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Two Hangings in Missouri
Perry, the Ava Triple Murderer and Inks of Oregon Die on the Gallows
Springfield, Missouri, January 10.—Edward Perry who murdered three members of the Sawyer family in Douglas County, May 20, was hanged at Ava this afternoon at 1:37 o’clock. Thousands of exalted people were in the town but only 200 were admitted to the stockade. A clamor for the destruction of the stockade went up but the officers kept off the crown with Winchesters.
Perry parted from his mother at 1 o’clock. He was taken to a bank stand where the Rev. J. H. Bridges made a statement in his behalf in which it was stated that he was not afraid to die. He said that the former statements he had made connecting his uncle, William Yost, with the crime were true.
Perry was pronounced dead fifteen minutes after the drop fell, death resulting from strangulation.
The only telegraph wire into Ava was cut early in the day to prevent the possible se4nding of any message which might save Perry’s neck.
On the night of May 23, last the bodies of three members of the Sawyer family were found under a bed. Ernest Sawyer, aged 22 had evidently been killed in the stable after he had give his assailant a severe struggle. Lafayette and Mrs. Sawyer were beaten to death in bed with an axe. There had been little of value in the cabin, but nil had been taken. The murderer had attached E. Sawyers to a note on the outer side of a door that the family had tone to Ozark for a week.
By the triple murder Ed Perry secured $100 and a wagon and team. Driving toward Springfield he met young Arthur Douglas of that town. Arrived here sold the team and wagon at so low a price as to attract suspicion and foolishly returned to the scene of the murders. He was arrested at the home of his uncle Henry Yost and made several confessions implicating Douglass -- -- Yost. Douglass had no trouble to prove an alibi and Yost did so after two trials the last of which resulted in a hung jury. Perry was convicted with a fortnight of the crime and the Supreme Court affirmed the sentence, and set the hanging for December 30. Governor Stone refused a pardon but granted a thirty day respite and Governor Stephens also refused a pardon.
Oregon, Missouri, January 30.—James Inks the murderer of John Patterson, was hanged here at 8:52 o’clock this morning. He mounted the scaffold without a tremor. His neck was not broken death resulting from strangulation. The crime for which he was hanged was committed in 1890.
[Kansas City Star (Kansas City, MO) Sunday, January 31, 1897, Volume: 17 Issue: 134 Page: 7. Transcribed by: OFOFG (FC)]

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