Well, it appears that other than the Spokane Spokesman-Review and a couple Spokane television stations there’s not much interest in the apparent murder-for-hire of a Spokane businessman last month, a crime for which a murder arrest was made earlier this week. The Spokane police keep talking about a North Dakota connection, but have not arrested the North Dakotan (actually a transplant from Florida named James Henrikson) who is believed to be behind the murder of his business partner, Douglas Carlile. If you missed yesterday’s story about all this, you can read it here.
Henrikson’s home, apparently somewhere just outside Watford City, was searched by the FBI this week, and according to news reports, agents seized vehicles, documents and weapons found at the residence. But Henrikson, from what I can learn, has still not been arrested. The news reports from Spokane media say that police are claiming “legal reasons” for not arresting Henrikson, or even going so far as officially naming Henrikson as a suspect. But Henrikson’s name shows up more than 50 times in the 12-page charging document I posted here yesterday. If you didn’t look at it, you can by clicking here.
The Bismarck Tribune has been reprinting the Spokesman-Review’s stories the last two mornings, and it looks like they have now assigned a reporter to the story, but no other North Dakota news media outlet that I can find is covering the story, except for the weekly Watford City paper, the McKenzie County Farmer, which is digging into the story but doesn’t publish again until next Wednesday. The paper sent a photographer out to Henrikson’s rural home yesterday to shoot a photo (a ballsy thing to do, I thought, and kind of scary, too, a friend of mine out there told me) but they didn’t see any activity at the house. No one seems to know if Henrikson is even around right now.
The Tribune’s stories are going to be a day late, but the two Spokane TV stations are doing a pretty amazing job of covering this, so I’m going to provide links to their stories. Be sure and watch the videos—you’ll see what big city news operations can provide. The KX people here in Bismarck often do a pretty good job, but this is real television journalism. The photo of Henrikson with this post is from one of the TV stations, which carried a “rogue’s gallery” of about a dozen of what looked like police department booking photos on its website. They show a youthful, athletic-looking young fellow with a crew cut, and there are shots with at least three different shirts on, so my guess is they were arrest photos from earlier days—Henrikson’s record is a mile long, according to the stories I saw yesterday, and includes arrests for rape, assault, criminal trespass, burglary, theft, unlawful use of a weapon and sexual abuse.
Out in Spokane, meanwhile, the alleged murderer, Timothy Suckow remains in jail, and local police are running ballistics tests on a weapon they found yesterday which belonged to Suckow and may be related to the murder of Carlile. They should have the results of those tests pretty soon.
Here are some links with more info. I’ll try to keep you posted on this stuff.
One more KHQ story naming Henrikson