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The People vs. John Arensdorf

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Hidden : 8/28/2016
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This is Sioux City, Iowa's first Where I Go cache. It has 8 stages or zones with the final zone being the physical geocache with a log to sign. Players must complete the first 7 zones AND sign the log in the 8th zone for their find to count. Special thanks and credit to local geocacher's: wy0v and KD0XD for helping to test this Where I Go cartridge before it was published. They get credit for the FTF during testing. Players will need to BYOP.

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Depending on what type of device players use they may need to conduct some research to help with downloading and installing the cartridge correctly. Android smartphone users can download the Where You Go app from the Play Store.

Depending on the type of device and mode of transportation players use for this Where I Go cache will determine how long it will take to complete it. During the testing phase of this Where I Go cache it was determined the most efficient mode of travel was either walking or by bicycle and a hand held device such as a cellular connected smartphone is the most efficient device vs. a tablet or lap top computer. This Where I Go should reasonably be able to be completed in no more than an hour and a half. Walking the route from zone to zone should only take 30 to 45 min. depending on how long it takes players to answer the questions. Riding a bicycle should only take 15 to 30 min. but driving a car can take as long as an hour or more because of the nature of the one way streets and issues with finding parking. Which ever mode of travel players choose, they shall follow all traffic laws and city ordinances.

The story is a combination of historical fact and fantastic fiction about Reverend George C. Haddock. Hopefully it will take players on an adventure and they will learn something along the way.

The year is 2386. The law has been changed in the state of Iowa that allows for time travel to collect evidence not previously discovered or available to retry murder cases where the accused was acquitted on suspicious circumstances where a conviction of guilty should have been reasonable applied. You are a time travelling investigator assigned to the last case of your honorable and illustrious career. This may be your toughest case ever. As a direct descendant of one of Sioux City’s most famous murder victims, Reverend George C. Haddock you travel back in to gather new evidence to posthumously convict his murderer, John Arensdorf, who was acquitted after two trials in 1886.

Iowa had passed legislation banning the production and sale of alcohol. But breweries and saloons could pay a fee or fine to remain in business. Prohibition advocate and self proclaimed enforcer of the prohibition laws, Reverend George C. Haddock was against such laws and thought the law was clear on the banning the production and sale of alcohol. He would gather evidence that the breweries and saloons were violating the laws and testified in numerous court cases on the issue. It was well known what he was doing to try and shut down the breweries and saloons in Sioux City and he had made a lot of enemies doing so. On the night of August 3, 1886 Reverend George C. Haddock was shot and killed by brewery foreman John Arensdorf near the corner of 3rd and Water Streets, just west of downtown Sioux City, Iowa. He had just returned with a fellow pastor from Greenville, Iowa where they were collecting evidence for another court case regarding a violation of Iowa’s prohibition laws. They had just finished taking the buggy to the livery barn and parted ways for their respective homes. While Reverend Haddock was walking home for the evening at about 10:00 pm that evening he was approached by John Arensdorf and one other person. The two confronted Reverend Haddock, there was a fight, then the gunshot that killed the reverend. Though it was unclear in 1886 who fired the gun, John Arensdorf was brought to trial shortly after. The first was a hung jury, at the second trial he was acquitted. It is thought the second jury was bribed and bought off to help gain his acquittal.

It is now 2386, 500 years after what has become one of Sioux City, Iowa’s most famous murders, the assassination of Reverend George C. Haddock. You are a direct descendant of George C. Haddock and a lead investigator for the Iowa Attorney General getting ready for retirement. Your career has been investigating cold cases that Iowa legislation allows investigators to travel back in time to collect evidence for such cases with the intent of bringing those accused to trial and convicted of their crimes of the past. Even though it is a posthumous conviction it is recorded as a lawful conviction and the case is then closed. The law also allows for the retrial of accused murderers who were acquitted under suspicious or less than legitimate circumstances. Time travel is necessary to gather the evidence as much of it has been lost to time. When Iowa lawmakers were deciding on whether or not to pass the legislation that now allows investigators such as yourself to efficiently do your job you were a proponent of such legislation when it came to evidence for cold cases that have never been solved or closed. But as an honorable citizen as originally taught by your ancestor George C. Haddock you were against the legislation allowing for retrials after the accused had been acquitted, regardless of the circumstances as to why or how. As such during your esteemed career as a time travelling investigator you only worked cold cases. Your close rate for such cases, even though the accused was convicted posthumously, is the highest in the state attorney generals office. 

Each case that an investigator works has a time limit of how long it can be investigated before it is brought to trial. The time starts when the case is re-opened. If the evidence is not collected in time the case is forever closed and can never be re-opened under this new legislation. With most of these cases the time limit to gather evidence, once opened, is only 1 week. If the investigator does not have all the necessary evidence and his or her report filed by the end of the 7 day week the case is forever closed. If the investigation is complete the case goes to trial. The trial has no time limit and can take as long as necessary.

The defense assigned to each case does their own investigation to try and prove the accused innocent. They too travel back in time to gather evidence contrary to the prosecutors. The defense also uses tactics to cause the time to run out affecting the investigators ability to file their report in time for the case to be brought to trial. One reason for the 7 day time frame is that is the limit of the time jump window. If an investigator misses the time jump intervals to return to their own time they have to wait until the next available jump window which can take up to another 7 days. An investigator is not allowed to file a report in the past to be read and used in 2386. 

Just weeks before your retirement you are called into speak with the Iowa Attorney General, who is a direct descendant of the attorney general in 2016. You think it is to be thanked for your service. Instead it is to send you on your last assignment. It turns out to be the type of assignment you have been able to avoid because of your convictions and opposition to part of the legislation. But it is an assignment only you are suited for as it has to do with convicting the murderer of your direct ancestor Reverend George C. Haddock. A man you have studied extensively throughout your life and have tried very hard to learn from and emulate. Not one to question orders you accept the assignment from the attorney general himself as you an honorable person who respects authority.The attorney general empathizes and respects your personal feelings and convictions on the issue with the legislation but he has every confidence you will do your job with the honor and conviction you have always performed at. 

The attorney general has advised you leave for the year 2016  right away to collect evidence that had been lost to time to retry John Arensdorf posthumously with the intention of finding him guilty of the murder and have it recorded as such.  He has also advised you to report directly to him as he is going to bring this case to trial himself.  He also tells you the defense team is made up of direct descendants of John Arensdorf, some of which you respect and even call friend. Even so you understand the defense team will do everything in their legal powers to prevent you from completing your investigation in time. If they succeed it will be the first time in your career it has ever happened.

This case is unlike others you have investigated. With cold cases it was unclear who the suspect was. Your investigation always centered on who the suspect was thought to be and that person was either cleared through your investigation and new suspect was investigated or not. With this investigation it is very clear who the murderer is, John Arensdorf, and that he faced trial twice. The first was a hung jury the second he was acquitted by the jury. It has come to light the acquittal was granted by a jury Arensdorf was either friends with or had allegedly paid off with bribes. The goal is not to find out who the suspect is but gather the information from the Sioux City Public Museum and Research Center in the 21st Century. You will also need to visit the murder location and other places within Sioux City, Iowa that pertain to George C. Haddock. Much of this information and locations have been lost to time by the year 2386. As such the evidence is incomplete. It is unknown exactly where the evidence is located. All that is known is it is located somewhere in the vicinity of downtown Sioux City.

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