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With the nickname “Blueberry Tommy,” Thomas Johnson sounds like a harmless and even friendly historical figure, but nothing could be further from the truth. Historians don’t know much about Johnson except that he was a serial killer.
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6-22-1914. Many “Blueberry Kids” confuse officers. Man wanted is “Blueberry Tom” Johnson. Fairbanks Alaska Citizen.
6-29-1914. Clew found to Alaska crime. Fairbanks Alaska Citizen.
7-20-1914. Launch Seal Pup found. Fairbanks Alaska Citizen.
8-8-1914. Mute reminders of the Koyukuk tragedy. Iditarod Pioneer.
10-12-1914. Will recover body. Fairbanks Alaska Citizen.
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