I consider the crime in which these brothers were involved among the most serious in the criminal annals of this state.
—Special Prosecutor George Neuner
The DeAutremont brothers were looking for a big score. They brought dynamite, guns and a getaway car. On October 11, 1923, at the summit of the Siskiyou Mountains in Southern Oregon, the three young men held up a passenger train with disastrous consequences. Their rash actions resulted in the tragic deaths of three Southern Pacific trainmen and one U.S. Mail clerk, unleashing a public outcry that still rings through Oregon’s history.
This October, History Press West looks forward to a new book by author Scott Mangold chronicling the Tragedy at Southern Oregon Tunnel 13:
In this riveting account, rail historian Scott Mangold draws on interviews, in-depth research and previously unpublished maps and photographs to document the events at Tunnel 13. Join Mangold as he chronicles the resulting four-year manhunt and eventual conviction of the DeAutremonts and provides insight into the lives derailed by the robbery’s bitter legacy.
Tragedy at Southern Oregon Tunnel 13: DeAutremonts Hold Up the Southern Pacific by Scott Mangold will be available October 2013 from the History Press and Southern Oregon stores.
Watch Krystle Henderson’s News 10 interview with author Scott Mangold by following this link.