Steve Adams c. 1907

Harry Orchard accused Steve Adams, a WFM member, of participating in other violent crimes for the WFM. The prosecution needed Adams to corroborate Orchard's confession because Idaho law required corroboration of conspirators' confession.

Adams was living in Oregon at the time and was later arrested. He was assured that he was only needed to corroborate Orchard's confession and he was taken to the Boise, Idaho penitentiary. McParland eventually got Adams to confess to some criminal activity which helped to corroborate at least some of Orchard's confession. Most importantly Adams confessed that he and Orchard had planted the explosives under the Independence depot which killed thirteen nonunion workers. One of Clarence Darrow's most significant early victories was getting an uncle of Adams's wife to persuade Steve Adams to repudiate his confession.