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Thomas
Hennessey, Esq., the "all seeing" detective of the Ohio and Mississippi and the Chicago and Alton railroads, succeeded, some day this week, in arresting one Revis, charged with having been one of the most notorious and blood-thirsty bushwackers who for a time, during the late war, infested the southwest of Missouri.  It is said that his hands are stained with the blood of innocent women and children.  He was held in our city calaboose, awariting the arrival of the proper requistion from Gov. Fletcher, of Missouri. [East St. Louis Gazette, June 28, 1866]



East St. Louis Journal, 26 Jan 1889:





Charged With Murder
The St. Clair County grand jury, January Term, returned an indictment Saturday in the circuit court of Judge R. D. W. Holder against Andrew Wiggins, charging him with murder. Wiggins is alleged to have killed Michael Beacher in Eglin's Saloon in this city, Dec. 2th 1904, by striking him in the head with a Billiard cue. The two men had engaged in a saloon fight and Beacher died as a result of the blow.
[East St. Louis Journal, February 19, 1905, page 3: Donated by Nancy Attey]


Andrew Wiggins, colored, was given a life term in the Chester penitentiary by a jury in the Circuit court at Belleville yesterday for the murder of Michael L. Beechler, a white man, at Mrs. Eglin's saloon, in this city, December 26 last. Late Tuesday night the case was given to the jury, which was out nine hours. According to members of the jury, the first ballot taken stood nine for hanging and three for a life sentence. the verdict was returned as soon as court convened yesterday.
[East St. Louis Journal, March 9, 1905: Donated by Nancy Attey]

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