Cape Girardeau County, Missouri
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N.J. "Jeff" Hutson
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO., Oct 8, 1922--Chief of Police N. J. "Jeff" Hutson was shot and killed Saturday when he entered the home of Will Willeford, escaped convict whom he had been seeking since Willeford escaped from Sheriff Browning of Cape Girardeau county May 17, last.  
Willeford was killed by three policemen who had accompanied their chief.  Willeford's sister, Virginia, was alightly wounded during the shooting.
Source --Greensboro (NC) Daily News, Oct 9, 1922.
James McWilliams and Otto Buehrmann
A Lawyer Killed at Cape Girardeau, Mo.
St. Louis, Sept. 11--A Globe-Democrat special from Cape Girardeau, Mo., says that James McWilliams, a lawyer, threatened the life of an old citizen, named Otto Buehrmann, last evening, and while attempting to execute the threat, was shot and killed by Buehrmann.
Source: The Philadelphis Inquier, Sept. 12, 1878
Greenville Messerville of Cape Girardeau, Mo., who eloped with the wife of a resident of that place, was shot dead by the wronged husband last Sunday.
Source: Argus and Patriot, Mar. 16, 1881
Samuel Nussbaum
St. Louis, August 6--Samuel Nussbaum, an old citizen of Cape Girardeau county, Mo., cut his wife's throat early yesterday morning and then cut his own throat.  Domestic trouble is said to be the cause.  Nussbaum will die while his wife may recover.
Source: New Have (Ct.) Evening Register, Aug. 7, 1879
Charles M. Smith and Charles M. Smith Jr.
Two Smith Brothers and Five Tenants of Their Farms Found Guilty.
Cape Girardeau, Mo., Sept. 21--The jury in the Smith case today returned a verdict of guilty against Charles M. Smith and Charles M. Smith, Jr., and the five tenants of their farms on the eleventh count in the peonage case.
The eleventh count of the 44 indictments refers to John Reed, the negro, who was with Roosevelt in Cuba and escaped from the shack on the Smith farm by sawing his way through the floor at night.  He was the strongest negro witness for the government.  Sentence has not yet been passed.  Judge Krum filed a motion for a new trial.
Judge Pollock overruled the motions for a new trail in arrest of judgment and then pronounced sentences as follows:
Charles M. Smith, three years and six months in the penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kas., and a fine of $5,000 and costs; Charles M. Smith, Jr., two years in the penitenitiary and a fine of $5,000 and costs; Ben Stone and Ben Fields, each one year and six months and $100 fine; W. Lee Rogers and W. W. Woods, each two years and six months and $100 fine; Floyd Woods, two years and six months and $100. fine.
Source: Duluth News-Tribune, Sept. 22, 1906
Leo Spivey
Fresno, Sept. 17--Leo Spivey, wanted for murder in Jackson, Cape Girardeau county, Mo., was arrested here and is in the County Jail awaiting the arrival of the Sheriff from Jackson.  The crime with which Spivey is charged was particularly atrocious, the victim's head, it is said, having been severed from the body.  The murder was committed on May 15th.
Spivey has been in the mountains working at Bennett's Mills, and came to town last Sunday, since which time he has been under surveillance.  He went here under the name of "Fred Turpin."  In the room at the hotel, where he stopped was found a suit of clothes which, in detail, answered the description of the garments worn by Spivey, as described in the circular sent out by the Sheriff of Girardeau county.  Spivey eluded the Sheriff's officers for a time, but when he was arrested it was in the act of paying his hotel bill before departure from town.  After being taken into custody he admitted that he is the man wanted for the Missouri murder.  The only detail that he denied was that he severed his victim's head from the body.
Sheriff Collins did not have a printed description of Spivey, such as is usually sent out by Sheriffs when a criminal is wanted.  He says that he had a "tip" that Spivey was working at the Bennett mill up in the mountains and had him watched until he came to the city.  Then he wired Sheriff Schade at Jackson, Mo., giving a description of the man and stating that he had him under surveillance.  Schade wired back:  "Arrest Leo Spivey on sight.  Will come with the proper papers immediately."
There is a reward of $500 offered for the capture of Spivey.
Source: The (Fresno CA) Evening News, September 17, 1903
Cape Girardeau, Mo., Nov. 23--Seven farm laborers, fighting a band which has been waging a predatory war for higher wages and lower food prices near here, were wounded and two private detectives were hurt in a battle in a marsh near Clarkston, today.  
It is believed that the band were hidden in a shack on the property of a large land owner.  They were discovered and attacked by about thirty laborers.
The fight lasted over an hour and three hundred rounds were fired on each side.
The attacking party retreated leaving their wounded.  --Source:  Miami Herald Record, Nov. 24, 1915.


Four illicit distilleries were seized on White Water River, Cape Girardeau County, Mo., Sunday, by the revenue agent, and on Monday an armed mob drove off the officers.  There are said to be seventy-five illicit stills in that section, and a strong force will be required to close them up.
Source: Lowell (MA) Daily Citizen, May 23, 1876

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