The Klein kids

I had meant to put the Klein boys up on Charley today: Daniel, David and Kenneth, missing for over 60 years now. It must have been a stupendous case at the time. I mean, three little boys, brothers, vanishing into thin air like that. I bet there was plenty of news coverage if I were to start digging in online archives and, perhaps, my local library’s microfilm collection. Maybe the case has a few mentions or even whole chapters in books concerning 20th-century Minneapolis history.

Slight problem, though: none of the boys have a law enforcement contact listed for them. I would assume the Minneapolis PD is investigating, but I don’t know that for sure. Indeed, I don’t know if any LE is investigating at all. I’ve put up old cases without LE contact before, for historical interest, but I think they were all older than this one.

20 thoughts on “The Klein kids

  1. libraryjobber October 29, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    An article with photos about the Klein brothers begins on page 26 of this issue:

      • libraryjobber October 29, 2015 / 12:16 pm

        stupid link doesn’t want to cut and paste

        I hope this works! Article starts on page 26.

  2. libraryjobber October 29, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    Obviously, giving you the link isn’t going to work. Try googling “Klein brothers Minneapolis 1951”

    The article should be the second result. MPLSZine–The Mystery Issue. Page 26.

  3. Kat October 29, 2015 / 5:08 pm

    Library, it worked just fine for me, took a few minutes to load but graphics and all came up just fine….thanks for the link, more out there than we knew!

  4. libraryjobber October 29, 2015 / 5:46 pm

    I found another article, from the Weekly World News of all places. I hope this is the only time I ever cite that publication as a research source!

    Apparently, Mr and Mrs Klein had 4 more sons.

  5. Justin August 16, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    I checked back with NamUs and apparently it is the Minneapolis Police Department. I also found out their DOB. It looks like they were resubmitted as missing persons on April 19, 2016.

    Let me know if you want the DOB info.

  6. Donald April 23, 2019 / 9:41 am

    Hi, My name is Donald Klein. I am the youngest of the brothers, born 1960. I want it known that there is a contact number for any possible information and that is as follows, Deputy Jessica Miller, Wright County Police Department, Wright County Minnesota, (763) 225-7372.
    She and her partner have spent years working on this case as a cold case. They have given their time and effort to do what no other law enforcement agency would do. In fact the Minneapolis Police have done nothing except to close the case after 5 days and produce misleading information to block any new leads about this case from my family and that continues to this very day. We have tried several times through the years to get the case files from the Minneapolis police department, and we have never been allowed them and never allowed access to them all. In fact Deputy Miller and her partner forced Minneapolis Police Department to reopen this case as it was illegal to have closed it to begin with. We don’t get any help from the BCA or FBI like the Wetterlings did so if you have or think you have any leads or information please contact Deputy Jessica Miller at the above given phone number, certainly do not contact the Minneapolis Police Department, FBI or BCA as it will never be acted on no matter how relevant it may be I can only guess that it would be kept from ever seeing the light of day like who knows how many other leads. My Parents spent their own money following leads and putting ads in papers, printing posters, all the things that law enforcement is supposed to do. I would like to Thank all those who have never given up and who have worked on this case. There is a book being written by Jack El-Hai and are working on this too with a series under The Long Lost Klein Brothers.

    • Liz Newman April 11, 2021 / 9:51 pm

      Condolences to your family for having to go through this. I listened to the podcast. Six episodes. At the end they talk about getting in touch with the owners of the house with the basement where the then owner had poured concrete the night of the boys going missing.
      The new owners were considering allowing the podcast creators to check out the basement. The new owners had no idea this had happened and their basement was suspect.
      Did the new owners allow the basement to be looked at or dug up? Are there updates?

      • Donald April 14, 2021 / 11:07 am

        Nothing yet. With COVID it has been a very slow process. It is being worked on but it’s not like we are getting any support for our search from either the MPLS Police, BCA or FBI. They all continue to be better walls than doors. Kind of like the investigation into Jeffrey Epstein and his supporters/clients. I think of Epstein because there have been people like him since there were young people to be exploit and other willing to pay. I wonder how many of his victims were disappeared after being used. But we will never know as long as we have a system of injustice in place to protect his clients. It is not mentioned but I had a foster brother my parents were in the process of adopting when I was about 5 years old. One day a car pulled into our driveway out at the farm while my Dad was at work and my brothers who lived at home were gone. Me and my foster brother who was younger than me were standing outside in front of the garage when the car pulled in with two women, one jumped out from the passenger side ran the few steps and grabbed my foster brother. He and I both began to scream for our Mom who came almost immediately out the door to confront these women. My foster brother Pat was pushed into the front seat and the woman who snatched him jumped back in and they sped off with him. Before my Mother came out the two women were debating on if they had the right child and if they should just take us both. Mom scared them off before they could do anything else. We never saw Pat again. Turns out he was snatched by Wright County Minnesota Welfare Workers who, so the story goes, had sold Pat to a woman in Henepin County Minnesota who was not able to have foster children or adopt any children and from what I understand was barred by a judge from having any but her own children around her. Hence the reason for the pay and abduction of Pat from us. She ended up torturing Pat to death in about 18 after his abduction from us. The Welfare women were never to my knowledge punished in any form for their act of conspiracy.
        I thank you for your interest. I will give you a little advice if you will about justice. There are only two places to get Justice one is in Heaven and the other is by getting bloody, I advise choosing the former over the latter.

  7. libraryjobber April 23, 2019 / 10:14 am

    The book is titled “The Lost Brothers” and will be published by University of Minnesota Press on 10/22/19.

    • Meaghan April 23, 2019 / 10:14 am

      I will have to check it out. I’m reading a book about another one of my cases right now.

      • libraryjobber April 23, 2019 / 10:19 am

        Another upcoming book is JB Fisher’s “Echo of Distant Water: The 1958 Disappearance of Portland’s Martin Family,” due out on 8/19/19.

      • Meaghan April 23, 2019 / 10:19 am

        That’s another I will need to read.

    • Meaghan December 4, 2019 / 2:06 pm

      Yeah I have the book though I’ve not read it yet.

  8. Pamela September 28, 2022 / 10:11 pm

    I saw this on a posting on Reddit – it was also on this blog, but the poster did not respond to questions:

    November 26, 2018 / 8:43 pm
    Information regarding the missing Klein Brothers. The 3 boys were abducted in 1951 by Jessie Mary Pavlat and Richard Pavlat. Richard Pavlat and Mary Pavlat lived in Redgranite, Wisconsin. prior to 1947. The Pavlats moved to Lundington, Michigan in 1947 and then moved back to Redgranite, Wisconsin in 1953. In 1953, Pavlats moved back to Redgranite, Wisconsin and had added 3 boys to there family. Thomas John Pavlat, Joseph Pavlat and Richard Pavlat. All currently alive.

    There were three posts- all I could find. Did some research- all these people exist. Tried to contact the poster, as well as another person who questioned the poster, on Reddit. The Jesse Anderson poster on Charley Project was questioned, but apparently did not respond.

    The brevity of the posts, details, and the fact that there are only three of them seem to lend legitimacy, I feel.

    Sent it all off to Jack El- Hai, who responded to say it had been checked out and was not credible. Rats. Such a mystery.

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