(During The Reefer Madness Era)
ANSLINGER'S GORE FILE PAGE
Utah really didn’t have much in the way of Gore File cases, but what it lacked in numbers it made up for by way of its rather interesting history. According to Charles Whitebread 
“[referencing Mexican’s] . . . we went and did a careful study of the actual immigration pattern and found, to our surprise, that Utah didn't have then, and doesn't have now, a really substantial Mexican-American population. So it had to be something else. . . . Utah unique in American history -- its association with the Mormon church. . . . In 1910, the Mormon Church . . . decreed polygamy to be a religious mistake and it was banned as a matter of the Mormon religion. Once that happened, there was a crackdown on people who wanted to live in what they called "the traditional way". So, just after 1910, a fairly large number of Mormons left the state of Utah, . . [for Mexico . . . But, by 1914] . . .most of the Mormons were not happy there, . . . they didn't feel comfortable there, they wanted to go back to Utah where their friends were and after 1914 did.Recalling that most of the original State Marihuana laws were created to keep those black (or brown depending upon geography) peoples in their place. Utah’s situation was indeed very unique.
However, despite the laws origins, as can be seen from our newspaper index it is obvious that many of those arrested (at least in the 1920’s, 30’s) were primarily people with Mexican sir-names.
HARRY ANSLINGERS GORE FILE CASES:
Name: Robert Davis /Martha Jones - Location: - Nephi, Ut. - Date: - Dec. 17, 1967
What the Narc’s were claimingNEWSPAPER ACCOUNTS:
[S]- ProvoDailyHerald1967-12-18p2- “Double Stabbing In Nephi Hospitalizes Californians”
Double Stabbing in Nephi Hospitalizes Californians[S]- SaltLakeTribune1967-12-18p4b- “Double Stabbing Leaves 1 Poor, 1 Satisfactory”:
NEPHI, Ulah (IPI) -- Two Carlsbad, Calif., motorist were hospitalized following a double stabbing here Sunday. Juab County Sheriff Durne Sperry said Martha G. Jones, 24, suffered two stab wounds in the back. Robert Davis, 27, was stabbed in the abdomen. Trooper Rex Hall of the Utah Highway Patrol took the motorist to Nephi Saturday night after their small foreign car . . . Off U.S. 91 about 19 miles . . . With of Levan. Both are from Carlsbad, Calif., the sheriff said. They were brought to Nephi . . Said. They checked into a Nephi motel, where the incident reportedly occurred Sunday about 2 a.m. . . . The woman was stabbed with pieces of a broken mirror, the Sheriff said. She is reported in satisfactory condition at the Juab County Hospital here. . . .more . . “[S]- SaltLakeTribune1967-12-19p13- “Sheriff Probes Juab Knifing”
[S]- SaltLakeTribune1967-12-20p3d- “Juab Checking Material in Knifing Probe”
[S]- SaltLakeTribune1967-12-23p30- “Chemists Report Material in Car Marijuana”
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UTAH’s UNSOLVED/UNIDENTIFIED CASES:
Despite our best efforts, we have not been able to locate any specific information about the following incident:
Name: Park Robb - Location: Salt Lake City - Date: - Sept. 30, 1935
What the Narc’s were claimingAnd while we have (at this time) not been able to locate any written records of the arrest, no newspaper articles, no police/court records, etc. We were able to locate the mention of one Robert Park (www ancestry com) in the 1920 census (age 6 at the time) which correspond to the individual in question.
In addition we were able to locate the following newspaper article, which while not stating his exact name, due to the dates and incidents involved, we feel “might” be related.
The Salt Lake Tribune - [s]- Sept 29, 1935 - P14 - “Alleged Marijuana Deal Jails Couple”However, without a more thorough investigation, it is impossible to know if any of the above info is related.
Who was Dr. Besley?
We don’t know, but every state seems to have developed an unusual character during the Reefer Madness era. Utah being no exception. According to the Harry Anslinger collection located at PennState University:
- “The History of the Non-Medical Use of Drugs in the United States” by Charles Whitebread, (A Speech to the California Judges Association 1995 annual conference) - Can be found on the internet
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