June 10, 1871

Two Negro murderers were hanged yesterday at Marion, Kansas. Both struggled violently, and had to be carried to the scaffold.

June 22, 1893

WAS PROBABLY MURDERED
The body of an Unknown Man Found in a Small Creek near Marion, Kansas

June 19--The body of an unknown man was found in a small creek about a mile below the city at 6 o'clock this evening. The discovery was made by some emigrant parties who were camping near the creek. A trace chain about eight feet long was fastened around the neck, and a wound, probably made by some blunt instrument, was on the back of the head. THe face is bruised and there is every indication that the man was murdered. No papers were found on teh body but a poker chip attached to a leather string which bore on one side the initial letter H and on the other A was found in one of the pockets.
  The deceased had on two pairs of pants, th outer pair being striped. THe corooner's inquest will be held tomorrow.
  The man is undoubtably a stranger as on one here has as yet been able to identify him. He is supposed to have been dead a week when found.


April 9, 1901
Robert Burton Guilty of First degree Murder in Marion. April 8.-Robert H. Burton was today convicted of murder inthe first degree of killing Patrick Hoffman a neighboring farmer last November and was gvien a life sentence. They quarreled over a girl and Burton shot Hoffman in the face with a shotgun.


February 16, 1903
A Kansan Guilty of Murder
The Third Trial of R.H.Barton at Marion, Kansas, Resulted in Conviction.
Marion, Kas., Feb. 16-Robert H. Barton was convicted of murder to-day in the second degree after a week's trial, the third trial of the case. Barton shot Frederick Hoffman, a farmer more than three years ago in a restaurant in Marion. They quarreled over a sweetheart. On the first trial Burton was found guilty of muder in the first degree, but the case was reversed. A year ago he was tried agin with a verdict of second degree. This was reversed. This trial results the same. A cousin of Burton killed a man in the Indian Territory last Saturday while the trial was in progress.


Carr's Fate With Jury Marion, Kan., July 4 - The fate of Wm. T. Carr, charged with the murder of Express Messenger Baily by a brutal assault with a hatchet on the night of March 29 is now in the hands of the jury. Judge Moore read his instructions Thursday morning and the case was argued Thursday afternoon. (Adair County Sentinel, July 10, 1908, page 3)

Emporia Gazette, February 17, 1909

Marion, Kan., Feb 17---W. T. Carr, aged 30, was today found guilty of murder in the second-degree of the charge of killing O.A. Bailey, an express messenger. The murder was committed on a Santa Fe railroad express car between Marion and Newton, in 1907. Carr was a friend of Bailey's. That state set up the plea that Carr entered Bailey car and attacked the messenger with a hatchet, murdering him for the purpose of robbery. The first trial resulted in a hung jury.

May 16, 1912 -- Murder in Lincolnville (May 10, 1912)

Marion Record

The Lincolnville neighborhood was the scene of a murder last Friday the crime having been committed about noon on Friday. The victim was Mrs. John Kapaun. Her father in law, Ignavor Ignatius Kapaun is in jail to answer for the crime.

Ignatius Kapaun is a man about 53 years of age. He owns the farm a couple of miles southwest of Lincolnville and also other property. He was living on the 1 farm with is son, John Kapaun and his son’s wife, the victim. He has several other children but none of them were living there. The dead woman was Miss Rosa Moss before her marriage with took place last January. She was 18 years of age. On Friday John Kapaun went over to work on some land which he had rented some distance away and took his dinner with him. He left his wife and his father at home. About five o’clock in the evening when he returned home and when he came in saw that the diner dishes were still on the table and did not see his wife anyplace about the house. He passed through the front room where his wife’s body was lying but did  not notice it as it was covered up with the rug. His wife was house cleaning and he thought that the rug was torn up for that purpose. He then went out to the chicken house to look for his wife and not finding her there he came to the house again and went upstairs. Upstairs he found a little cabinet which he kept papers, broken open and papers lying all over the floor. This alarmed him and he ran down stairs and this time pushed the rug aside and found there the body of his dead wife. He ran to the phone and phoned to the man at whose place he had been working that his wife had been murdered and then ran from the house and down the road to meet the neighbor. Of course he was under great excitement by this time. Dr. Meyer was called and he and others hurried to the scene. Dr. R.C.Smith, the county coroner, was then summoned and together with County Attorney Williams and Sheriff Slaymaker went at once to Lincolnville, arriving at about eleven o’clock at night. They found a great many people gathered at the scene of the tragedy and found that suspicion was directed toward the father-in-law and that the father-in-law, Ignatius Kapaun had not returned home as was his custom and that he was at the home of a neighbor, Mr. Lusket, and that he had been seen in the yard at that place in the afternoon with a gun. Sheriff Slaymaker accompanied by the Lincolnville drayman and a driver went to the place and fond him and took him in custody. He was in the house lying on a couch and offered no resistance to going. When Slaymaker went in he said, “ I know who you are and I will go with you.”  After he was in the buggy he talked a great deal begging the sheriff to shoot him and all that sort of thing. He was taken at once to the scene of the killing and taken into the house for the purpose of testing his behavior. The body of the dead woman had been left just where it was found. When he was taken in he looked all around the side of the room and not toward the place where the body lay and finally sat down on the couch and pretended not to know what was going on. Finally his attention was directed toward the body. He said that it “looked like John’s wife” and then gave way to emotion, which the officers say was apparently faked in great part. One minute he would make a sort of equivocal confession and then he would deny that he knew anything about it. He told all sorts of rambling stories. He was brought to Marion that night and lodged in jail. Saturday evening he made an attempt to kill himself by butting his head against the iron rail.

 The crime must have taken place about noon. The condition of the dinner table showed that one of the two had dinner and that the other had not finished dinner. Ignatius Kapaun had been talking of buying a buggy from Frank Dieferie and the plan had been for him to come to Marion on that day to make the purchase. About eleven o’clock Mr. Keiferle, who was at Lincolnville, called the house by phone and Mrs. John Kapuan answered the call and then called Ignatus to the phone. Mr Keiferle says that he talked as naturally as he ever had-said that he couldn’t come that day but that he would come the next day. Said that Ignatus was buying the buggy for his son and wanted the son to come to Marion to pick out the buggy he wanted. It must have been no more than half an hour after this conversation that the crime was committed.

 The death was evidently caused by strangulation and that was the finding of the coroner’s jury. The jury also found that the victim came to her death as the result of strangulation at the hands of Ignatus Kapaun.
It is said that Kapaun contends that the troubles started over property matters. He says that he said to his daughter-in-law that she and John were to have the place after he was gone but that the other children would also have to be provided for and that she answered that the place was theirs now and Mr. Kapuan says “that made me mad. I don’t know what I did.” There was much talk of another motive having been back of the terrible crime but Dr. Smith says that such was not proven at the inquest. The defendants previous reputation was not good explaination that appears in his business dealings as far as the writer can find was not considered undependable. His wife went insane 8 or 10 years ago and died in the asylum several years ago.

The coroners jury consisted of Dr. Grant Meyer, Henry Rohloffe, Frank Franta, Sr., Henry Bredmeier, F. J. Pospisil and Frank Franta Jr.

The preliminary trial will be held before judge L. F. Keller on June 10.


Murder of Herbert J. Kindred - August 11, 1948

A bizarre and almost unbelievable unfolding of a series of events leading up to the violent death last Wednesday of 60-year old Herbert J. Kindred is being revealed this week. The case is one of solving a gruesome crime committed on the little used country road near the Fairplay schoolhouse west of Florence. The accused man, William E. Gayer, 29, tells a strange story of being offered $1,000 by Kindred to kill him so his wife could collect large insurance policies.

August, 1948
Sheriff Lloyd Davies reports that William Gayer, accused murderer or Herbert Kindred, has indicated, on several occasions, a desire or willingness to plead guilty to the murder providing he could be assured of avoiding the death penalty. In a first degree murder conviction in Kansas, the penalty may be either death by hanging or life imprisonment.

November 10, 1948
A burly, six foot truck driver, tears running down his cheeks, heard a jury acquit him today of the slaying of Herbert J. Kindred, Kansas' mystery financier.
William E. Gayer's acquittal brought a burst of emotion both from him and his family in the little courtroom where for 12 days the strange murder trial wove itself around Kindred's financial manipulations which may cost creditors $750,000.
Witnesses had testified Gayer had related that Kindred, head of an Empria Loan Company, had tried to hire him for $1,000 to kill him as a way out of his (Kindred's) financial troubles. Gayer insisted he had refused to do the killing.
Kindred, 60, a well-liked and respected Emporia business leader had been missing two days when hi sbody was found on a lonely road near Florence last August. Four bullets had pierced his body.
Gayer was arrested several days later.
The discovery of the body, identified by Mrs. Kindred as that of her husband, brought out the collapse of Kindred's loan company dealings in Emporia. His finance company was disolved by court order and an administerator named to save whatever assets might be recovered.
Testimony at the dissolution hearing brought out losses to creditors might run as high as $750,000. At both the murder trial and the dissolution hearing testimony was offered that many of Kindred's notes were fraudulent.



The Marion Record-Review – January 6 1955
Still Seek Missing Hillsboro Student
Kansas City officials and Kansas Bureau of Investigation operatives are still attempting to unravel the mysterious disappearance of Norman Seibel, senior at Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas whose home is at Hillsboro. He is the only son of Mr. & Mrs. Ed Seibel, who have been at Kansas City since announcement of the disappearance before Christmas.
There was still hope that he would appear Monday this week when classes resumed at the school after the holidays but he didn't show up.

Last seen on December 19, Seibel dropped completely out of sight. His roommate did not report his absence since he thought Seibel had gone home for the holidays. His parents thought he was staying at the school, so it was several days later that I was realized that there was mystery in the disappearance.
The missing man's car was found parked at the Kansas City Union station, having an overparking ticket as of the 19th.
A young couple, Cpl. Waldo Renich, Newton, on leave from Ft. Meade, Md., and Mrs. Renich student nurse at the center, were apparently the last to see Seibel. They had had coffee at their apartment and the three, the Reniches say, had planned to drive to Newton for Christmas. Renich asked for lie detector test and was given the test Tuesday, with results not yet publicly announced.
Mrs. Seibel is reported near collapse from the long nerve strain in the vigil waiting word of her son.
Latest tip investigated by officers was that of two men who said they directed a young man of Seibel's description to a quarry, after he asked where he could go for some target practice with his pistol. He had purchased .22 shells at the hardware store where the witness was at the time. That was about two weeks ago. He had said he was a medical student, the witness claims. Search of that quarry and another, however, failed to turn up any new evidence in the disappearance.

The Marion Record-review January 13, 1955 Johnson County Sheriff Rug well in Johnson County rules Suicide
The body of Norman Seibel, Kansas City Medical Center student who's home is in Hillsboro was found Friday, January 7 in an abandoned dug well in Johnson County, Kansas about eight miles straight west from the Kansas City Union Station where his car had been found December 19. The Johnson County Sheriff termed death as suicide.
Seibel had been the object of one of the area's most intensive manhunts by Johnson County enforcement officers, Kansas City and Kansas Bureau of Investigation operatives during the 20 days after the disappearance.
Seibel, 24, was an especially brilliant medical student at the center and was due for graduation this semester, finishing the work in much less time than the regular schedule calls for. He was of quiet, studious nature and nothing in any of his actions gave friends any indication that he was contemplating self destruction.
The body was found by James Earnshaw, 19, a hunter, who first found the revolver hanging on a pile of brush which covered the well. He took the gun and fired four shots from it. He thought children had taken it and thrown it away after being frightened. He turned the weapon over to a policeman. He later remembered the search for Seibel in the general vicinity and went back to the scene with a brother. He could see the body in the well after his eyes got accustomed to the darkness in the hole.
When officers investigated, the body in the well, was found a penciled note, which at length stated his intention to take his own life and the reasons for it. The writing was identified by a handwriting expert as being that of Seibel. Norman expressed his inability in the note of seeing any good in himself though having faith in the existence of good. In it also he expressed desire that he wouldn't be found.
First examination failed to show bullet wounds, and the only injuries thought to have been suffered were head injuries by the fall into the well. The gun had been shot twice before Earnshaw found it.
Funeral services were conducted at the Hillsboro High school auditorium Sunday attended by an estimated 1500 people.



Tampa Double Murder 1977
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August 31, 1977 - Tampa Kansas (UPI) - The bodies of a couple found Monday by their children were identified Tuesday by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) as Dennis Armstrong, 30 and his wife Evelyn, 28.
KBI agent Jack Ford said the bodies of the Armstrongs, who lived in an isolated farm house northwest of here, were found about 4 p.m. Monday by their two children returning home from their first day of school. "The victims had been shot several times," Ford said.
The investigation by KBI agents and the Marion County sheriff had not produced any suspects in the apparent double homicide, Ford said.
There has been some indication that this is a drug related situation, Ford said."They found on the premises some sacks of cut marijuana."
Marion County Atty. John Johnson concurred the Armstrongs had been shot, but would not release any other information.
A young girl, thought to be about 2 years old, was in an upstairs room of the two-story frame house whne the bodies were found by the two older Armstrong children, a boy about 10 and a girl about 8.

FEBRUARY 9, 1978-- Joseph W. Brigman, 21, a Fort Riley soldier, has been charged with two counts of first degree murder in connection with a double homicide Aug. 29 near Tampa. He is accused in the shooting deaths of Dennis Armstrong, 31, and his wife Evelyn, 28, at their farm home northwest of Tampa.
December 1990 - Michael L. Keffeler, 50, convicted of 1977 murders of Dennis and Evelyn Armstrong, east of Tampa, will meet with the parole board at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility in January to request that he be released from prison in February.