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Ferne Margaret Karset (1928-1964)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Monday, February 17, 1964


    No plea was entered or bail sought by Knud Richard Karset, 40, who is charged with the non-capital murder of his 36-year-old wife Fern Margaret Karset. He appeared in court today.

    The charge was laid following a report to RCMP early Sunday morning by Mr. Karset that his wife was dead. Police said the charge was laid in connection with what they termed "the brutal beating and subsequent death of Karset's wife."

    Mr. Karset is the well-known proprietor of the Keebird Men's Wear store on Main St, in Whitehorse.

    The incident occurred in the Karset home either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

    Police said the body was sent to a pathologist in Edmonton today where an autopsy will be performed.

    Karset is represented by Whitehorse lawyer Jim King and D. S. Collins is appearing for the Crown. The preliminary hearing is set for March 9.

    The crime scene reports given during the trial and published in the newspaper were horrific.

    On June 11, 1964, Knude Richard "Dick" Karset was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He spent one year at Essondale psychiatric hospital and was then released with some conditions including not returning to the Yukon. In 1979 he was in Port Moody, BC.