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Published June 26, 2012, 08:01 PM

Re-enactment of 88-year-old Murder Held in Devils Lake

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A group of history buffs are bringing a piece of Devils Lake history to life this week. They're re-enacting the murder of a police officer nearly 90 years ago in hopes of sharing the story with a new generation.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

DEVILS LAKE, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A group of history buffs are bringing a piece of Devils Lake history to life this week.

They're re-enacting the murder of a police officer nearly 90 years ago in hopes of sharing the story with a new generation.

Those who put on the annual re-enactment say it's becoming more and more popular every year, especially with younger audiences.

It culminates with a bang.

Police Officer Charles Sneesby's life ended 88 years ago after he found six men robbing the Devils Lake Post Office.

"Everyone agreed that the murder of a policeman in Devils Lake was a pretty big-time event, and they wanted to have something that put that in front of the public," Jim Hunt, who played the part of George "Goldie" Nolan, said.

Hunt hatched the idea to re-enact the murder four years ago. He wrote the script and plays the gunman. Actors perform the play at the Old Post Office Museum, where the murder actually happened.

"The more we do that and the more we vary that living history so to speak, the more interest we create in the museum," George Zenk, who playes "Charles Sneesby," said.

The performance struck a chord, especially with younger members of the audience.

"I really enjoyed it more than I though I would. I thought it was more talk instead of action," Jayden Lindenberg said.

In the end, they say Sneesby's death keeps history alive in Devils Lake.

"The more we do that and the more we vary that living history so to speak, the more interest we create in the museum," Zenk said.

The murder went unsolved for nine years until Goldie Nolan was caught.

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