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Jake Smitz had been the business partner of Mr. Jade. In 1918, they argued about the prospect of selling their nursery business. Smitz menaced Jade with a knife, and Jade shot Smitz twice in the head, killing him.

Jade and his young son Chet then sealed Smitz's body in a tree on their property. It was not discovered until 1964.


Young Jake Smitz, with Mr. Jade