I ran to my father who was slumped into a chair.

Now 77, I am Neil’s daughter living in Whitefish, Mont. This is the horror I remember.

Before we all get any older, I pray that anyone who can still shed light on this tragedy will come forward with any information that could help put this nightmare to rest for me and my brother. If you can help, please contact the Clearwater County Sheriff’s office. Tip Hotline: 476-4521. Or e-mail  The contact can be anonymous. Someone has all too long lived with this horrible guilt.

Carla Bonner Allen

Whitefish, Mont.


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