(by Student #33 AMH 2010 1115)
I chose to research a man by the name of Daniel J Ruth. The reason why I found this case interesting, is because his state penitentiary document stated that he was convicted of murder in the second degree.
I have never known or had the interest to learn about a murderer, so I figured that in this case I might
learn about the impact that murdering someone may have on your life. Daniel was only 22 years old at the time of his arrest, he started his prison term in November of 1917. He was born in Washington
County, Idaho. His date of birth was August 30, 1896.
Daniel was described as having a medium build and stood at 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 147 lbs.
His hair color was dark brown, and his eyes were light blue. His teeth were in fair condition, and he
was clean shaven. Daniel was religious as a child, and even attended Sunday school at a Roman
Catholic church. He only attended school until the eighth grade and left home at the age of 17.
Daniel's father, (James Ruth) was born in Ireland. He entered the United States through the port of
New York. His mother (Nellie Ruth) was born in Maine. Daniel had an older sister named Abbie Ruth,
born in February of 1893. He also had a younger brother named Hugh Ruth, who was born in July of
1897. All three siblings were born in Idaho.
Daniel must have been let out from prison, because as I was looking through the census of 1940,
Daniel's occupation was a shift boss in the industrial field. The responsibilities of a shift boss include
supervision over his/her crew, to ensure that the workers are working safely, and to monitor efficient
development performance. In the same census, I also learned that Daniel was married to a woman by
the name of Eva Levine Ruth, who was a Russian. They had a 14 year old boy who was born in
Connecticut. Daniel died on April 18, 1959 in his home in Spokane, Idaho.
In conclusion, Daniel James Ruth was an average man who was convicted of second degree
murder and let out of prison. He decided to turn his life around to become a family man. So he
married Eva Levine, a woman who was born in Russia. He provided for his family until the day he