Buchanan County, Missouri
Crime News

 
Arye Beaman
of Omaha, fourteen years of age, was held by the police on suspicion of knowing the facts in the mysterious killing of Harold McKinney.  He was released Wednesday as nothing could be found against him.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph Mo., April 6,1918

Col. Benton Arrested-
The St. Joseph Adventurer says: "Old Bullion was arrested on Thursday, the 9th inst. at St. Joseph, Missouri, at the instance of Judge Birch.  For slander, in publicly charging the Judge with improper conduct in his family.  Bol Benton has filed an answer and petitioned for a change of venue to Clinton county, the residence of Judge Birch-Galena Gazette
Source: Wisconsin Express, Madison WI, Sept. 4, 1849

Louis Bulling-
St. Joseph, Mo., Sept. 5;—The history of the gallows tells no more hideous story than that of the execution of Louis Bulling, the St. Joseph wife murderer, at Savannah, Mo.; yesterday afternoon. Before the execution Bulling attempted suicide by shooting himself in the left breast with a revolver, believed to have been given him by a clergyman who had been with him for several hours. Sheriff Barry had set the hour for the execution at 10 o'clock a. m. When he went to the cell at 6 o'clock to prepare the doomed man for the scaffold Bulling .pleaded so pitifully for an extension of a few hours that the sheriff yielded and. gave him until 2 o'clock to live.

Another Respite and Two Shots
When 2 o'clock arrived Bulling renewed his supplications to the sheriff and falling on his knees pleaded for one hour more. The sheriff granted his request and removing the guard from the cell Moor left the doomed man alone with his spiritual adviser, Rev. August Lavake. The silence of the jail was only broken by the voice of the priest when suddenly two shots
rang out.
The sheriff ran to the cell and found the priest prostrate on the floor, have fainted. At his side lay Bulling, weltering in his own blood which flowed from wounds in his breast. He had shot himself twice with a revolver. A hasty examination of Bulling's body showed that one of the bullets had entered the left breast and glancing from a rib had passed around his body and come out of his back. The other bullet had only inflicted a slight flesh wound in his left side.

Dragged to the Gallows Cursing.
He had not lost consciousness, and when the sheriff ordered four deputies to carry him to the scaffold he cursed and  swore at them in a horrible manner. The deputies dragged the struggling man to the courtyard and lifted him upon the gallows. He refused to stand, and they placed him upon a chair. As he sat there he presented a revoking spectacle.  His hands and face were covered with blood, which also stained his shirt, and blood was streaming through his shoes,  whence it had run from the wounds in his breast.

Went to Eternity Blaspheming
He cursed and swore at the deputies, cried and screamed for mercy, and shrieked in terror. The sheriff gave him a  large glass of brandy, and he swallowed it at one gulp. Finally he was told to get up and stand upon the drop. He  refused, and four deputies held him up while the rope was being adjusted. The black cap was placed over his head,  and yelling, screaming, and blaspheming he shot through the opening at exactly 8:21 o'clock. His neck was broken by  the fall, and he died almost instantly.

The Priest In Jail.
The Rev. Lavake, who is believed to have provided the murderer with the revolver, was immediately arrested and is now confined in jail. He declines to be interviewed. Bulling cell was thoroughly searched Thursday night and no weapon was found. The only persons admitted to the cell since that time were a newspaper man, the deputies and the Rev.  Lavake.

Lavake Says He Is Innocent.
Later.— Mr.- Lavake was interviewed by a reporter last evening regarding Bulling's attempted suicide. He said he did not give Bulling the revolver, and had no idea where it came from. He was on his knees praying, he said, when Bulling shot himself.
Date: 1891-09-05; Paper: Elkhart Daily Review. Contributed by Barb Z

Ed Carboy
who was in a robbery here in November, 1915, and has since been an inmate of State Hospital No. 2, escaped from that instituion Wednesday night.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, Mo., June 22, 1918

Clay Carson shoots Thomas C. Dyson
AS a result of straight shooting from a revolver in the hands of Clay (Kit) Carson at 8 o'clock Thursday morning, Thomas C. Dyson, a special officer who had been employed by the Burlington road, is dead and Mrs. Nora Tourbier, his housekeeper, was badly hurt by being bruised and cut by glass and a fall from a window fifteen feet above the ground, to which she fell when Carson was putting well directed shots into the body of Dyson.

At the hour above mentioned W.B. Stanton, who operates a garage at 2027 St. Joseph Avenue, directly opposite the house in which the shooting occurred, heard the screams of a woman and next saw her body crash through a window and then hurtle to the ground.  With some other men he rushed across and picking up the frantic woman carried her to a house close by and asent for physicians who sent her to a hospital.  Then the party entered the house and found Dyson lying on the floor in a dying condition.  Near him was a revolver with two empty chambers.

When Mrs. Toubier was calmed, she said that 8 o'clock Carson rapped at the door, and knowing that he was jealous of her, she ran into Dyso9n's room and awakened him.  The latter grasped a pistol and the next she knew the shooting began.  When it ended Carson had disappeared and Dyson was so badly wounded that he died shortly after.  To escape Carson, Mrs. Tourbier jumped from the window.

The bullet which killed Dyson struck him in the left breast and ranged upward into the neck.  Dyson was 42 years of age and was a widower.  Mrs. Tourbier is 30 years of age, and a divorced woman.  On Friday morning Carson surrendered himself to Sheriff Isaacson.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, MO, Feb. 21, 1920


Harold Christian
19 years old, was arrested Tuesday on the charge of feloniously wounding John Fountain, aged 18, with a knife at Dug Cut the day before.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, Mo. September 25, 1915

E.L. Cooper
While the family were absent two weeks ago, a sneak theif entered the home of E.L. Cooper, 1205 Ashland Ave. and appropriated the family silverware.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, Mo., Sept. 7, 1918

A.H. Eilber
Early Sunday night A.H. Eilberg, a grocer at 1802 Edmond, was held up and robbed of $14, by three young men.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, Mo., Nov. 1, 1919

Mrs. Tena Deppen
On the night of Dec. 31, a valuable mare was stolen from Mrs. Tena Deppen, residing seven miles east of St. Joseph, on the road to Maysville.  Parties were in the city yesterday, in search of the animal, which they described as a black mare, nine years old, one and a half hands high, small star in the forehead, little white on one hind foot, and two saddle marks.  A blind bridle was stolen at the same time.  The supposed thieves are both young men, from 20 to 25 years old, formerly from Bethany, MO.,  One is about 5 feet 10 inches tall, spare built, round face, brown eyes, black moustache and short hair.  Had on a yellow colored hat.  The other is about 6 feet tall, light complexion, no beard and has a Roman nose.  A reward of $50 will be paid for the return of the animal and the conviction of the thieves, or $25 for the animal.  The officeres here are on the look out.
Source: St. Joseph Weekly Gazette, St. Joseph, MO, Jan. 9, 1879

George Estell
employed by the Hunt Bros. commission house, was arrested Tuesday, charged with using seditious language.  He was arraigned before Commissioner Colt and bound over.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, Mo., June 22, 1918

Dr. Embree
We regret to learn that on Friday, the 8th ultimo, Dr. M.L. Embree was shot at his own house, in the neighborhood of Rock House Prairie, Buchanan County, Missouri, by Dr. J.P. Blanks, of the same neighborhood.  Dr. Embree died, we understand, in about one hour after receiving the fatal shot.  Dr. Blanks left immediately and has not, as we learn, been heard of since.  We learn that the citizens have offered a reward of $1,500 and Mrs. Embree $500, making a reward of $2,000 for the apprehension of Blanks, and his delivery to the jailor of Buchanan County jail.
Source: Richmond Dispatch, Richmond VA Aug. 18, 1854

CARL FISHER HELD ON ASSAULT CHARGE
Helped Lynch Negro for Similar Crime at St. Joseph

ST. JOSEPH, Mo.. Oct. 2
- Carl Fisher was in Jail here to-day, charged with a crime similar to one for which he helped lynch, a negro attacker November 28, 1933.
Fisher was held in default of $2,000 bond of a charge of assault with intent to attack a woman.
Although a dozen were indicted for participation in the lynching of Lloyd Warner, the negro.
Fisher was the only one to be punished. He served three months in jail upon pleading guilty to theft of a pistol in the mob's raid on the sheriff's quarters.
[Hannibal Evening Courier-Post, Wed. Oct. 2, 1935] C. Horton 0609



H.C. Foster
A second warrant was issued for H.C. Foster, who shot Dennis Abuschon Wednesday.  He invaded the latter's place after the shooting and threatened others.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, MO. August 10, 1918

Alex Gaston
who shot and seriously wounded Charles D. Fox, superintendent of the city lighting plant, last July was let off with a $100 fine in criminal court Wednesday.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, MO., Feb. 7, 1920

Clifford D. Gibbs
raised such a racket at No. 410 North Sixth street about midnight Monday that he was arrested.  He claimed he was trying to see his son who lives with his mother, the Gibbs being divorced.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, MO., April 6,1918

J.W. Gore
twenty-two years of age, was arrested Monday, suspected of the late hold up in East St. Joseph
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, MO., Feb. 7, 1920

Elmer Gulick-
A SCANDAL IN AN ASYLUM
Dr. Kuhn Announces a General Shakeup at St. Joseph.
St. Joseph, Missouri.—As a result of sensational disclosures In the trial of a guard, charged with aiding a patient to escape.
Dr. W. F. Kuhn, superintendent of State Hospital for the Insane No. 2, announced Wednesday that there would be a general shaking up at the Institution. Elmer Gulick, a local character, was sentenced to the penitentiary for three years for burglary.
Gov. Folk, upon representation that Gulick was Insane, ordered him sent to the state hospital. Gulick was released one night by B. B. Renfro, a guard, who said Elmer Dykes, another guard, presented an order of release purporting to have the signature of Dr. Kuhn. The superintendent says it was a forgery and Dykes has been held to the grand jury on a felony charge.
Renfro was arrested Tuesday on a similar charge, and other arrests are expected. It developed at the Dykes hearing that outsiders were In the habit of smuggling In whisky to patients through guards.
[Alma, Wabaunsee County, Kansas October 16, 1908 Page 2 - submitted by Barb Z- 2009]

Harris, Frank
a saloonkeeper of St. Joseph, was recently arrested on the chargeof complicity in the late Savannah bank robbery, when bonds to the value of $15,000 were stolen.  All manner of burglars tools were found in his den.
Source: Potosi Journal, Potosi, MO, Feb. 19, 1896

Charles Hart
was bound over to the criminal court Tuesdayby Justice Loomis, charged with intent to kill John Cordrah, from whom he had stolen goods, and who chased Hart from his place of business.
Source: St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, Mo., Jan. 3, 1920


Herbert Holdridge
of this city is under arrest at Wichita on a bigamy charge.  His arrest was caused by his first wife, Matetus G. Lorimor, of this city.   Holdridge had also married Gertrude Olson of Lamont, Okla.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, MO. Feb. 2, 1918

George Hubbard
FATAL SALOON ROW.
George Hubbard Stabs Pat Cavanagh at St. Joseph. ST. JOSEPH, Mo. Feb. 15.-(Special Telegram to the BEE)-At a late hour last night George Hubbard, proprietor of a saloon on Fredrick avenue, fatally stabbed pat Cavannaugh in the latter's saloon on fourth street. The quarrel grew out of an altercation between James Cavannaugh, a brother of Pat's and Hubbard at a masquerade ball a few weeks ago at the city hall. When the stabbing occurred a policeman had arrested both parties. Hubbard jerked away from the policeman and made a lunge at Cavannaugh, cutting a gash in his left side just below the heart, three inches long. It was at first thought that the wounded man would recover, but he took a sudden relapse at noon to-day and physicians have despaired of his life. Hubbard in attempting to cut Cavanaugh, cut through the front rim of the policeman's helmet, barely missing his eyes.
Source: Omaha Daily Bee, Omaha, NE, Feb. 16, 1888, page 2, transcribed and submitted by Robin Line

William Huff
Some skunk stole William Huff's Buick while he was at church Sunday night.
Source: The ST. Joseph Observer, Feb. 7, 1920

McGinnis Jeffreys-
Postal Thief Arrested. ST JOSEPH, Mo., January 24.
McGinnis Jeffreys, night clerk of the post office here, was arrested tonight by Inspectors Crowall and Boyd, of the post office department, for rifling a registered, letter. The money was placed in a test letter, which was found in his pocket-book and he confessed the crime.
Source: Galveston News January 25, 1883
[submitted by a Friend- 2008]

Dr. Jones
The Murder of Doctor Jones
On Monday night June 18th, 1848, between the hours of ten and eleven oclock, a man by the name of Gibson went to the residence of Dr. Jones, at the Rockhouse Prairie, in Buchanan County.  While there he made use of very offensive and abusive language to the Doctor and his lady, whereupon he was ordered to leave the premises.  Gibson, after reaching the porch, refused to go any further .  As the Doctor, [without any weapons] approached him, Gibson caught him by the collar of his coat, and inflicted a mortal wound, which terminated in death the next evening.

Dr. McDonald, who now resides in St. Joseph, was immediately sent for to administer to the necessities of the suffering and dying man.  All efforts, however, were unavailing; the Doctor died the next afternoon, and was buried in neighboring cemetery , his corpse being followed to its last resting place by many friends, who sincerely mourned the loss of a kind neighbor, a leading citizen and a thoroughbred physician.

The Doctor was a graduate of one of the prominent medical schools of Philadelphia; was a native of North Carolina, and highly respected, not only by thepeople of the county, but by his professional brethern.  His family now live in Clay Coutny, Missouri.  His murderer, Gibson, although hotly pursued for days by scores of indignant citizens, finally made his escape and has never been heard of.
Source: The History of Buchanan County, Missouri, Union Historical Company, published 1881

Robert O. Jones
a railway postal clerk, was arrested at the National Hotel Tuesday for rifting letters in the mails.  He pleaded guilty before Commissioner Colt.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, Mo., June 22, 1918

Herndon Keene
Herndon Keene, a negro, was robbed of $15 and a leather coat Monday morning by two white men who held him up.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, MO, Feb. 7, 1920

Conrad Kemp
a bar tender, got on what a police officer called a "high lonesome" yesterday and wanted to shoot Fred Wenz.  A police officer took in the situation at once also took in Conrad--to the boose.
Source: The St. Joseph Daily Gazette, St. Joseph, MO, July 24, 1883

Harry Kessel-
Harry Kessel's saloon, 102 Francis street, was robbed of $70 in money Wednesday night.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, Mo., June 5, 1915

Mrs. Frances Kraut
St. Joseph, Mo., Oct. 15---
Mrs. Frances Kraut thinks she cared for and buried another woman's child.  Her own child she believes is alive, but she is unable to learn its whereabouts.  The story involves Simon Stern, superintendent of charities; Mrs. Eddy, conductress of maternal home and baby farm, and Mrs. Alsup who thinks she is the mother of the child, whose funeral expenses were paid by Mrs. Kraut.  Mrs. Kraut had a very pretty girl baby, which she left temporarily with Mrs. Eddy.  She alleges the infant was sold to strangers and when eight months later she called for her baby she was given another, which soon died.  Mrs. Kraut in court will endeavor to prove her charges.
Source: The Cape Girardeau Democrat, Cape Girardeau, MO, Oct. 21, 1899

Grover Long
a packing house employe, was arrested Monday at the instance of one of the exemption boards who found that he had registered under a fictitious name.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, MO. January 5, 1918

Moe Mayers
All of Moe Mayers preserved goods were carted away from his home, Twentysixth and Francis, Monday night The thieves were not apprehended.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, MO, Dec. 27, 1919

Mrs. Mary Nichols
606 North Fifth street, took three shots at the flashlight burglar while he was invading her home Sunday night, but to no effect.  He escaped with $140.00.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph MO, July 20, 1918

David Perry
Judge Utz on Wednesday sentenced David Perry to the pen for two years for killing Robert Nelson.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, MO, Feb. 7, 1920

Eva Patterson and Ella Gordon
negro women, pleaded guilty in criminal court Monday to stealing seven sides of bacon, and were given two years in the pen, and then parolled.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, Mo. Nov. 1, 1919

Pleasant Phillips
who killed Pedro Black, whom he claimed he found in his chicken house, was exonerated by a coroners jury Thursday.
Source: St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, Mo. August 10, 1918

George Ringer
a twelve year old boy, stabbed Lavina Patton, a thirteen year old girl, just below the heart, Tuesday afternoon.  The trouble was that of children.  Ringer was placed under arrest.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, MO. January 5, 1918

W.J. Rolston
A warrant was issued Wednesday for the arrest of W.J. Rolston, who married May E. Shackelford Dec. 26.  He is 19 and his bride 15, and it is alleged they swore falsely as to their ages.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, MO. January 5, 1918

Tony and Fred Sinsoin
young Italians, were arrested Monday, charged with robbing the Iten Biscuit Co. of goods.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, Mo., April 6,1918

Scanlan and Clinkenbeard
There was quite a small war raised down on South Twelfth street yesterday afternoon between Charles Scanlan and West Clinkenbeard over a mother in law, Scanlan and Clinkenbeard wre both arrested and placed under bond to appear before the recorder this morning.
Source: The St. Joseph Daily Gazette, St. Joseph, MO, July 24, 1883

George E. Sherman
who through spite took little Leo Olsen to a barber and had his show head of hair removed, was fined $10 in Judge Forgrave's court Tuesday for the offense.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, Mo., June 29, 1918

Skinner-Shaw
There was a wedding at Mrs. Sullivan's near St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri about ten days ago, to which several young men from that town went without invitation.  Angry words soon passed between the town and county boys, which brought on a general fight, in which several persons were introduced to clubs and stones.   young man named Skinner was shot through the abdomen and one named Shaw through the arm, Shaw's wound was not considered dangerous, but Skinner, it was thought, could not recover.
Source: The Weekly Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, Mar 20, 1850

Clay Simms
The Gazette of yesterday contained a full report of the stabbing affray which took place at the storeof Marx Judy, on Sixth and Cedar  streets, about 5 o'clock the eveing before.  Immediately after slashing Winters in the abdomen, and giving him three other serious wounds, Simms departed for his home near the lake, some six miles below the city.  Deputy Sheriff Tom Finch, in company with John Bineger and another man, left shortly after in hot pursuit.  Upon arriving at Simms' house, a little, one story log hut, the officer peered through a glass in the door, and seeing his man sitting near the stove, walked in and demanded his surrender.  Simms was in a drunken stupor, but he listened to the reading of the warrant and consented to return with the men without trouble.  They arrived in the city about 2 o'clock yesterday morning, and Simms was jailed to await further developments.

A Gazette reporter called on Dr. Lectman, at his residence on South Ninth street, about ten o'clock last night and inquired as to Mr. Winters' condition.  The physcian seems convinced that the man has received his death wound, and his reply to the reporter's question was, "There's no hope for him."  The doctor says, however, that he may linger a day or two and possibly three, but that the blade of the weapon penetrated the intestines, and death must follow shortly.
Source: The St. Joseph Weekly Gazette, St. Joseph, MO, Jan. 9, 1879

Henry Smith
2701 South Twenty Seventh street, was stabbed in the face and also in the side by E.S. Tibbitts aneighbor, on Tuesday.  The wounds are not serious.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, Mo., April 6,1918

M.J. Stiles
of Wathena was held up Wednesday by a lone highwayman west of the bridge and robbed of $43.35.  The robber escaped.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph Mo, June 22, 1918
 
Mrs. E.S. Venable
of 714 Dewey Avenue was robbed of considerable valuable jewelry Monday night when her home was burglarized.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, MO., April 6,1918

Frank Walyn
an Omaha clothing man, was arrested at the Union station Monday, charged with cursing the United States.  He had $300 in his pockets.
Source: The St. Joseph Observer, St. Joseph, Mo. July 20, 1918

Mr. Willard
Lynch Law in Missouri-
On the 27th ult. at St. Joseph Missouri, Mr. Willard, an auctioneer, was seized by several persons, taken to the woods, and horribly murdered.  In the afternoon he was discovered, together with some of the perpetrators of the deed, in a dense thicket.  They had tied him to a tree and whipped him to death.  The alarm being given a crowd of citizens repaired to the spot, and found his body a short distance from where it was first discovered, covered with bushes.  The body was nearly naked and shockingly mutilated.  The names of the persons discoverd at the spot are Langton, Jones and Anderson.  They were arrested and lodged in jail.  Great excitement prevailed.  The jail was guarded to keep it from being broken into, and the prisoners from being lynched.  Mr. Willard was accused of having contracted debts with the intention not to pay them.
Source: The Sun, Baltimore Maryland, Aug. 6, 1852


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