BUTLER COUNTY, KANSAS

MURDERS, MYSTERIES & JUST PLAIN SPOOKY NEWS ARTICLES

 

A. Jester Arrested on A Charge of Murder ~ May 19, 1871

Our Affliction - Frank (Mrs. T. B.) Murdock Murders Son ~ July 7, 1871

The Wichita Tragedy - Confession of the Murderer ~ February 25, 1874

Body of Unknown Man Found ~ August 22, 1885

Dr. Roy Nance Kills Willis G. Forney ~ July 1, 1887

Left Naked On A Doorstep At Night To Die ~ September 1, 1887

Boy Killed (Perry Lightwine) ~ January 6, 1888

Found Murdered, Four Movers Killed and Robbed in Kansas ~ February 10, 1890

Found Dead in the Flinthills of Kansas - Probably Murdered by Horse Thieves ~ December 7, 1890

Still A Mystery - Milton Bradley ~ September 21, 1893

Ora Tabing Killed ~ January 22, 1894

Murder of W. L. Pickerell by J. E. Gilbert and His Trial ~ May 23, 1897

Paddy Shea Convicted ~ January 11, 1898

Cold Blooded Murder (Frank Reynard) ~ July 29, 1898

William Belford Shot and Killed by Train Robbers ~ August 24, 1898

Murder Case; Samuel Smith ~ December 9, 1898

Slain with a Pick ~ April 27, 1900

Miss Jessie Morrison Attempts the Life of Mrs. Olin Castle - June 22, 1900

Awful - Tragedy Takes Place at El Dorado (Morrison & Castle) ~ June 23, 1900

Tragedy at El Dorado ~ June 26, 1900

An Ex-Convict Kills A Woman and Himself in Colorado ~ July 8, 1900

Coyle Bruce Falls From Horse ~ July 20, 1900

Accidentally Killed – Jeff Stearns ~ September 21, 1900

A. J. Boyles Shot Once or Twice & Killed ~ October 12, 1900

Beth Hoxie Shot and Instantly Killed by Step-Brother David ~ October 19, 1900

Jury All Farmers, One Secured Late in Morrison Case ~ November 30, 1900

A Ghost Story ~ April 1, 1901

Mrs. Paul Girod Takes Poison – Laudanum & Carbolic Acid – She Wanted to Die ~ June 20, 1902

Murder at Douglass – Birney Dunn & F. W. Wise, Jr. ~ August 22, 1902

Shot To Death - Fred Kriggins & Harry Rodgers ~ April 27, 1903

Committed Suicide - William Vandine ~ April 27, 1903

Ranson Woodruff Killed in Robbery ~ August 22, 1903

Clarence Williams Kills Guy Crabb Instantly ~ December 13, 1903

John Turner – A Suicide ~ January 8, 1904

Death of Sarah Schaefer A Hoax? ~ February 5, 1904

The Null Case ~ January 5, 1906

Murder at Leon, Murderer Escaped (Lew Bloomfield Killed Jess Sessor) ~ September 28, 1906

Anton Biley Kills His Wife and Himself ~ May 15, 1908

Shot By Farm Hand (Frank Pennypacker - Harley Overstreet) ~ January 15, 1909

Farm Hand Kills Employer (Pennypaker - Overstreet) ~ January 16, 1909

Charles Park – Parole Violation ~ August, 1912

Fire Destroy's Old House Where Snyder Slew To; May be Incendiaries Work ~ August 30, 1913

Frank French – Parole Violation ~ December 1, 1913

Detective Slain in Battle with Hobo on Frisco (Roy Ambrose) ~ May 29, 1915

Mysterious Murder of Night Marshal Charles Schram ~ July 13, 1915

Coroners Jury Seeks Truth About Wounds Which Took The Life of Clarke Browne ~ July 20, 1916

Browne Funeral Was Held Today (Clarke Browne) ~ July 21, 1916

Coroners Jury Will Hear Joe Browne’s Story (Clarke Browne’s death) ~ July 21, 1916

Joe Browne Must Face Charge Of Murder For Death Of His Brother (Clarke Browne) ~ July 21, 1916

Negro Uses Axe To Kill Another; Eludes Officers (Sam Brown) ~ July 28, 1916

Miss Lisle Saxton Dies; Found Dead in Chair ~ November 24, 1916

Latham Cattleman is Run Down and Killed (Sterling P. Yarnall) ~ December 1, 1916

Butler Countians Are Killed In Feud Fight With Montana Bandits (Klegg Brothers ~ January 26, 1917)

Dual Slayer Threatened To Kill Wife & Child Before He Left El Dorado (Rozella Harold & Baby) ~ January 26, 1917

Coroner "Investigates" Tom Lewellyn's Killing ~ July 19, 1917

Find Baby’s Body in Hastily Made Grave ~ March 1, 1918

Murder of Two Oil Men Shrouded in Mystery (Jack Price & Hiram Bracken) ~ September 25, 1918

Oil Man (Fred Hilty) is found Shot Through head in Wichita Hotel ~ March 10, 1919

Confession Clears Mystery in Death of Auto Salesman ~ March 10, 1919

Mystery About Man with Fractured Skull (Archibald Coyle) ~ April 3, 1919

Two Kansans are Killed in Accidental Shooting ~ October 29, 1919

John Gossett Murder ~ November 15, 1919

Mystery in Missing Girl ~ January 7, 1920

Former Reisdent is Found Lifeless - (Mike Dwyer) ~ January 1, 1921

Luther Cook Shoots his Wife ~ September 5, 1921

Woman Kills Husband in A Violent Quarrel ~ (Arden Spires (Spiers) ~ July 24, 1923

Leon Murder Recalls Three Other Killings ~ July 25, 1923

New Angle is Seen in Death Boy (Unknown Boy) ~ September 20, 1923

Hundred's Fail in Attempt to Identify Boy - Body of Youth Found on Railroad Track Lies in A Local Morgue Unclaimed ~ September 21, 1923

Identification of Boy Still Lacking ~ September 22, 1923

Inquiries Being Made About Boy ~ September 1923

Still Unable to Identify Youth ~ September 24, 1923

Fail to Identify Body of Youth ~ September 25, 1923

Funeral Unknown Youth Tomorrow - September 27, 1923

Hold Service for Youth Late Today ~ September 28, 1923

Hundred Pass Bier of Unidentified Boy ~ September 29, 1923

Letters May Lead to Identification ~ September 1923

Murders Wife and Then Turns Revolver On Self (Clarence & Gladys Money) ~ January 17, 1924

Condition of S. A. Jenkins is Worse ~ April 25, 1924

Four Bullets are Fatal to A Patrolman (Steve Jenkins - Harry Parsons) ~ April 26, 1924

Smith Case to Jurors by Tonight (Ed Smith) ~ April 13, 1927

Ed Smith is Guilty of Murder ~ April 14, 1927

Kills Wife and Then Turns Gun On Himself (Albert & Anna Lierle) ~ April 19, 1927

Children Trapped on Second Floor of Home (Harry, Opal, Raymond & Bernice Miller) ~ January 7, 1928

Delay Charge in Slaying of Beaumont Man (Melvin Norman & David Edgar) ~ June 11, 1929

Bootlegger Confesses To Arranging Murder (Dr. Brainard, Paul Jones, Muriel Sullivan) ~ January 16, 1931

McCraner Rites are Held Today ~ April 11, 1932

Deputy Marshal Killed (R. J. Hammers) ~ March 15, 1934

Two Persons Slain (Frank Kelly & Wife) ~ September 8, 1934

Robert T. Gahm Kills Wife and Self Today ~ February 11, 1936

Expert Fails to Find Mrs. (David A.) Bash ~ 18 April 1936

William "Man of God," Dies Today/ Cost of Burial ~ February 24, 1938

George King Murder - Wife Claims Self Defense ~ January 1939

“Fritz” Edwards On Trial For Life At Wichita Today (Mrs. Eva L. Moore’s murder) ~ February 28, 1939

Man Killed and Another Cut in An Early Morning Brawl (Columbus Hughes murder) ~ July 4, 1941

Skull Fracture Cause of Death - Missing Monday (Deciderio Martinez) ~ March 23, 1943

Augusta Farmer Takes His Life (George W. Sullivan) ~ June 2, 1943

Lives Of Two Are Snuffed By A Man (George & Eva Gladys Long) ~ February 10, 1945

Body Found in Field (C. H. Rice) ~ January 19, 1947

Murder, Suicide Takes Lives of Oil Hill Man and Wife (Mr. & Mrs. Fred Bramble) ~ February 5, 1949

Slain Man's Widow Called in Neff Case ~ April 30, 1949

Neff Jury in Third Day of Deliberations ~ May 6, 1949

Neff Guilty - Life Sentence Recommended ~ May 7, 1949

Leon Man Dies of Accidental Gunshot Wound - January 20, 1950

Augustan Dies of Wound Caused By Bullet In Brain (Willis Rodden) ~ February 24, 1950

El Dorado Youth Slays Dad in Fight at Home (Edward Knowles) ~ January 11, 1952

Youth Awaits Filling of Formal Charges ~ January 12, 1952

Pleads not Guilty to Homicide Charges ~ January 12, 1952

Knowles Charged in Slaying (John Knowles) ~ January 14, 1952

Bill Cooper Shoots Wife Then Ends His Own Life ~ October 30, 1952

El Doradoan Slain During Row; Shot Seven Times (Ralph O. Brinkley) ~ November 8, 1952

Murder in First Degree (Charles Camp) ~ November 10, 1952

Earl "Montana Red" Brumbo to Stand in Own Defense (William Enoch Byers) ~ May 11, 1953

Camp's Fate Still Rests with Jury (Charles Camp) ~ October 29, 1953

Camp Jury Fails to Reach Verdict ~ October 30, 1953

Elsie Winifred (Nan) Warner Death (Robert Ronald Stewart Trial ~ June 28, 1954

Defendant Testifies at Murder Trial (Warren Applegate, Dana Laraine Applegate) ~ April 12, 1955

Suicide (Charles L. Kelley, Jr.) and attempted Murders (William F. and Mabel Counter) ~ October 14, 1957

Oberst Family Tragedy In 1928 Shocked All Butler And Kansas (William Oberst Family Murder) ~ May 26, 1961

Augusta Couple Killed in Shooting at Service Station East of Here (E. L. & Grace Bohannan) ~ December 28, 1961

This Prowler Wears A Mask (William A. Lee home) ~ July 26, 1962

State Trooper is Shot to death; Three Men Apprehended in Manhunt ~ September 23, 1962

Skeleton To Be Buried But Mystery Remains ~ October 9, 1962

Butler County Funeral Ends Case Of Skeleton of Four Mile Creek ~ October 11, 1962

El Dorado's Mans Body Found (Patrick Lee Watkins) ~ July 13, 1963

Potwin Man is Found Dead (Paul Ullum) ~ July 12, 1963

L. H. Medley to be Charged in Death of El Dorado Man ~ December 14, 1963

Officers Seek Clues, Search For Murderer (William Jennings Burgett) ~ April 28, 1964

Butler Mysteries Lie Buried ~ November 6, 1965

Murder, Suicide Jury Determines (Mrs. Ruby and Joseph Edwards) ~ December 28, 1965

Camp Trip Ends in Death for Two Wichita Boys (Edgar Harvey Adair, Jr. & Jim Ritchie) ~ 1966

Hunt Pushed for Car of Slain Woman (Vickie Lynn Howell) ~ December 25, 1967

Man Shoots Ex-Wife, Self, Police Report (Gene and Connie Bowman) ~ Jan 9, 1968

KBI Awaits Lab Tests In Slaying (Vicki L. Howell) ~ Jan. 10, 1968

Whitewater Man is Shot to Death (Archie Hayes) ~ February 13, 1968

Couple Found Shot to Death (Stanley & Charlotte Frogge) ~ March 15, 1969

Forrest E. Reeder Murder / Terry Reeder Trial ~ August 15, 1970

El Dorado Woman Charged In Death Of Her Husband (Melba Wyman) ~ March 21, 1974

Augusta Woman (Pauline McDonald) Found Dead ~ May 7, 1974

Services Set for Pauline McDonald ~ May 8, 1974

Woman Shot Here, Dies of Gunshot Wounds (Nancy Guenthner) ~ June 21, 1975

Tom and Darlene Woodyard Murders ~ Noble Johnson Trial ~ September 6, 1975

Mom Killer Sent to Larned (Patricia Shultz) ~ April 17, 1976

Missing El Doradoan's Body Found on Farm Near Wichita ~ August 1, 1977

Suspect in Death of El Dorado Woman is Being Held in Wichita ~ August 9, 1977

Cause of Death Not Determined for Gill (Jeffrey Gill) ~ April 19, 1978

Man Is Fatally Stabbed At Rest Area (Patrick Masters) ~ March 1, 1979

18 Year Old Augusta Woman is Found Dead (Kay Robinson) ~ May 9, 1979

Local Man Killed in Local Motel (Robert "Bob" Andrews) ~ November 25, 1980

Robert Parsons Charged with 1st Degree Murder in Connection with death of Rosalie Parsons ~ December 30, 1980

Trooper Slain on Turnpike (Ferdinand Fredrick "Bud" Pribbenow) ~ July 12, 1981

Trucker Faces Murder 1; Drug Found On His Person (Sgt. Tom Wolf) ~ April 20, 1982

Shooting Death of El Dorado Driver Remains A Mystery (Kay Gordin) ~ December 20, 1982

Douglass Man Found Shot (Lawrence Hay) ~ December 22, 1982

Train Kills Augusta Man (Loren Kelley) ~ December 22, 1982

Oil Tank Fire Kills Dexter Man, El Dorado Man Badly Burned ~ December 22, 1982

Suspect Held for Douglass Murder ~ December 23, 1982

El Doradoan is Victim of Stabbing ~ December 24, 1982

Towanda Woman Found Dead (Barbara Johnston) ~ March 24, 1983

Murder Charge Filed in Towanda Death (Barbara & Randall Johnston) ~ March 25, 1983

Johnston Services Today ~ March 25, 1983

Randall Johnston Arraigned in Murder Charge ~ March 26, 1983

Johnston Found Hanged in his Butler County Jail Cell ~ March 30, 1983

Pursley Ruled Competent (Lawrence Hay, Jack Pursley) ~ April 7, 1983

Burns Man is Victim of Apparent Drowning at Lake ~ April 26, 1984

Kansas City, Kansas Man Charged in Deaths of Wife, Acquaintance (Wendie Stallard & Frank C. Dillon, Jr.) ~ January 30, 1987

Three Are Charged For County Murder (Leland Capps) ~ Jan. 7, 1987

Bernice Richards Drowns in El Dorado Lake ~ July 16, 1987

Gary & Cherie Barnes Murdered in their Rural Leon Home - Three Youths Charged ~ July 17, 1987

Fager Family Murders & William Butterworth Trial ~ January 1, 1988

Eurekan Bound Over for Murder (Trisha Coble) ~ November 17, 1989

Probe Continues After Body Found (Larry Sauer ~ November 27, 1989

Two El Doradoans Dead After Shooting (Ray Haigler & Sheila Moore) ~ April 22, 1990

Fatal Wreck Here (Daryl L. Stewart) ~ May 12, 1990

Mom and Daughter Murdered (Mildred & Janet McDowell) ~ April 12, 1991

El Dorado Man Beaten To Death (Timothy O. Hoyt) ~ 1992

Skeletal Remains Found ~ March 14, 1992

Murders and Suicide of Brady Family (Clarence, Don, Fredrica & Mary Brady) ~ March 14, 1992

Augusta Man Dies In Tragedy (Richard Wheeler) ~ March 22, 1992

Inmate Facing Murder Charge In Death (Keith D. Teufel) ~ July 13, 1992

Two Girls (Hannah & Kylie Follin) Stabbed to Death by Father at Lake ~ February 6, 1994

El Dorado Man Killed In Accident (David E. Logan II) ~ April 4, 1994

Enos Grandchildren Killed In Plane Crash ~ January 3, 1996

Michael Steven Lutter Charged with Attempted First Degree Murder ~ July 17, 1998

Augusta High School Teacher Killed Today ~ December 15, 2000

Details of Decade Old Murder (Eric Fowler, Torres) ~ January 8, 2002

Murder in Towanda (Ethel Jean Sommers) ~ May 20, 2002

Benton Man Stores Mothers Remains ~ May 20, 2002

Judge Binds Smith for Arraignment (Eduardo A. Garcia) ~ May 20, 2002

El Dorado Boy, 11, Dies at Scene of Head-on-Crash (Austin Alexander) ~ September 16, 2003

 

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