The Saratoga Sun -

Twisted tale emerges


Erik Gantt

Participants in the Saratoga Museum Historic Trek examine the remains of Johann Malten's truck Saturday. Several stories were shared by Gene Carrico, who owns land adjacent to where the Malten site is located. Stories still circulate around the Valley on the mystery of what happened to Malten.

On Saturday 25 participants shared the twisted tale of murder in the Sierra Madres.

The events of Oct. 31, 1945 were discussed throughout the day-long Saratoga Historical and Cultural Association trek that began with a memorial to two fallen Game Wardens and ended at the site of the murders.

As the group moved from honoring Bill Lakanen, Rawlins Deputy Game Warden, and Don Simpson, Saratoga Deputy Game Warden, discussion turned toward motives for Johann Malten to commit the murders and whether or not he survived the incident.

We may never know the answer to whether Malten died in the cabin...

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