Item 376G0203 - John B. Kawacinski, killer of Harry I. Pawluk, at Multnomah County Jail

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John B. Kawacinski, killer of Harry I. Pawluk, at Multnomah County Jail


  • 1921-03 (Creation)


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Head and shoulders portrait of a man at the Multnomah County Jail. He is sitting in a chair and facing to the right. A cropped version of this photograph was published on Page 1 of the Oregon Journal city edition on Monday, March 7, 1921, under the headline “Slayer Of His Shipmate.” The photograph had the following caption: “John Boleslaw Kawacinski, known also as John Bruno, who has confessed to the killing of Harry I. Pawluk, second cook on the steamship Montague, arrested at Seattle Saturday and now being held in the Multnomah county jail while real facts of grim story of debt, smuggling, and intrigue are being straightened out by the authorities.” The photograph accompanied a story with the headline “Murderer of Pawluk Views Crime Scene” and the subheading “John Kawacinski, Who Confessed He Killed Shipmate on Barnes Road, Pleads Self-Defense; Police Look for Woman in Case.” On Thursday, April 14, 1921, the Journal reported that Kawacinski had been convicted of second-degree murder, and on Monday, April 18, 1921, the paper reported that he had been sentenced to life in the Oregon State Penitentiary. Image note: The text “Bruno, John / Murderer of Pawluk” is written on the negative sleeve.

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Oregon Journal Negative Collection; Org. Lot 1368; Box 376; 376G0203

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