Seattle PD: 1959 Pearl A. Kongsle bomb attack

Robert Delaware filed this request with the Seattle Police Department of Seattle, WA.
Tracking #

P061747-080120

Due Aug. 7, 2020
Est. Completion April 30, 2021
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Robert Delaware


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Washington Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Respectfully, this is a request for the case for the 1959 Pearl A. Kongsle bomb attack. On September 2nd of 1959, a bomb attack killed 62 Pearl Kongsle at her West Seattle home.

According to a 2012 blog post at the HistoryLink.org website, the case was still active as of 2012:

https://historylink.org/File/10051

Considering that the everyone involved in the case would likely be dead by 2020, I am asking the Seattle PD use it's discretion to release some documents for historical purposes.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Robert Delaware

From: Seattle Police Department

At this time, the Seattle Police Department’s Legal Unit is operating under an extreme backlog of requests, staffing shortages, the redeployment of supporting units to SPD’s frontline COVID-19 response, and, pursuant to CDC recommendations and City direction, reassignment to remote access. For these reasons, our ability to process new requests is substantially limited; we are currently estimating minimum response timelines, depending on the volume and complexity of requests, in excess of 6-12 months. Current requests should likewise anticipate that it will take additional time to process records and respond. We apologize for any inconvenience, and deeply appreciate your understanding as we all pull together, in the face of this unprecedented, pandemic public crisis, to manage as best we can our business operations.

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To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Washington Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Respectfully, this is a request for the case for the 1959 Pearl A. Kongsle bomb attack. On September 2nd of 1959, a bomb attack killed 62 Pearl Kongsle at her West Seattle home.

According to a 2012 blog post at the HistoryLink.org website, the case was still active as of 2012:

https://historylink.org/File/10051

Considering that the everyone involved in the case would likely be dead by 2020, I am asking the Seattle PD use it's discretion to release some documents for historical purposes.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Robert Delaware

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From: Seattle Police Department

08/03/2020

Robert Delaware
requests@muckrock.com

RE: Public Disclosure Request #: P061747-080120

Dear Robert Delaware,

This communication is in response to your public disclosure request.

The purpose of this correspondence is to provide you a status update. Your request status is: Assigned.

If you have any questions, you may send messages using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.
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SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing between 1400 to 1500 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

From: Seattle Police Department

08/10/2020

Robert Delaware
requests@muckrock.com

RE:  Public Disclosure Request#: P061747-080120

Dear Robert Delaware,

This communication is in response to your public disclosure request.


The purpose of this correspondence is to provide you a status update.  Your request status is:  Being Researched/Reviewed.

If you have any questions, you may send messages using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.


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From: Seattle Police Department

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08/10/2020

Robert Delaware
requests@muckrock.com

RE: Public Disclosure Request#: P061747-080120

Dear Robert Delaware,

This communication is in response to your public disclosure request received on August 01, 2020. At this time, the Seattle Police Department’s Legal Unit is operating under an extreme backlog of requests, staffing shortages, the redeployment of supporting units to SPD’s frontline COVID-19 response, and, pursuant to CDC recommendations and City direction, reassignment to remote access. For these reasons, our ability to process new requests is substantially limited; we are currently estimating minimum response timelines, depending on the volume and complexity of requests, in excess of 6-12 months. Current requests should likewise anticipate that it will take additional time to process records and respond. We apologize for any inconvenience, and deeply appreciate your understanding as we all pull together, in the face of this unprecedented, pandemic public crisis, to manage as best we can our business operations.
Pursuant to RCW 42.56.520, this is notification that the Seattle Police Department has received your public disclosure records request and needs additional time to respond.
At this time, we anticipate having a response or a status update to you on or about 10/20/2020.
We are initiating the process of researching your request, collecting responsive records, and/or preparing records for dissemination.

If you have any questions, you may send a message using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,
Dianalynn Oreiro
Seattle Police Department
Legal Unit

SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing between 1400 to 1500 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

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From: Seattle Police Department

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10/22/2020

Robert Delaware
requests@muckrock.com

RE: Public Disclosure Request#: P061747-080120

Dear Robert Delaware,

The purpose of this communication is to provide a status update regarding your request.
The Seattle Police Department needs additional time to respond to your request. Due to our current workload and backlog, we are still processing your request. As you may be aware, the Seattle Police Department’s Legal Unit is operating under an extreme backlog of requests, staffing shortages, the redeployment of supporting units to SPD’s frontline COVID-19 response, and, pursuant to CDC recommendations and City direction, reassignment to remote access. For these reasons, our ability to process new requests is substantially limited; we are currently estimating minimum response timelines, depending on the volume and complexity of requests, in excess of 6-12 months. Current requests should likewise anticipate that it will take additional time to process records and respond. We apologize for any inconvenience, and deeply appreciate your understanding as we all pull together, in the face of this unprecedented, pandemic public crisis, to manage as best we can our business operations.
At this time, we anticipate having a response/installment to you on or about 1/28/2021.

If you have any questions, you may send a message using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,
Dianalynn Oreiro
Seattle Police Department
Legal Unit

SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing more than 2000 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

As a reminder you can login at the Police Records Request Center where you can access Police online information, manage your profile, submit record requests, track your request status, receive and send messages, make payments, view frequently asked questions, and download your records.
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From: Seattle Police Department

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02/25/2021

Robert Delaware
requests@muckrock.com

RE: Public Disclosure Request#: P061747-080120

Dear Robert Delaware,

The purpose of this communication is to provide a status update regarding your request.
The Seattle Police Department needs additional time to respond to your request. We have located the case file for the incident you are requesting records on. Please confirm which records from the file you are seeking.
At this time, we anticipate having a response/installment to you on or about 3/22/2021.

If you have any questions, you may send a message using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,
Dianalynn Oreiro
Seattle Police Department
Legal Unit

SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing more than 2000 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

As a reminder you can login at the Police Records Request Center where you can access Police online information, manage your profile, submit record requests, track your request status, receive and send messages, make payments, view frequently asked questions, and download your records.
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From: Seattle Police Department

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03/31/2021

Robert Delaware
requests@muckrock.com

RE: Public Disclosure Request#: P061747-080120

Dear Robert Delaware,

Hello Mr. Delaware -

The purpose of this communication is to provide a status update regarding your request.

The Seattle Police Department needs additional time to respond to your request due to the following:

I was recently assigned this request to complete processing. For that reason, I need additional time to review the records.

At this time, we anticipate having a response/installment to you on or about 4/16/2021.

Thank you,
Tara Collings

If you have any questions, you may send a message using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,
Tara Collings
Seattle Police Department
Legal Unit

SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing more than 2000 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

As a reminder you can login at the Police Records Request Center where you can access Police online information, manage your profile, submit record requests, track your request status, receive and send messages, make payments, view frequently asked questions, and download your records.
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From: Seattle Police Department

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04/22/2021

Robert Delaware
requests@muckrock.com

RE: Public Disclosure Request#: P061747-080120

Dear Robert Delaware,

Hello Mr. Delaware -

The purpose of this communication is to provide a status update regarding your request.

The Seattle Police Department needs additional time to respond to your request due to the following:

We are still working with the detective to determine which records are releasable.

At this time, we anticipate having a response/installment to you on or about 4/30/2021.
Thank you,
Tara Collings

If you have any questions, you may send a message using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,
Tara Collings
Seattle Police Department
Legal Unit

SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing more than 2000 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

As a reminder you can login at the Police Records Request Center where you can access Police online information, manage your profile, submit record requests, track your request status, receive and send messages, make payments, view frequently asked questions, and download your records.
Please add seattle@mycusthelp.net to your E-mail contacts/address book to ensure delivery of the record center E-mails to your Inbox. (mailto:seattle@mycusthelp.net)

From: Seattle Police Department

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04/29/2021

Robert Delaware
requests@muckrock.com

RE: Public Disclosure Request#: P061747-080120

Dear Robert Delaware,

Hello Mr. Delaware -

We recently met with the detective assigned to this investigation and determined that the Seattle Police Department is not able to release information to you at this time. The records requested are associated with a case that is under active investigation and non-disclosure is essential to effective law enforcement. (RCW 42.56.240(1))

Explanation: The contents of an active investigation are categorically exempt in their entirety. See Newman v. King County, 133 Wn.2d 565, 947 P.2d 712 (1997) and Cowles Publishing Co. v. Spokane Police Department, 139 Wn.2d 472 987 P.2d 620 (1999).

The Seattle Police Department invites you to submit a new request in 6-8 weeks for these records.

Thank you,
Tara Collings

If you have any questions, you may send a message using the Police Records Request Center or call the Public Disclosure Desk at 206-684-5481.

Sincerely,
Tara Collings
Seattle Police Department
Legal Unit

SPD receives between 7000 and 8000 public records requests annually and is processing more than 2000 open requests at a time. This may result in a slower than anticipated response to your request. Thank you for your patience.

As a reminder you can login at the Police Records Request Center where you can access Police online information, manage your profile, submit record requests, track your request status, receive and send messages, make payments, view frequently asked questions, and download your records.
Please add seattle@mycusthelp.net to your E-mail contacts/address book to ensure delivery of the record center E-mails to your Inbox. (mailto:seattle@mycusthelp.net)

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