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Did You Know
...that Leonard Shoen was an American entrepreneur who envisioned the market for rental vehicles for a families who wished avoid the expense of professional transfer and storage companies and became the founder of U-Haul in 1945?
I found this page through a link from uhaul-sucks.com, and after reading it and noting the lack of proper citations I wonder if it is part of someone's retribution against uhaul? The two citations that are used are not what I'd exactly call top-notch sources, and there doesn't really seem to be any positive info at all. Shultze 18:42, 1 June 2007 (UTC)
There is a huge amount of content/links available at http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/search/results.php?eventSearch=1&locationSearch=1&exactPhrase=1&searchType=archives&keywords=shoen&x=0&y=0
Wife's Murder / Family Troubles
In case anyone ever has interest in expanding this article, there's an episode in Season 1 of the show [Cold Case Files] that focuses on the murder of one of Shoen's wives. Shoen relates in a few interview clips that, at the time, he was embroiled in conflicts with family, and that he had reason to fear for his safety, although he hadn't imagined that anyone would target his wife. The episode traces police efforts, years after the murder, to find the killer, who is eventually identified as a serial rapist without any connection to Shoen or the U-Haul business; the suspect is convicted and imprisoned. At the end of the segment, more interview clips with Shoen are played where Shoen declares that he's pleased with the arrest/conviction, but implies that he believes there were accomplices, based on coroner's evidence that Shoen's murdered wife had two unexplained needle marks on her torso. The show notes that Shoen maintained a toll free hotline and had posted a $100,000 reward for information about the murder, even after the killer was convicted.