MURDERS, MYSTERIES & JUST PLAIN SPOOKY

THE DARKER SIDE OF SEDGWICK COUNTY, KANSAS

 

John Ross ~ Murdered by Osage Indians ~ October 1860

John Ledford ~ Murdered by Government Troops & Scouts ~ February 28, 1871

Jackson Davis ~ Murdered by Charles Jennison in a Shooting Affray ~ September 22, 1872

Charley Jennison Killed a Man in His Saloon ~ September 25, 1872

Sixth U.S. Cavalry Soldier Murdered in John Beard's (Red's) Dance House ~ January 2, 1873

Reed (a colored man) was Shot and Killed by Ramsey (a Texan) ~ June 1873

S. C. Johnson Treasurer of Sedgwick County Mysteriously Disappeared ~ 1873

Reddis was Shot and Killed by a Mexican at Oges Camp ~ August 16, 1873

William McKee was Killed by an Accidental Shot from a Pistol he was Repairing ~ August 20, 1873

John Snider was Thrown from a Buggy and Killed ~ August 23, 1873

John Beard was Shot by Joseph Lowe ~ October 27, 1873

Frank Seivers was Murdered and his Body Burned in a Paint Shop ~ January 1, 1874

The Tragedy at Lazette - Arthur Winner ~ January 4, 1874

A Tale of Horror - Confession of J. W. McNutt The Wichita Murderer - Arthur Winner - March 5 1874

Trial of Arthur W. Winner ~ June 18, 1874

Bloody Work - Hill & Stewart ~ June 18, 1874

"Leg" was Shot and Killed by Michael Meagher - January 1, 1876

Two Murders Occur In A Kansas Sunday School - Simon Smith, William Andrews & Benjamin Williams ~ September 28, 1886

William Parrish Foully Murdered While Fishing ~ July 17, 1887

J. E. Johnston Kills His Wife and Then Himself ~ December 7, 1887

Guilty of Willful Murder - Jake Tobler, Joe Tobler, Cass & Goodyhuntz ~ September 6, 1888

The Death Penalty Paid - Jake & Joe Tobler Hanged in the Jail at Wichita, Kansas ~ November 22, 1888

Edmund Braun Murdered and Robbed ~ January 22, 1889

Murdered His Wife (Dr. Nathan C. Hall; Anna Clough Hall) ~ February 13, 1889

Has Been There Before - William B. VanCleare, Frank Bellman, Woodruff ~ June 22, 1889

Edgar T. Brown Mysteriously Disappears ~ July 25, 1889

Charged with Double Murder (Jennie Thomas) ~ August 22, 1889

A Long Lost Husband Finds His Wife Remarried to A Criminal in Wichita, Kansas - 10 Nov 1891

A Wichita Saloon Keeper Arrested for Killing His Mistress (Clara Higginbotham, Daniel O'Leary ~ March 9, 1893

A Mystery at Wichita. The Body of A White Man Found in a Supposedly Deserted House - 27 Feb 1894

The Wichita Murder - Some Little LIght Thrown on the Mystery (James Dow) ~ March 8, 1894

Charles Matkins Found Dead in His House ~ February 12, 1895

Blood is Shed on Church Steps - Walter Scott Murders his Wife & Committs Suicide at Wichita ~ April 8, 1895

Murder Mystery Cleared Up ~ August 24, 1895

Body of Mrs. Roll Undoubtedly Taken From The Coffin ~ January 17, 1896

That Wichita Baby - Mother Found, She & Doctor Arrested for Murder ~ May 8, 1896

Wife Murder and Suicide at Wichita (O. E. Hart and Ida Hart) ~ June 23, 1896

Skull Crushed but may Recover ~ April 23, 1897

Tried, Convicted and Executed for Slaying Jesse Hibden, who Now Turns Out to Be Alive & In Prison ~ April 23, 1897

Killed a Mason (Chas. McCormick) ~ April 23, 1897

Steve Purdy Confesses ~ April 23, 1897

Murder Trial of J. V. Cunningham Begins at Wichita, Kansas Today ~ May 20, 1897

Murder at Wichita - Mrs. Underwood Killed While Walking with her Husband ~ December 8, 1897

A Kansas Mystery - Joseph New Shot ~ December 25, 1897

Andrew F. Ross of Clearwater Found Near Crawford's Opera House - April 1, 1898

Alleged Infanticide (Kleinigger Baby) ~ July 8, 1898

Tom Miller Killed by A Negro Said to be From Topeka ~ December 16, 1898

Murder of Edwin Jones & Trial ~ March 21, 1899

Kansas Outlaw Has Been Murdered by Comrades He Betrayed ~ June 21, 1899

Was It Murder? Mystery Surrounding Death of A Wichita Girl ~ June 26, 1899

John Goroth Shot and Killed by Alfred Hatfield ~ August 28, 1899

An Indian Romance & Suit for Libel - April 13, 1900

Charley Foultz Killed While Burglarizing ~ November 27, 1900

Mystery Over A Shooting - Lee Webster Was Bound to District Court at Cheney - Dec 11, 1900

Baby Choked to Death By Hands of Mother (Mary Marks) ~ May 12, 1901

Resident of Wichita at Point of Death as Result of an Assault (T. Hart) ~ August 23, 1901

George W. Trout Was Shot & Kill by an Officer ~ February 19, 1902

Luther Crossweight Killed By Willis Bartlett ~ July 13, 1902

Georgia Bentley Murder ~ March 31, 1903

Dr. W. L. Doyle Shot G. P. Varnouf Then Took Poison ~ July 19, 1903

William Flynn Shot In Cold Blood By Ralph Bain ~ September 15, 1903

Clarence Williams Kills Guy Crabb Instantly ~ December 13, 1903

Edward Bockemuehl Killed by Brother-in-Law, George Pritchett ~ June 24, 1904

Michael Devine's Body Was Found in Arkansas River - 26 Apr 1906

Charles Martin Kills His Wife (Martha) and Then Takes His Own Life ~ August 24, 1906

Edward Hoehle Shot and Killed ~ November 30, 1906

Free of Murder Charge - Roy Stevens Accused of Killing Dora Bright in Wichita Last Fall ~ April 17, 1907

Pastor Andrew Burbridge Murders Wife (Mary Burbridge) ~ May 6, 1907

Murder of Two Unknown Men Between El Dorado & Wichita Contines to be a Mystery - August 4, 1908

Oscar Huber Kills Wife, Helen, Then Kills Himself ~ November 11, 1908

Arrested on Murder Charge (John DeMoss) ~ April 23, 1910

Shoemaker Murdered At Shop & Trial (Lemke Cohen) ~ December 11, 1910

Skeleton Found In Old Office Desk ~ March 1, 1911

Negro Dying From Shot Fired After Poker Game & Trial (David Lawson) ~ July 29, 1911

A Kansas Mystery Solved - 7 Oct 1911

Skeleton Is Dug Up Near High School ~ November 16, 1911

Albert Eakins Kills Wife Then Takes His Own Life ~ December 16, 1911

Murder at Wichita (Myrtle Wright) ~ December 30, 1911

Emma Deisher Shot To Death By Step-Son ~ December 6, 1912

Wichita Murder Suspect (A. Schramm) ~ December 10, 1912

Leonora Sawyer Slowly Starved To Death ~ October 7, 1913

No Light on Wichita Missing Man Mystery - 27 Mar 1914

Blow On Chin Kills Samuel Tate ~ August 14, 1914

Isaac Epperson Murder & Trial ~ Sept. 6, 1914

Maude Bennett Murder & Trial ~ October 29, 1914

George Williams (Oklahoma Slim) Murder & Trial ~ March 2, 1915

Death of Girl Is A Mystery (Esther Dudley) ~ June 15, 1915

Two Masked Bandits Murder and Rob Grocer (William Sutton) ~ October 11, 1915

Hasty Marriage Led to Double Killing ~ December 30, 1915

Porter Strickland Killed In Place He Kept ~ September 15, 1916

Killed By Her Brother (May Brockert) ~ January 2, 1917

Mystery in Wichita Assault Intenerated Baker Attacked in Bed by Three Men - 27 Mar 1917

Taxi Man Frank W. Stolliker Murdered For Fares ~ January 18, 1918

Man's Skeleton Found in River ~ May 11, 1918

Whiskey Caused A Murder? - William F. Carroll ~ March 1, 1920

Grocer Shoots Wife, Then Slays Himself (John and Julia Shacklett) ~ May 7, 1920

Husband (Edward Stiger) Killed Mrs. Mabel Stiger & Trial ~ June 21, 1920

Carrie Cunningham Slain by Spurned Lover (Theodore Ossweiler, Jr.) ~ August 4, 1920

Bus Driver Held For J. G. Ashley's Death ~ August 4, 1920

Hold Man Charged with Driving Men who Shot Wichita Detectives - Harvey Willis, W. H. Ballard - September 1, 1920

Ella Cruse Stangled to Death by Husband, George, and Trial ~ February 7, 1921

Mystery in Girl's Death - Poison Forced Down Throat of Topeka Young Woman, She Said - 19 Feb 1921

Man and Woman Trailed Her - Catherine Longoker - 19 Feb 1921

New Byers Case Mystery - May 21, 1921

An Arrest in Banta Case - Employee of Wichita Travel Company Released after Questioning - July 11, 1921

Evan Robinson Shoots & Kills Wife, Olive, Then Kills Self ~ July 20, 1921

Mystery War in Wichita Bullets Flew in College Hill, But From Whence, No One Knows - 27 Jul 1921

Woman Seeks Clue to Her Own Identity, Mrs. Huffman Stolen When A Child Wants to Know Real Name - 04 Oct 1921

Unsolved Murder Mysteries in Wichita During the Past Decade ~ November 13, 1921

Two Wichita Policemen Dead and Three Wounded, The Cost ~ November 23, 1921

Wichita Taxi-Driver Slain ~ Turner Cage Tucker ~ June 16, 1922

Kansas Authorities Deny Couple Wanted for Slaying Chauffeur were Kidnapped - June 23, 1922

Patrolman Dies After Assailant Admits Shooting ~ H. R. Brown ~ January 6, 1925

Frustrate Jail Break After A Turnkey Killed (Frank Hill) ~ August 16, 1927

Two Shot In Wichita Gun Fight (Wesley Wilson & Dick Edison) ~ August 14, 1930

Aged Wichitan Killed In Row Over Rent (Abner Brady) ~ June 30, 1931

Jury Returns Verdict of 1st Degree in Sylvester Henry's Sensational Murder Trial ~ November 24, 1933

Zell Matthews Murder ~ June 17, 1941

Body of Bruce Smoll Discovered ~December 26, 1943

Hoefgen Signs Confession of Guilt in Death ~ December 27, 1943

Factual Web Woven about Hoefgen to Assure Conviction & Death Penalty ~ December 28, 1943

Many Deatils Still Unsolved ~ December 28, 1943

Tailor Kills Inspector and Shoots Himself ~ April 7, 1944

Wichita - Slaying Trial Set - First Degree Murder (Armanda Wilson) ~ May 22, 1953

Re-Arraignment Held For Two - Murder Charges Wording Changed (Sadie Swanson) ~ October 9, 1953

John and Rosemary Leidy Murder/Suicide ~ March 22, 1954

Wichita Man Gets 50 Years Sentence for Murder (James Woods) ~ May 4, 1955

Wichita Man Uses A Butcher Knife as Murder Weapon (Earl Bibbins) ~ March 2, 1956

Slain Jeweler Alive Saturday (William F. Braden Jr.) ~ March 13, 1956

Wife Admits Shooting 48-Year Old Victim, City Detectives Report (Iva A. & Charles F. Jones) - June 27, 1956

Wichita Man faces First Degree Murder (Roman Curtis) ~ July 27, 1956

Wichita Woman Freed in Butcher Knife Murder (Flossie Ledman) ~ May 3, 1957

Wichitan Confesses Stabbing Mrs. Guinn ~ July 24, 1960

Wichita Woman (Douglas Mae Dorrell) Shot To Death By Bandit ~ May 30, 1961

Man Found Fatally Shot at Residence (Herbert Whitman) ~ 1963

Murder Charge Filed in Death (Gary Knost & Gene Rigsby) ~ January 28, 1963

Girl Watches Last Breath of Victim (Mary Aubert & Gary Knost) ~ January 28, 1963

Earl & Ruth Bowlin Gruesome Murders ~ April 18, 1963

Station Attendant Killed by 1 Shot, Autopsy Shows ~ April 19, 1963

8 Children See Mother, Father Slain (Minnie & Vernon Brooks) ~ May 12, 1964

Shooting Victims' Double Services to Be Saturday (George & Edith Barnett) ~ February 16, 1968

Wichitan, 22, Charged In Shooting (Robin Austin) ~ August 17, 1968

Manslaughter Is Charge In Auto Death of Mrs. Bruce McClure ~ August 17, 1968

Coin Dealer ~ Jack Hazelwood ~ Disappears ~ November 1, 1969

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

Teacher and Wife Slain; Robbery Suspected Motive (Robert and Letha Temple) ~ August 31, 1979

Despondent Couple Die Together ~ 26 Nov 1980

Testimony Begins In Trial Of Accused Killer Crease ~ 9 Dec 1980

Did Jack Hazelwood Die Accidentally? ~ 11 Dec 1980

Noel Barber Murder ~ July 22, 1985

Hattie Smith Murder ~ June 12, 1987

Night of Revelry Ends In Slaying of WSU Student (Alice Mayfield) ~ January 2, 1988

3 Deaths Likedly Murder-Suicide (Doug, Nicholas & Melissa Marx) ~ October 24, 1988

Wichitan Digging In Yard Unearths Grim Surprise ~ September 6, 1989

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

Bloudgeoning Brings Sentence of 4-to-15 For Wichitan, 24 ~ 3 July 1992

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

 
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