Local retiree has eerie connection to 1923 Oregon train robbery book


August 4, 2022

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Columbia County resident Jim Peterson holds a rare book, "All For Nothing," which is inscribed with the signatures on not only one of its two authors, but also of Ray De Autremont, the man pictured on the cover standing in front of the entrance to the now infamous Tunnel 13.

DAYTON–It's called a doppelganger and it means "a ghostly double of a living person," or "evil twin," or "a remarkably similar double."

The definition that fits here is the last of the three. In October, 1923, Roy Nichols, the grandfather of Columbia County resident Jim Peterson, was arrested in LaGrande, Ore., on suspicion of murder and train robbery.

Nichols was doubly cursed. He not only b...

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