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Mahaska County, Iowa
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Greenberry Blaine

Greenberry Blaine, from Oskaloosa Iowa, who is charged with dealing in horse flesh, belonging to one Nathan Goslee, of Nodaway county, came down from Maryville on Friday last in company with Tom Torrance Deputy Sheriff of that county, and is now stopping at the stone boarding house kept by John Painter.

[The Andrew County Republican (Savannah, MO), November 1, 1871, p3; submitted by Robin Line]

John Hynes

Gouls at Work in Iowa.

Chicago, November 2 - The Tribune’s Keokuk special says it has been discovered that A. Mackey, of that city, has been receiving the bodies of recently buried people, graves having been robbed at Beacon, Iowa, the bodies barreled and shipped.

Two barrels were consigned to Mackey on Thursday, but the railroad agent becoming suspicious opened one of them and found the body of John Hynes, who had been recently buried near Beacon.

Mackey had been arrested, but declares that he is innocent, a declaration which is discredited, as under his directions the first barrel was taken to the Medical College of Keokuk, and is still there. The authorities at the college disclaim any knowledge of the source from which the barrel came.

[Wheeling Register, WV, published Monday, November 04, 1878; submitted by CD]

Hynes, Haren, Mackey & Hughes

A Student’s Study.
How to Furnish Subjects for Dissection.
Dead Bodies Shipped By Express as Pickled Pork.
The Leader of the Iowa Resurrectionists Bagged.

Keokuk, Iowa, Nov. 2 - Last Night A. Mackey, a student at the Medical College in this city, was arrested here on the charge of body-snatching near Beacon, a station on the Keokuk and Des Moines division of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad.

This morning Owen Haren, of Beacon, arrived in the city, and from him were learned the circumstances which led to the arrest.

It seems that about the 1st of October Mackey took to the depot at Beacon, for shipment, a barrel said to contain pickled pork. On the 29th another package, similar to the first, was shipped by the same party. The agent reported that these packages did not contain what they claimed to, and concluded to keep a sharp outlook.

At a very early hour Thursday morning, before daylight, two coal oil barrels were left on the depot platform at Beacon, claimed by Mackey, and under his direction to his address at Keokuk. Instead of forwarding both barrels, however, the agent retained one, rolled it into the depot, and that night, in company with one or two others, opened it. Their suspicions were confirmed, for the barrel was found to contain a dead body, which was at once recognized as that of John Hynes, a young man who died at that place on Monday, and was buried on Tuesday. They headed the barrel up again and forwarded it to its destination.

Mr. Fyffe, the attorney of the road, who was in Oskaloosa, wad advised of the facts, and sent a dispatch to the officers here to detain the body upon its arrival. The barrel that was first forwarded arrived here Thursday night, unloaded Friday morning, and some time during the day was called for by a drayman, and delivered at the medical college. The other one arrived Friday night, was unloaded this morning, and in accordance with instructions was retained and placed in the hands of the City Marshal.

Both barrels were on one bill, were billed as merchandise, and directed to A. Mackey, Keokuk, Ia. Mackey has been practicing medicine at Beaver for the past two years. Upon the opening of the present session of the Medical College, he came to this city, and has been attending lectures.

When interviewed as to what he had to say about the matter, he said he didn’t know as he had much to say. He expressed the opinion, however, that it was a put-up job on him by parties living at Beacon. He said that a man, who represented himself to be a farmer, come to him and asked him to ship the two barrels to Keokuk in his (Mackey’s) named, stating that they were for his (the farmer’s) brother-in-law here, and would be called for.

When only one of the packages arrived, however, Mackey went to the depot to inquire what had become of the other, and found very considerable fault because it had not arrived.

The first barrel, which was left at the college, has not been opened, and it is not known whose body it contains. Dr. Hughes stated that the barrel was left here by Mackey; that they had no knowledge concerning it.

They purchase subjects whenever needed for dissection purposes, and the supposition was that this one they had not purchased it or taken charge of it as yet. He says the barrel is standing just where it was left by the drayman, and that the parties claiming it can have it.

The other barrel was removed in the afternoon to an undertaking shop, where it was opened and the body recognized as that of John Hynes. The remains were in a shocking condition, having been placed in the barrel without any protection, and been begrimed and disfigured from jostling about in handling. They were placed in a coffin and buried here, where those of his father are interred.

Hynes was a young man, about twenty-one years of age, and previous to his death was employed as a driver in the mines of the Iowa Coal Company, at Beacon. He formerly resided in this city, and left here only last spring.

A fear has been expressed that the miners at Beacon will become so enraged that they will attempt to do violence to Mackey when he is taken up there, but he will be sufficiently protected to prevent any thing of that kind. The Sheriff of Mahaska county will arrive this morning to take charge of him.

The graves of others recently buried up there were being examined to see if others are missing. The agent reports that four packages in all, similar to these, have been shipped from there since the first of October.

[Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA, published Thursday, November 07, 1878, submitted by CD]

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