MURDERS - SLAYINGS - KILLINGS

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Henry Brashears , Ab Thomason, John Williams , Arthur Scott , Arkansas Farmer Murder By His Son


Source - June 16, 1908 - Jonesboro Evening Sun

GREENE COUNTY FARMER KILLED WHILE IN BED

SON SUSPECTED OF CRIME

Paragould , June 15 - Henry Brashears , a well known citizen of Greene county , was shot and killed by an assassin at his home nine miles northwest of Paragould in the neighborhood of New Home church last night. Just at what hour the shooting occured , no one seems to know. The first information of the deadly work of the assassin was when the children of the murdered man awoke this morning to find their father's lifeless form stretched upon the floor cold in death with blood oozing from his wounds and streaming on the floor. by the side of the dead man lay his Bible and his hymn book.

This morning early , Mack Eubanks , a neighbor of the murdered man came to the town and gave the first news to the officials. He unfolded the tale to Sheriff Camp and immediately preparations were made by the sheriff and other officials to go to the scene of the murder.

Chief of Police George Tiller , who received a pair of blood hounds from Kansas last Saturday morning , was sent for and he and his hounds at once started to the scene accompanied by Sheriff Camp , Constable Lawson and a number of other John R. Thompson being one of the party.

When the children of the murdered man were startled with the horrible disclosure they sent a messenger to the home of their uncle, Mem Brashears , who lives near and Mr. Eubanks was then notified and sent to town for the officials.

The crime seemed to be shrouded in mystery as to who it was for Henry Brashears was a peaceful , law-abiding citizen and was not known to have enemies. He was born and raised in the neighborhood and lived there all his life and would have been 42 years of age had he lived until next December.

He and Mem were twin brothers and the deceased was also a half brother of Tom Brashears , well known citizen residing in Lorado.The murdered man and hs wife have been living apart for the past year and a half. They have had domestic troubles for the past three of four years , and at their separation she went to Hornersville where she has relatives , she and her husband dividing the children. They have four boys and four girls and larger boys went with their mother. Jealousy on the part of Brashers is said to have been the cause of the separation.

A suspicicious circumstance attaches to Brashears oldest son as being the probable assassin. Jeff Brashears lives with his mother and has taken sides with his mother in the difficulties between his parents. It is stated that some three years ago he attempted to shoot his father on account of their family troubles but was restrained from doing so by the elder Brashears getting hold of the gun. This however , is not stated upon substantial authority , but upon a rumor.

Jeff Brashears is a young man about grown and last night he was seen on the P.S.E. train coming in from Hornersville by Charlie Smith , who got on the train at Bertig. A.A. Smith who works for House & Meiser , said he had been to visit relatives in the country and was returning home late in the afternoon when he met Jeff Brashears on the public road out near the poor house farm. Both the Smiths are well acquainted with Brashears and both of them talked with him. Brashears told Charley that he was going out to see his father , and it was after the P.S.E. train had come in at 6 0'clock that A.A. Smith met Brashears at the poor farm going in the direction of his father's home.

This morning at an early hour Jeff Brashears was seen to come in on the same road in a wagon. He got off the wagon . He gott off the wagon at the bridge on the north end of Gainsville street and went across toward the P.S. E. railroad and it is supposed he was making his way for the P.S.E. train back to Hornersville.

Excitement is at fever heat in the neighborhood where the murder occured , as Brashears live within three miles of Joe Spears who was shot some time ago.

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Source - SOLIPHONE - MAY 16, 1902

AB THOMASON , A MAN WELL KNOWN TO THE PEOPLE OF GREENE COUNTY , IS LYING DEAD AT THE UNDERTAKERS' ESTABLISHMENT OF H.S. TRICE .

HE WAS SHOT TO DEATH LAST NIGHT JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT BY JOE THOMPSON .

THE SHOOTING OCCURED IN A ROOM UPSTAIRS ON PRUETT STREET , FORMERLY OCCUPIED BY JAKE SHIPPERS AS A POOL AND BILLIARD ROOM. WITNESSES TO THE SHOOTING WERE J.H. BRYANT , TOM TATE , DICK THOMASON AND BRUNER THOMASON .

THE DEAD MAN'S ANATOMY IS PUNCTURED WITH FOUR BULLET HOLES MADE BY A 38 - CALIBER SMITH & WESSON . ONE BULLET ENTERED THE HEAD , JUST ABOVE THE LEFT EAR, ONE THE LEFT CHEEK , ONE ENTERED THE NECK JUST UNDER THE SHOULDER BLADE , AND ONE ENTERED THE BODY IN THE REGION OF THE HEART . DEATH ENSUED WITHIN A FEW MINUTES AFTER THE SHOOTING OCCURED .

CORONER NORWOOD THIS MORNING SUMMONED A JURY FOR THE PURPOSE OF HOLIDING AN INQUEST . THE JURY , AFTER HEARING THE TESTIMONY OF THE WITNESSES ABOVE ENUMERATED , FAILED TO AGREE ON A VERDICT AS TO WHETHER THE KILLING WAS JUSTIFIABLE AND REFERED THE CASE , WITH THE EVIDENCE BEFORE THEM, TO JUSTICE A.B. HAYS . JUSTICE HAYS WILL NOT UNDERTAKE THE HEARING OF THE CASE UNTIL THE RETURN OF PROSECUTING ATTORNEY S.R. SIMPSON , WHO IS ATTENDING COURT IN MISSISSIPPI COUNTY .

THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL BRAWLS BETWEEN THE TWO MEN RECENTLY AND THOMASON HAD THREATENED THOMPSON .

LAST NIGHT WHEN THE DIFFICULTY OCCURRED THE DEAD MAN USED LANGUAGE ACCORDING TO WITNESSES , THAT IS TOO INDECENT FOR PRINT. HE REPEATED THE LANGUAGE THREE TIMES , APPLYING IT TO HIS SLAYER , AND AT THE SAME TIME PLACED HIS HAND TO HIS HIP POCKET AND ASSUMED A THREATENING ATTITUDE . THE SHOTS WERE FIRED VERY RAPIDLY AND EITHER WOULD , PERHAPS , HAVE PROVEN FATAL.

THOMASON HAD BEEN A TURBULENT AND QUARRELSOME CHARACTER , HAS HAD MANY PERSONAL ENCOUNTERS AND HAS BEEN SEVERAL TIMES SEVERELY WOUNDED . HE WAS A MAN OF GREAT PHYSICAL STRENGTH , OF LARGE AND SINEWY FRAME , AND NO ORDINARY MAN COULD COPE WITH HIM IN A ROUGH AND TUMBLE FIGHT . HE KNEW NO SUCH WORD AS FEAR , AND THE SIGHT OF A WEAPON IN THE HANDS OF HIS ANTAGONIST ONLY INCREASED HIS RAGE AND MADE HIM MORE DEFIANT. A FEW YEARS AGO HE WAS SHOT BY CHARLEY HONSTON , A YOUNG MAN OF THE TOWN , AND THE DOCTORS PRONOUNCED HIS WOUNDS FATAL , BUT HE SURVIVED THEM.

AB THOMASON , IN HIS WAY , WAS A CLEVER , GOOD-HEARTED FELLOW , BUT HIS TURBULENT AND OVERBEARING DISPOSITION , ESPECIALLY WHEN DRINKING , OFTEN INVOLVED HIM IN TROUBLE , AND THE MANNER OF HIS TAKING OFF IS NO SURPRISE THE PEOPLE OF THIS COMMUNITY , WHERE HE HAS SPENT MOST OF HIS LIFE , HE BEING ABOUT 35 YEARS OF AGE.

HE LEAVES A YOUNG WIFE AND A CHILD .

JOE THOMPSON SURRENDERED HIMSELF TO NIGHT MARSHAL LAWSON A FEW MINUTES AFTER THE SHOOTING. HE EXPRESSED GREAT REGRET AT THE KILLING , BUT SAYS HE COULD NOT AVOID IT - THAT HE HAD TO DO IT. HE IS UNDER THE EVIDENCE , THAT THOMPSON WILL BE CONVICTED OF ANY HIGHER DEGREE OF HOMICIDE THAN MANSLAUGHTER , IF CONVICTED AT ALL.

THOMPSON HAS BEEN AT HIS RESIDENCE TODAY UNDER GUARD , AND REFUSED TO BE INTERVIEWED BY THE SOLIPHONE.

THOMASON'S FUNERAL OCCURRED THIS EVENING AT 5 O'CLOCK.

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Source - Clipping no name of paper - December 21, 1888

DEC. 21 -- Passengers on the Cotton Belt Road report a horrible tragedy at Paragould station Ark. Tuesday night

Officer Bryan , of Paragould , was detailed to serve a warrant on John Williams who was charged with selling liquor contrary to the county law .

Williams was discovered by the officer disguised as a negro . Williams resisted arrest and during a running fire succeeded in mortally wounding

Officer Bryan and his two assistants . Williams was also wounded and will probaly die.

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Source - THE WEEKLY SOLIPHONE - FEB. 19, 1915

SON OF MRS. R.H. FOX KILLED IN KENTUCKY

ARTHUR SCOTT SHOT THREE TIMES BY CHARLEY YOUNGER WITH APPARENTLY NO PROVOCATION

THE CLINTON , KY. GAZETTE , IN ITS ISSUE OF FEBRUARY 8 , CONTAINS AN ACCOUNT OF THE KILLING OF ARTHUR SCOTT BY CHARLEY YOUNGER AT COLUMBUS , KY. ON SATURDAY , FEB. 6 . YOUNG SCOTT WAS A SON OF MRS. R.H. FOX WHO RESIDE IN SOUTH PARAGOULD . THE GAZETTE'S ACCOUNT OF THE TRAGEDY IS AS FOLLOWS:

SATURDAY MORNING THE COMMUNITY WAS GREATLY SHOCKED WHEN IT WAS LEARNED THAT CHARLEY YOUNGER HAD KILLED ARTHUR SCOTT , AS SOME THINK , IN COLD BLOOD. THE KILLING OCCURRED AT ETHRIDGE YOUNG'S HOME ON THE HILL WHERE SCOTT AND HIS WIFE HAVE BEEN LIVING. CHARLEY YOUNGER WHO HAD BEEN DRINKING CAME DOWN TOWN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING AND PROCURED SOME CARTRIDGES . WHEN HE SAW MR. AND MRS. SCOTT ON THE STREET HE MADE THE REMARK THAT HE WAS GOING TO KILL THAT MAN.

ABOUT THIRTY MINUTES LATER HE HAD CARRIED OUT THE THREAT HAVING SHOT SCOTT THREE TIMES , KILLING HIM INSTANTLY. AFTER THE SHOOTING YOUNGER LEFT THE HOUSE IMMEDIATELY AND WENT TO A NEIGHBOR'S WHERE HIS MOTHER AND BROTHER JOINED HIM. HE SURRENDERED TO A CITIZEN WHO KEPT HIM IN CUSTODY UNTIL A DEPUTY SHERIFF TOOK HIM TO CLINTON.

THERE ARE MANY CONFLICTING CONJECTURES ABOUT THE CAUSE OF THE TROUBLE , BUT IT IS THOUGHT THERE IS A WOMAN MIXED UP IN THE CASE.

THE DECEASED WAS A NATIVE OF THIS COUNTY AND IS SURVIVED BY A WIFE AND HIS MOTHER , MRS. FOX , OF PARAGOULD , ARK. THE BURIAL TOOK PLACE IN COLUMBUS SUNDAY.

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 Source - Idaho Statesmen - November 19, 1900

Arkansas Farmer Murder By His Son

Kansas City , Nov. 18 - A special to the Times from Poplar Bluff , Mo. says : Walter Alexander , the 15 year old son of Richard Alexander , a farmer living across in Arkansas , is under arrest on suspicion of being implicated in the death of his father , Who was shot and killed yesterday.

Young Alexander , who was arrested pending an investigation , is said to have confessed to the crime and to have implicated his mother , sister and the latter's husband , James Hogan , all of whom have been arrested and placed in jail at Corning. Ark. The citizens are aroused and , Hogan , whom they profess to believe is at the bottom of the affair will be taken to the county jail at Paragould, Ark. for safe keeping.

Alexander was killed with a shotgun , receiving the contents of both barrels in the breast and stomach and dying almost immediately. His family informed the officers who had been previously notified of the affair , that he had accidentally shot himself while loading the gun. The nature of the wounds and the report of neighbors that the family had quarreled frequently with the dead man , led to the detention of the son. Young Alexander , it is stated , admitted in his confession that the killing had been planned deliberately and that he fired the fatal shot as his father appeared suddenly around the corner of the house. Alexander was well to do owning valuable farm lands in the vicinity of Corning.