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Podcast: How records of 1984 sexual-abuse investigation of Ed Murray came to light

Ed Murray’s foster-provider file, recovered from an Oregon Department of Human Services district field office following a Seattle Times public-records request, contains reports showing investigators believe he sexually abused his former foster son in the early 1980s.  (OR Department of Human Services)

Another bombshell landed this week in the ongoing story of sexual-abuse allegations against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. Public records previously thought destroyed show an Oregon child-welfare investigator concluded in 1984 that Murray had sexually abused his foster son, Jeff Simpson. No criminal charges were ever filed against Murray, but the CPS finding meant he could...

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