ReeferMadness The following consists of a grouping of Harry Anslinger’s lesser known and maybe less important Gore File Cases.   However, as they do constitute part of the Gore File, should therefore still be of interest to the reader.   Especially as part of the main problem historians have had in the past is the shear lack of any Who, What, Where, When regarding these cases.   Thus (in the past) making it all but impossible to allow actual local historians to physically do any research into these cases.   --- A matter to which, you can rest assured, was no accident on Anslinger’s part, and thus the reason for this web site.   Here we provide the reader with the exact Who, What, Where, When, needed by local historians to do local research on these cases.


Ida Strickland -- Date: Sep 4, 1935 - Location: Columbus, Ga.
What the Narcs were claiming
GEORGIA - Columbus - In September, 1935, a large amount of marihuana was seized in Columbus, which was confiscated and placed in sacks.   The investigation was based on information received from the Chief of Police at Columbus that the soldiers at Fort Benning were being supplied with marihuana cigarettes.   --- ILLICIT TRAFFIC IN MARIHUANA - aka Gore File

GEORGIA - Columbus on September 4, 1935, Federal agents, aided by local police, raided the premises at 2104 Second Avenue and arrested Mrs. Ida Strickland, 56, and her son Eugene Strickland.   They were charged with possession and sale of marihuana.   The net weight of the marihuana purchased for cigarettes was 1/2-ounce, dried marihuana 10 pounds, chopped up and found in sack 4 pounds, growing marihuana including green stalks and branches 125 pounds.   In a field a space of about 10’ x 30' was entirely covered by marihuana plants.   With the prepared marihuana and that found growing, at least 10,000 cigarettes could have been manufactured, these cigarettes selling two for 25-cents.   The defendants were arraigned in Police Court at Columbus on September 5, 1935, and were held under bond of $1,500.   --- ILLICIT TRAFFIC IN MARIHUANA - aka Gore File

Columbus, Ga.; Federal agents, aided by the local police, raided the premises of a house in this city and found marihuana growing in a plot of ground 10 by 30 feet between two houses.   Approximately fourteen pounds of marihuana was found in the house and in a building at the rear, in the process of being dried.   The estimated weight of the growing marihuana was fixed at 125 pounds.   ---- Oakland Tribune (Newspaper) Oct. 11, 1936 “Don't be a MuggleHead”

OWN Testimony
that on the night of May 31, 1935, about 10:00 P.M. I went alone to the residence of the above named defendant, Louis Strickland, at 2104 Second Ave, Coumbus, Ga.   As I walked up the steps, I noticed a boy lying in the swing on the porch.   As I reached the porch, he got up.   I then told him that I had been there about 2 weeks before with a fellow named Jack Wiggins, and had come back.   He asked me, “What do you want, some stuff? I told him yes, and he asked me how much.   I told him about eight (8) of them.   At that time, a voice within the house said who is it Louis?   The boy then went inside the house and leaving the door open, I could see inside.   He approached a bed and I could hear conversation but could not distinguish what was said.   About 5 minutes later, the boy came out of the house and handed me eight (8) cigarettes, which I put in my pocket.   I had on a soldier's uniform.   I later went to Room 6, Rankin Hotel, where I put them in an official envelope and marked it for identification and sealed it up.   On Saturday Morning about 3 P.M., I turned them over to the state Drug Inspector J. L. Williams., who was in my room at the Hotel, at the time.
Agent Lowe can further testify, that on the night of June 6, 1935, about 8:30 P.M. he again went to the home of Louis Strickland, at the above named address.   An old lady with white hat, came to the door, and asked what he wanted.   He told her that he wanted to get some more cigarettes, that he was the boy who had come there with Jack Wiggins, once and had been back again later and bought some from the boy.   The old lady told him that he would have to wait until her son came back an she didn’t have any rolled and her son rolled them.   That at this time a boy who the lady addressed as Louis, came up on the porch and asked what was wanted, and the old lady told him that I wanted to get some cigarettes.   The boy told me that he would have to roll them. --- PennState Anslinger Collection Box9File57

Columbus, Georgia.   May 31, 1935.   One Strickland, youth, arrested marihuana case. --- PennState Anslinger Collection Box9File57

[S]- 1935-09-06 p7 - “Agents Destroy Marijuana Farm In Columbus Raid, Arrest Woman”

[Key-finder - Case #GA02]

Cpl. Louis Gluckin -- Date: Sep. 19, 1953 - Location: Camp Gordon, Ga.
What the Narcs were claiming
Georgia - 1953 Camp Gordon, Georgia - Male 23 Indecent exposure 6 occasions to girls 10 to 12 years old; each time under influence marihuana; trumpet, musician; smoking marihuana over a year.   Arrested --- Article by James C. Munch; "UN Bulletin on Narcotics"-1966 Issue 2

1953 - L. Gluckin, - Camp Gordon, Georgia - M - 23 - Indecent exposure 6 occasions to girls 10 to 12 years old; Each time under influence marihuana; trumpet, musician; smoking marihuana over a year.   - Arrested --- 6th conference report - INEOA 1965

[S]- Sep. 19, 1953 - “Two Gis accused of possessing marijuana supply”
“Two soldiers are in the Camp Gordon stockade awaiting trial on charges of possessing marijuana, Army officials disclosed yesterday.
The soldiers were identified as Cpl. Louis Gluckin and Cpl. Bernard E. Adams, both of whom were stationed at Camp Gordon.
Gluckin was arrested Aug. 21 by civilian authorities on warrants charging him with indecent exposure by allegedly exposing himself to young girls, Army officials said.
Upon his arrest the officers found a small amount of marijuana in a tobacco can in his car.   The car was seized by narcotic agents and Gluckin was turned over to Camp Gordon authorities.
Further investigation by criminal investigators of the Provost Marshal’s office led to the arrest of Adams, Army officials said.  

[Key-finder - Case#GA03]

Marvin Carr -- Date: Dec 7, 1967 - Location: Atlanta, Ga.
What the Narc’s were claiming
Georgia - Atlanta, Ga., Dec 1967 --Two marihuana users argued over one man's wife.   One was shot through the neck and killed with a .22 caliber pistol.   The murderer was allegedly under the influence of marihuana at the time of the shooting.   -- Congressional Record -- April 4, 1968

[S]- Dec 7, 1967 p. 1-2 Man Slain at Grady Hospital; Argument Over Girl Blamed “On man shot and killed another shortly before noon Wednesday in a ground floor corridor at Grady hospital during an argument over which one was to invite a girl to attend a show, police said.”
[S]- Dec 8, 1967 p22 - “Grady Worker Held in Slaying”
[S]- Dec 9, 1967 p8 - “Indictment In Slaying At Hospital”
The Fulton County Grand Jury returned a murder indictment Friday against a 20-year-old Negro in the shooting death of a man in a corridor of Grady Memorial Hospital Wednesday.

[Key-finder - Case#GA04]

W. E. Layne -- Date: June 2, 1935 - Location: Muscogee, Georgia.
What the Narcs were claiming
GEORGIA - Columbus
On June 2, 1935, learned that W. E. Layne was peddling marihuana cigarettes to soldiers at Fort Benning, Georgia.   Layne was arrested and 27-pounds of marihuana was found in his possession.   He was sentenced to 2 years' imprisonment.   --- ILLICIT TRAFFIC IN MARIHUANA - aka Gore File

One *.H. Layne who had been peddling Marijuana in New Orleans heard that there were good opportunities to sell Marijuana to the soldiers at Fort Benning Georgia and that during the past two or more years he had been going to various soldiers camps throught(sic) out the country following the profession, so he decided to come to Fort Beanning at Columbus Georgia to see what he could do there.
He accordingly had a box of Marijuana shipped to him from Mexico to Columbus, Georgia.   He then contacted a CCC worker then agreed to help him with the idea in mind of informing the police of the happenings.   All the arrangements were made and when they met again the CCC worker had informed the Police and they were on hand to apprehend the men.   They found some marijuana on Layne in a Prince Albert Can and a cigerette.   On the other man they found nothing.
The Police however arrested the men before they had a chance to go and get the stuff to take out to Fort Benning.   At that time, I was working undercover in Columbus, Georgia on some Morphine peddling and looking after some suspected Marijuana peddling.   This fact was known to the police and they immediately contacted me.   I arranged to be hooked up with the man Layne in order to secure the whereabouts of the Marijuana that he had made arrangements to sell to the soldiers.   --- PennState Anslinger Collection Box 9 – File 46

October 9, 1935.
You are advised that the approximate net weight of all the marihuana purchased for cigarettes was one-half ounce; that found drying, approximately ten pounds; chopped up in a sack, approximately four pounds.   The probable weight of the marihuana growing, including, of course, the green stalk and limbs, one hundred and twenty-five pounds.
The field, a space of about ten feet by thirty feet, which was an alleyway between two houses, was entirely covered by marihuana plants.
Fort Benning is approximately ten miles from Columbus, and no doubt a great deal of this marihuana would have found its way into this fort and have been used by soldiers.
I might state for your information that Chief Drug Inspector Deen, State of Georgia, seized a large amount of marihuana in Columbus, same having already been placed in bundles.
If you desire a report on that marihuana, I can secure same and transmit it to your office.   Please advise.   ---PennState Anslinger Collection Box 9 – File 46

The investigation at Columbus was based on information received from the Chief of Police at Columbus that the soldiers at Fort Benning were being supplied with marihuana cigarettes.   ---PennState Anslinger Collection Box 9 – File 46
(none that we have been able to locate)

While we have not been able to locate any Newspaper accounts relating to the incident, we have (via www ancestry com) been able to locate an official prison record, making mention of Mr. Lyne being a state prisoner.   Thus, proof that the incident did indeed occur.

Note that the records also show that he escaped from prison and (at least from what we know) was never captured and lived happily ever after.

[Key-finder - Case#GA05]


[s]- July 26, 1932 p2A - “Murder of the Night Club Lady” - Fictional Story
[s]- July 27, 1932 p2 - “Murder of the Night Club Lady” - Fictional Story
[s]- June 16, 1934 p 3 -“Reefer Smoker Runs Amuck Damaging L.A. Grocery Store”
[s]- Mar 28, 1938 p2 - “$5,000 Bond for Having Marihuana”
[s]- Dec 5, 1938 p1 - “Five Sentenced to State Prison on dope charges”
[s]- Mar 19, 1939 p1 - “Claim Marihuana Weakens Moral Fiberes of Youth”
[s]- Sep 21, 1949 p1 - “Drug Crazy Youths Held for Slaying”
[s]- Jan 13, 1951 p3 - [AD Is Dope Killing Our Musicians? by Cab Calloway
[s]- Jan 14, 1951 p4 - Dope ring Smashed Near Camp Polk”
[s]- Feb 23, 1951 p2 - “Health and Beauty by Dr. Sophia Brunson [Must read]
[s]- July 26, 1951 p1 “Negro Tenant Farmer Leads Sheriff to Marihuana Crop”
[s]- Aug 9, 1951 p 1 “Burn $1,000,000 Marihuana Crop, Grown to Cure Asthma” [Med]
[s]- Sep 14, 1951 p 5 - “New Orleans Prosecutor Elected VP of Group
“Harden explained that many juveniles have their first experience in the drugs habit by using Marihjana cigarettes.   “Experience teaches us, he said, “that seven out of 10 marihuana users turn to heroin.   Marihuana is not habit forming, but is a stimulant.   When it begins to lose its effect many users take to heroin and become addicts.” [etc]

[s]- Oct 6, 1870 pO_2B - [Medical Ad - looks like a quack] Dr. W.L. Hitchcock’s Liver Medicine:
[Dr. W.L. Hitchcock, of Madison, Georgia, Makes a specialty of treating all persons affected with Cancers, Scrofula, Indolent, Ulcers, etc., etc. He has successfully treated Cancers for the last TWENTY YEARS, without the use of the knife or [ ] merchfist agent.   He began to refer those afflicted to the following certificates of persons who have been cured by his treatment.   They speak for themselves.   etc.   INDIAN HEMP
[s]- Nov 15, 1885 pg 5.   A Remarkable Corn (cannabis mentioned) [NWR]
[s]- Aug 7, 1891 pg 7 - NO Poison in a cigarette except nicotine” [NWR]
[s]- Mar 14, 1894 p5 - Tried to die - Attempted suicide via Cannabis by doctor
[s]- Mar 15, 1894 p10 - Like a Social Fete - attempted suicide via Cannabis
[s]- Mar 29, 1903 pg.D6 - Women and the Home - MED corn
[s]- Mar 29, 1906 pg D6 - “Women and the Home: [NWR] Cannabis MED
[s]- Dec 22, 1907 pg 7 -- “Weeds of Great Value”
[s]- July 5, 1908 pg 7 - “The Tragic Loco Weed”
[s]- Sep 14, 1919 pg. 33 - “Dr. Glackens--Quack and Border Rat” [NWR] Fictional story
[s]- Jan 7, 1920 pg.6 - “Health Talks by William Brady, MD.   --MED [NWR]
[s]- Jan 20, 1920 pg 98 “Health Talks by William Brady, MD -- MED [negative] [NWR]
[s]- Feb 4, 1920 pg 8 “Health Talks by William Brady, MD -- MED [negative] [NWR]
[s]- Oct 5, 1922 p24 - “New Anesthetic Demonstrated by Dr. Hardeman” [Med]
[s]- Dec 20, 1922 pg 10 - “Wallace Reid Case Starts Los Angeles Chief on Drug War” [NWR]
[s]- Aug 19, 1923 pg A8 - Rats Disdain Cheese, But Fall for Lure Of Marijuana Bait”
[s]- April 20, 1924 pg B5 - “Loco-Weed”
[s]- Aug 16, 1924 pg 16 - “Peddler Planned Dope Ring Here, Officers Claim”
[s]- Feb 5, 1926 - “Sensational Crimes are Laid to Hashish” (AP)
[s]- Feb 19, 1926 pg 4 - “Health Talks” [My First Shot of Hasheesh - MED
[s]- May 1, 1927 pg 19 - “Four in Miami Held on Drug Selling charge:
[s]- May 20, 1928 pg2A - “Sale of Marijuana to Minami School Students Is Barred”
[s]- Dec 20, 1928 pg 2 - “Imports of Hashish Urged Made Illegal”
[s]- Sep 27, 1929 pg 22 [Ad] Marihuana by Solid Color Broadcloth Pajamas [NO JOKE]
[s]- Aug 9, 1930 pg 12 - “New Orleans Police Find Narcotic Farm”
[s]- July 12, 1931 pg SM2 - [None Reefer Madness]
[s]- Dec 25, 1932 pg SM11 - [None Reefer Madness]
[s]- May 21, 1933 pg 42 - [None Reefer Madness] My romantic and roaring Mex-Am days
[s]- Sep 17, 1933 pg 5C - Letter C,M. Goethe
[s]- Oct 29, 1933 pg 4C- “New York Skylines”
[s]- Apr 11, 1934 [None Reefer Madness]
[s]- Aug 24, 1934 pg 10 - “Marijuana Weed, Narcotic Plant, Seized in Marietta Street Raid”
[s]- Aug 25, 1934 pg1 - “Informer in Marijuana Raid Here Saved From Angry Mob of Addicts”
[s]- Aug 25, 1934 pg 4 - “Editorial The threat of Marijuana”
[s]- Aug 26, 1934 pg 1A - “Dope Informant Again Threatened:
[s]- Aug 28, 1934 pg10 [Arrest notice]
[s]- Sep 2, 1934 pg 14A - “Raiser of Marijuana Is Granted Freedom”
[s]- Sep 5, 1934 pg 2 - [politician seeks to outlaw MMj]
[s]- Sept 8, 1934 pg 10 - “Man Asks Liberty in Marijuana Case”
[s]- Sep 9, 1934 pg 5B - [Arrest Record] S[]- Oct 16, 1934 pg 5 - “Outlawing Marijuana” [NWR]
[s]- Oct 27, 1934 p6 - “Seller of Marijuana Is Given Year on Gang”
[s]- Feb 21, 1935 pg 12 - “U.S. Narcotic Agent Sees Spread of Marihuana Smoking in Schools” [poor copy, mention of Kernamer case in Oklahoma.]
[s]- Feb 28, 1935 p1 - “Anti-Narcotic Act Passed by House, Sent to governor”
[s]- mar 3, 1935 pg 2K- “W.C.T.U. Editor Reviews Observance of Annual Narcotic Education Week”
[s]- Mar 20, 1935 p17 - “Marijuana Drive Planned in State”
[s]- Sep 6, 1935 p7 - “Agents Destroy Marijuana Farm In Columbus Raid Arrest Woman”
[s]- Dec 7, 1935 pg 3 - “Linder Burns Drug”
[s]- April 15-1936 pg 20 - “Big Marijuana Cache Seized in Mississippi” [Gore File Case] Blue Mountain
[s]- April 26, 1936 pg 4 - [crossword puzzle]
[s]- May 8, 1936 pg 27 [crossword puzzle]
[s]- June 21, 1936 pg 4M - “Reports of Many District Meetings Enthuse State W.C.T.U. Members”
[s]- Oct 4, 1936 pg 10A - “Dope Farm In city” [Gore Case]
[s]- Dec 6, 1936 pg 4 -” When Justice Triumphed” [NWR]
[s]- Feb 3, 1937 pg 8 - “Augusta Spurs Fight on Marihuana’s Sale” (AP)
[s]- Feb 20, 1937 pg 17 - “Governor Proclaims Anti-Narcotic Week” [NWR]
[s]- Mar 14, 1937 pg 6K - Silhouettes [NWR]
[s]- Mar 28, 1937 pg 2K - “Jefferson Clubwomen Hear Program Featuring Aid as Subject”
[s]- May 1,1937 pg 9 - “7 Marijuana Smokers Held at Miami Beach”
[s]- May 4, 1937 pg 2 - “P.T.A. Asked to fight sales of marijuana” (AP)
[s]- May 7, 1937 pg 13 - “Drug Traffic Here in Millions” [Earle Rowell]
[s]- Sep 26, 1937 pg 4K - “Sellers of Weed Must Pay New Tax”
[s]- Oct 2, 1937 pg 6 - “Behind Washington Headlines” by H.R. Baukhage - Real Reefer Madness
[s]- Jan 9, 1938 pg 8_9 - “Ambush” Reefer Madness
[s]- Jan 15, 1938 pg 13 - “Woman’s Club Announces Program of Interesting Future Activities” [Move was shown]
[s]- Jan 17, 1938 pg 4 - “Silhouettes”
[s]- Feb 6, 1938 pg 6K - “State Federation President Writes Impression of Visit to Washington”
[s]- Feb 11, 1938 pg 28 - “Girl Blames Dope” (AP)
[s]- Feb 12, 1938 pg 3 - “Reefers Make Walking Sea Easy, Says Expert in Girls Slaying Trial” (AP)
[s]- Feb 13, 1938 pg 12A - “Bunny Sohl completes Defense In Robbery-Slaying of Bus Driver” (AP)
[s]- Feb 17, 1938 pg 6 -“Silhouettes” [Good Reading]
[s]- Mar 13, 1938 pg 9A - “Marihuana Arrest”
[s]- May 14, 1934 pg 1 - “Georgia County and Peace Officers Re-elect Winslett as President”
[s]- May 15, 1938 pg SM3 - “A Doctor Tries Marihuana” pure Reefer Madness
[s]- May 15, 1938 pg 7A - “Women Held Keen to Follow Laws”
[s]- July 25, 1938 pg 15 - “State Briefs” [Arrest notice]
[s]- July 31, 1938 pg SM2 - “Will Justice Triumph” [NWR]
[s]- Aug 1, 1938 pg 14 - Cows Get Playful Jag on Diet of Marijuana” (AP)
[s]- Aug 5, 1938 pg 5 - “Six are Arrested in Marihuana Raids”
[s]- Aug 6, 1938 pg 10 - “Three Bound Over in Marihuana Case”
[s]- Aug 8, 1938 pg 6 - [crossword puzzle]
[s]- Aug 14, 1938 pg M6 - “High Spot Culled from Reports of General Federation Chairmen”
[s]- Aug 23, 1938 pg 16 - Radio Programs”
[s]- Sep 30, 1938 pg 23 - [Crossword puzzle]
[s]- Oct 5, 1938 pg 6 - “Federal Agents Find Huge Marijuana Crop”
[s]- Oct 12, 1938 pg 9 - Hard-Luck Pair Tells U.S. Jury Erosion and Marihuana Don’t Mix” by Lee Fuhrman
[s]- Oct 16, 1938 pg 12A -“Marihuana Pair Given Year in Jail”
[s]- Nov 27, 1938 pg 2K- “Mrs. H.B. Ritchie gives Account of Recent Forum Held in N.Y.” [NWR]
[s]- Feb 11, 1939 pg 6 - “Man-Made Crimes, Not Bible Ones, fill Uncle Sam’s Penitentiary Here”
[s]- Feb 12, 1939 pg 13 - “W.C.T.U. to observe F.E. Willard Week”
[s]- Mar 15, 1939 pg 10 - “Love Comes Last” [novel NWR]
[s]- Mar 16, 1939 pg 20 - “Love Comes Last” [novel NWR]
[s]- Mar 18, 1939 pg 8 - “Love Comes Last” [novel NWR]
[s]- Aug 4, 1939 pg 6 - “Woman Innocently Grows Hedge-- It’s marijuana”
[s]- Aug 9, 1939 pg 6 - “He Smoked Hay”
[s]- Nove 27, 1939 pg 4 - “Fair Enough” by Westbrook Pegler [NWR]
[s]- Dec 8, 1939 - “Loco Weed”

[Wanted ]- Sept 11, 1935 - Editorial



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