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    Horrid Transaction
    On Tuesday night last, Mr. John U. Giest, Coroner of Fairfield county, was called upon to view the body of a man by the name of Samuel Turner, who was found dead on the afternoon of that day in a field belonging to Mr. Alexander Chambers in Perry township.  We are informed the deceased was at the house of Mr. Chambers in company with his brother James Turner, on the night of the 24th ult. where they were drinking Whiskey.  After remaining there for some time, they went away together and when a short distance from the house, they began to quarrel violently and after proceeding about 30 yards further, in the direction where the deceased was found, they were heard contending with each other.  Next day Jas. Turner came to the house of the deceased and told his family that he knew not where his brother was.  Nothing was heard of the deceased from that time until his body was found as above stated.
    On arriving at the place, the Coroner called a Jury of Inquest and two physicians attended for the purpose of examining the body.  After examining a number of witnesses, the jury gave in their verdict, that “The deceased came to his death by being bruised in sundry places on his head and the right arm, and also by having his throat cut in a manner sufficient to produce death; and from the evidence produced to us, we have good reason to believe that the deed was perpetrated by James Turner, the brother of the deceased.”
    Immediately after the verdict was given, James Turner, who was present during the investigation, was taken into custody, examined before Samuel Spangle, Esq. and committed to the jail of this county to await his trial at the next Court of Common Pleas. – Ohio Eagle. [Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, October 19 1830]

    William Cruse, Lancaster, Ohio, has been arrested for beating to death his wife, Maud. [Source: "Minster Home Light," Minster, OH, Sept. 8, 1888; tr. by GT Transcription Team]



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