“GEORGE SITTS MANHUNT” PROGRAM @ THE LIBRARY
Crook County Library is hosting the program “The George Sitts Manhunt of 1946” by Tim Velder on Friday, April 21 at the library meeting room in Sundance. The program will begin at7:00 p.m. and is free to the public.
In January and February 1946, fugitive/killer George Sitts put fear into the citizens of the northern Black Hills and northeastern Wyoming when he murdered two lawmen on the north edge of Spearfish, then disappeared. The manhunt went on for days in snowy and cold conditions, before the trail turned hot in Crook County.
Velder will bring discuss facts, timeline, trivia, and an analysis of the event that paralyzed the area and put a fearful memory into people who were on the front lines of this forgotten episode in local history. The discussion will highlight some of Sitts’ encounters with local people and whether or not he was ever brought to justice.
Tim Velder is a communications specialist with Powder River Energy and a native of the northern Black Hills area. He has lived in Sundance for more than 5 years with his wife Gerri and children Gabrielle, Christian, and Grace. Tim has been collecting information on the story of George Sitts since his college days at Black Hills State University in the early 1990s. He hauled a pile of history research materials with him in the 2012 move to Sundance from Butte County, South Dakota. Although still unpacking, he still has research papers he presented at various conferences and historical society meetings. Tim’s former career in the newspaper business allowed him access to interviews and archival materials that brings the the story of George Sitts to life through news and crime files.