Bestseller’s West Seattle connection

January 21, 2007 11:13 pm
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We wondered for a few weeks why our site logs showed a couple people every day finding WSB while searching for “Rolf Neslund.” We knew the name — in case you don’t, he’s the ship pilot you can thank for the West Seattle high bridge; he helped smash a freighter into the old WS bridge in 1978, accelerating the process of getting a new one (which sounds like it was as tangled a process, till then, as the current viaduct mess). Then Neslund gained double infamy as a murder victim whose body was never found. We eventually learned he’s back in the news, so to speak, because his tale is at the heart of Ann Rule’s latest true-crime book, which was on the bestseller lists till a few weeks back. (The author lives not all that far south of West Seattle, we understand; also we discovered she keeps a lively blog.)

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