Alias  Ray Olson
The complete
story behind the
1939 Chequamegon
Forest Manhunt
Today, few recall the story. And those who do, don't know the whole story. The facts behind the 1939 manhunt and the lives of Delores and Ray Olson inspired this thrilling novel.
Sample chapter and some pix at bottom of page. Scroll down for upcoming PowerPoint presentations.

ALIAS RAY OLSON (Ships Free!)

$ 17.99 USD

A thrilling novel that lays out the whole truth about the 1939 Chequamegon Forest manhunt!  Order yours today!

A new novel by James Brakken, Bayfield County’s author of award-winning historical fiction.

A fugitive wanted for a double homicide in Hayward leads a posse of 200 deputies & FBI agents on Wisconsin’s largest manhunt. An eye-opening, fact-based novel. Brakken’s thrilling historical fiction at its best.

Historical Fiction based on 1939 press reports, interviews, and court documents.

300 pages. Illustrated.

Now booking community club talks & book signings. 715-798-3163 or treasureofnamakagon@gmail.com

Watch here for upcoming  book launch updates.

You may have heard bits and pieces of the tale of murder fugitive, Ray Olson. Now it's time you learned the whole story---the story that the government didn't want folks to know. It all started with slot machines being sabotaged. Ray Olson, a guide and handyman for  several area resorts, was singled out by the police. An attempt to bring him in led to a high-speed chase through Hayward, then a stolen car, and finally a double-homicide on the Chippewa Flowage. This led to Wisconsin's largest-ever manhunt and a series of amazing close calls and at least 8 escapes as Ray Olson sought refuge in the Chequamegon Forest. His plight altered life in the north.

Scroll down & join James Brakken at one of the upcoming PowerPoint slide discussions and learn the truth!

Contact James at 715-798-3163 to schedule a presentation for your club or organization.

More shows coming soon!

Thursday, June 27. Grand View. 6:30 PM. James Brakken’s Alias Ray Olson PowerPoint slide show. Open to all.

Thursday, June 29. Forest Lodge Library in Cable. James Brakken’s Alias Ray Olson PowerPoint slide show. 6:30 p.m. Open to all.

A northern Wisconsin Classic!

Researched and written by James Brakken, Bayfield County’s author of award-winning historical fiction novels and short stories.

Illustrated.

Now booking community club talks & book signings. 715-798-3163


Upcoming talks:

Watch here for upcoming  book launch updates.

You may have heard bits and pieces of the tale of murder fugitive, Ray Olson. Now it's time you learned the whole story---the story that the government didn't want folks to know. It all started with slot machines being sabotaged. Ray Olson, a guide and handyman for  several area resorts, was singled out by the police. An attempt to bring him in led to a high-speed chase through Hayward, then a stolen car, and finally a double-homicide on the Chippewa Flowage. This led to Wisconsin's largest-ever manhunt and a series of amazing close calls and at least 8 escapes as Ray Olson sought refuge in the Chequamegon Forest. His plight altered life in the north.

Scroll down & join James Brakken at one of the upcoming PowerPoint slide discussions and learn the truth!

Contact James at 715-798-3163 to schedule a presentation for your club or organization.

More shows coming soon!

Thursday, June 27. Grand View. 6:30 PM. James Brakken’s Alias Ray Olson PowerPoint slide show. Open to all.

Thursday, June 29. Forest Lodge Library in Cable. James Brakken’s Alias Ray Olson PowerPoint slide show. 6:30 p.m. Open to all.

Thursday, April 27. Weiss Library in Hayward.James Brakken’s Alias Ray Olson PowerPoint slide show. 7 p.m. Open to all.


Thursday, May 4. Namakagon Community Club.James Brakken’s Alias Ray Olson PowerPoint slide show. 7 p.m. CTH M & D. Open to all.


Friday & Saturday, May 5 & 6, Book Signing. Outdoor Expo, Lakewoods Resort, Cable. All 8 of James Brakken’s books will be featured. No PowerPoint show.


Sunday, May 14. Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center book discussion. James Brakken’s Alias Ray Olson, 2 – 3:30 p.m. PowerPoint slide show. Open to all. Refreshments. See BadgerValley.com for details.


Thursday, June 1. Sawyer County AARP Chapter book discussion. James Brakken’s Alias Ray Olson. Hayward Senior Center, 2 – 3 p.m. PowerPoint slide show. Open to all. Refreshments.


More presentations and book signings coming soon. Please check often. Contact James at 715-798-3163 to schedule a presentation for your club or organization.






NOW BOOKING TALKS TO LAKE ASSOCIATIONS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS.


CALL 715-798-3163 or EMAIL treasureofnamakagon@gmail.com


 

 


More photos below.

Chapter 1 

June 17, 1939. T wo Sawyer County patrol cars sped down Highway B toward northwest Wisconsin’s Chippewa Flowage. Turning off the highway toward Deerfoot Lodge, Sheriff George Seehuetter signaled the car behind to stop. “I want three men to drop back into the woods and circle the cabin from the right. Three more from the left. At exactly eight forty-five, Deputy Hamblin, Cullie, and I will move in. If he runs for it, don’t let him get past you. But remember, Olson hasn’t been convicted of anything yet. Nobody shoots unless I give the order.” The three teams of three men took up their positions and waited until time came for the circle to tighten. Then … “Ray Olson, this is the Sawyer County Sheriff. Come out with your hands where I can see them.” No response. “Give up, Olson. It’s the only way out.” Again, nothing. “We don’t want any trouble. Come out with your hands up.” Still no reply. Hamblin tried the door, finding it locked. Cullie Johnson grabbed a shovel leaning against the wall. He broke the latch on the second swing. Seehuetter pulled the door open. A hooked screen door came next. “C'mon, Ray,” said Hamblin. “This is your last chance. Either you come out or we’re comin’ in.” Still no response. The sheriff nodded to Cullie who forced the shovel between the screen door and jamb. He gave a twist, then kicked open the door. The three lawmen peered into the dark room. There, with one foot on the bed, the other on a wooden crate, loomed the figure of Ray Olson aiming a shotgun at them. Each man felt his blood run cold upon hearing the click of the hammer being cocked.


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