SPOKANE, Wash. - The owners of a Spokane shop called Zuzu's Urban Archaeology recently discovered that the store has a spooky past.
The owners of the shop take in and repurpose old artifacts that each have their own story. However, what they did not know until recently, was that the building where that holds their shop had a bizarre history of its own.
As the saying goes, those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it. However, in the rugged, little storefront on East Sprague, history is not only repeated it is repurposed.
"We've converted it to a shelf because it's no longer useful as a door," sad Steven Wilson one of the owners of Zuzu's Urban Archaeology as he showed off one of their antiques.
Steven Wilson and his fiancée Brenda restore historic artifacts, dressers, shelves, and even old telephones.
"The Ford memorabilia is from the 1920s and we have china here from the 1950s," Wilson explained. "We have a sled from the 1920s. "
The owners can trace the past with each step they take within the store. However, about a week ago, Steven said he heard a different set of steps.
"It was so real," Steven said. "I stuck my head around the corner and there was nobody and I thought you just are letting your imagination get away with you."
However, it is possible he was not letting his imagination get away from him. History records showed that the store was an artifact of its own.
Sixty-eight years ago, records show that a man was hanged for something that took place in the back room of the shop.
In 1944, a sign painter and his wife were throwing an after party when one guest overstayed his welcome.
"It would have happened about right here," Steven said.
After making breakfast, police said a man named Woodrow Wilson Clark grabbed an axe and went on a three-person killing spree in the back room of what is now the antique shop.
However, knowing what happened at their shop in the past does not make Steven or his fiancée Brenda see their shop any differently.
"I find it pretty fitting," Brenda said.
"It's just kind of something that happened in the past," Steven said.
"Maybe we might have our priest come over and bless it," Brenda said.
That triple murder committed more than 70-years ago is the last crime someone was executed for in Spokane, according to records.
Now, knowing the history, a store full of distant memories can add one more milestone to its inventory.