WEST SEATTLE HISTORY: Unsolved deadly bombing, 60 years ago today

Via Twitter, @DuePNW pointed out that HistoryLink is noting the 60th anniversary of a West Seattle murder that remains unsolved to this day: The bomb that killed Pearl Kongsle on September 2, 1959. The case has remained open all these years; three years ago, we featured Mark Jaroslaw‘s video spotlighting an SPD “cold case” detective who was making one last try as he got ready to retire:

Dateline West Seattle: The coldest Cold Case from JaroslawMedia on Vimeo.

The site where this happened, at 46th/Othello, is planned for redevelopment.

5 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE HISTORY: Unsolved deadly bombing, 60 years ago today"

  • Steve Shepard September 2, 2019 (3:58 pm)

    After all these years:  I remember as an 8 year old child living on 47th SW near the Ferry Dock, hearing of the bombing.  It was highly unusual for Seattle back in the 1950’s.  Does anyone have info about another incident off Lincoln Park when a yacht sank, drowning several people?  Probably 1958 plus/minus a year or two.  Another awful childhood memory.

  • ttt September 2, 2019 (8:26 pm)

    It was interesting to read the original newspaper article. I’d like more west seattle history articles in the blog please. A look back in time is always interesting.

    • Lacey September 2, 2019 (9:46 pm)

      Agree!! Would love a daily “this day in history” on this blog!!

  • Cid September 3, 2019 (8:04 am)

    After reading the article, it sure seems the family was targeted. None of the deaths were solved nor a motive…very interesting. 

  • Jim September 9, 2019 (3:29 am)

    Check out the book West Side Story for a great history of West Seattle from the 1800s to the 1980s. Pegasus sometimes has a copy for sale.https://www.amazon.com/West-Side-Story-Seattle-Herald/dp/B000EVYEEI

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