Franklin County, Ohio
Genealogy and History


Crime News

These are listed in loose alpha order based on the surname of the first individual mentioned in the story.

Columbus, March 19- Mrs. Cecelia Alberry, 24, was in serious condition at Grant hospital Tuesday with two bullet wounds in her head, inflicted late last night by her husband, Ivan Alberry, 27, who is held at city prison for investigation. Alberry made an unsuccessful attempt to shoot himself after wounding his wife, but the cartridges failed to explode.  In a statement to police Alberry said he quit his job as messenger for the Adams Express company last night and decided to kill his wife and himself because she had wrongfully accused him of infidelity. [Evening Gazette, (Xenia, OH), Mar 19, 1918 - Submitted by LD]

Jacob Neiswander, living fifteen miles north of Columbus, Ohio, is supposed to have been murdered and cremated. He left home nearly three weeks ago, and was not seen again until the 19th inst., when he was seen going towards his home with a satchel. He again disappeared, and last week his family deserted the premises. The neighbors made an investigation in the house and found bones in a large heap of ashes in a fireplace. Two sons of the missing man have been arrested. They are boys fourteen and eighteen years old. There have been contentions in the family, and one of the boys confessed to having wounded his father with a butcher knife almost a month ago. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, January 07, 1875 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniels]

There is immense excitement at Columbus Ohio in consequence of the kidnapping of a colored man, named Jerry Phinney, by a company of men living near Frankfort, Kentucky.  Jerry, it is stated, has lived at Columbus for fifteen years, has a wife and three children and has the papers to show that he was twenty years ago liberated and sent to Ohio by his mistress.  The governor of Ohio has offered a reward of $500 for the arrest of the kidnappers, which will be increased by the citizens of Columbus.  The affair, it is added, has caused scores of accessions to the abolition ranks and will doubtless cost Kentucky many a slave. [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, April 17, 1846 - Sub. by NP]


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