MURDER AT MOUNDS
During a drunken brawl near Mounds last Saturday,
Henry Lilyhead a full blood euchee Indian, clubbed another Indian named
Candy Squires to death, dragged the mutilated body of his victim to a
nearby fence and hung it up on a post. The murderer was arrested by a
party of Indians and was taken to Mounds awaiting the arrival of a
United States deputy marshal from Claremore. (Indian Chieftain,
(Vinita, Indian Territory) January 2, 1902)
HAD FILED ON
For Which a Full Blooded
Cherokee Indian is Shot - Death is
the Penalty Among the Keetoowahs, Who are Holding Dances and Burning
Commission in Effigy
Vinita, I. T., April 25 -
News has reached here of the
killing of Peter Wolfe, in Saline district, southeast of this town.
Wolfe is a
full blood Cherokee Indian and had appeared before the Dawes commission
selected his allotment of land and was killed by Keetoowah Indians on
return home. He was shot six times from ambush.
Another Indian who has
allotted was killed by the full
bloods a few days ago.
The Keetoowahs are holding
dances and burning the Dawes
commission in effigy for allotting their lands. No trouble is expected
them further than their interfering with other full bloods who desire
their allotments. (The Daily Ardmoreite, April 26, 1903)
Confesses Revolting Crime
Connor Says She and Sam Anderson Killed Connor That they Might Live
the confession of Mrs. Minnie Connor is true, then another revolting
affairs has been uncovered. Mrs. Connor who is in jail on the charge of
murdering her husband, Ebenezer Connor, yesterday afternoon confessed
guards at the federal jail, and afterwards repeated her confession in
before Commissioner Farrar, that Sam Anderson killed Connor with her
in order that she and Anderson might live together.
Connor is 24 years old, a full blood Quapaw. Her husband was somewhat
than she, and a Seneca. They were married some ten years ago, she says,
lived eight miles north of Grove, a mile and a half from Tiff City. A
Willie, five years old, lived with them.
to the woman’s story, she and Sam Anderson who is her sister’s husband,
been intimate for some time. Last week Connor caught them in a
situation, and a quarrel ensued, which led to the decision on the part
Anderson and Mrs. Connor to kill Connor in order that they might live
The crime was carried out as planned on last Friday night. Anderson
the house after Connor had gone to bed, and while Mrs. Connor held her
Anderson beat out his brains with an ax.
then disappeared, and Mrs. Connor went to the home of her mother,
her, her son, who had been awakened by the noise of Connor’s murder.
she says, told her to pretend to be crazy, and she therefore told her
that she had killed her husband, and pretended to them and to the
at Miami that she had lost her senses. The guards at the jail, however
she appears to be as bright as the average and talks freely to them.
she was taken before Commissioner Farrar yesterday afternoon,
she had told her full story at the jail, she began her recital all
soon became stubborn at the commissioner’s questions and refused to say
She did admit however the main facts as outlined above, though she
the close of her testimony that she did not know all that she had been
States Marshal W. H. Darrough went to Wyandotte last night where the
are now holding their green corn dance to try to find Anderson. (The
Daily Chieftain, Friday, August 10, 1906, front page)
is Not Arrested
Anderson who is accused by Mrs. Minnie Connor with having assisted her
murder of her husband, Ebenezer Connor, ha not yet been caught.
Anderson it is
said lives near Bartlesville, and though he has been in the Seneca
recently, the officers over there are not inclined to believe the
that he had anything to do with the murder. As yet he has not been
though the officers are looking for him and will probably locate him
Vinita Daily Chieftain, Saturday, August 11, 1906, page 3)
Anderson, accused of complicity in the murder of Ebenezer Connor by his
Minnie, was taken to Afton for a preliminary hearing yesterday before
Commissioner Adams. The hearing was adjourned until Saturday in Miami.
stoutly denies that he had anything to do with the murder of Connor.
Vinita Daily Chieftain, Wednesday, August 15, 1906, front page)
Anderson Showed that He Knew Nothing of Connor’s Murder
a hearing before Commissioner Adams in Miami Saturday Sam Anderson
complicity in the murder of Ebenezer Connor in the Seneca reservation
2, was discharged, while Mrs. Minnie Connor, charged with the same
held without bail. There was no evidence against Anderson except the
testimony that he had been her accomplice in the murder of her husband.
however, was able to prove a complete alibi by unimpeachable testimony.
the vicinity of the Connors home on July 27, went to Dewey and he was
until August 5, when he was arrested. The woman’s story seems to have
fabrication from beginning to end.
Connor herself is probably insane, or, if not, as one of the officers
had her charge said, “she’s the best actor that ever I have seen.” Her
excuse for the murder of her husband was that he didn’t treat her
Connor, however, has always borne a good reputation among his people.
Vinita Daily Chieftain, Monday, August 20, 1906, front page)
Anderson, the Indian who was recently arrested near Dewey by United
Marshal Fred Keeler and City Marshal Fred Keeler and City Marshal Henry
on a charge of complicity in the murder of Ebenezer Connor, a Seneca
who was killed at Tiff City, Cherokee nation, on August 3, has been
the United States authorities. Anderson was arrested as a result of a
confession made by the wife of the murdered man, but he stoutly
innocence. He was given a prelimiunary hearing at Miami. He is said to
established an alibi, having proven that he was in Dewey on the night
murder. Anderson has many friends in Bartlesville and when his arrest
much surprise was expressed that he should have been suspected of the
Immediately after his exoneration Anderson came to Bartlesville where
he is now
staying. (The Weekly Examiner, Saturday, August 25, 1906, page 4)
OF THE FUGITIVES
Prisoner Wanted for Many and varied Misdemeanors - Vinita, Dec. 31 -
Ira Frank Sullivan, who broke jail here several months ago when Ed
Fluke, convicted murderer of Harold Frye escaped, has been located in
jail at Houston, according to a telegram received Thursday by Chief
Lester Baxley from the police of that city. Sullivan has a long string
of aliases namely Kirch, Kieffer, Davis, Jones, Fred Donnelly, Walter
T. Wallace and others. In his first visit to this city he beat A. J.
Williams out of $35 on a bad check. Later he sold a deserted automobile
on a country road, which he had never seen before, to a Vinita
He has a long
string of jail sentences and is recognized as an extremely smooth and
hardened criminal. County Attorney Jess Ballard has telegraphed the
Houston police that he will have an officer ready to bring Sullivan
back to Vinita when his term in the jail there expires on January 10.
His arrival here will return the last of the jail breakers who escaped
at the time of the Fluke jail delivery. (The Morning Tulsa Daily World,
January 1, 1922, front page)
Condemned Slayer Tells Parole
Board of Gangland Killing
Robert Hendricks Tells Group
Mayes County Attorney Victim of
Vicious Bootlegger Slaying
McAlester – The Pardon and
Parole Board was told by
condemned slayer Robert Hendricks yesterday Jack Burris, Mayes County
was shot to death in gangland style by a trigger man hired by
Oklahoma bootleggers and gamblers.
Hendricks appeared before the
board seeking communtation of
his death sentence to a life term for the murder of Ream Payton, Vinita
cattleman. His testimony was recorded on tape.
Hendricks related he was
present when bootleggers and
gamblers plotted the death of Burris. He named some members of the
of them from the Grand Lake resort area.
Burris was killed by a
shotgun blast in the yard of his home
in Locust Grove June 7, 1952. His death was listed as an unsolved
an investigation by crime bureau agents and Mayes County officers.
Officers learned a pickup
truck drove to the Burris home, a
man alighted and fired a single shot at Burris and then sped away.
Hendricks said Burris was
“put on the spot” by the
bootleggers and gamblers from Bluejacket, Afton, Vinita and other small
in the resort area.
The board said it would study
Hendricks’ appeal for clemency
before announcing a decision. He is scheduled to die in the electric
the Oklahoma State Penitentiary June 5. Hendricks previously had been
for another murder and robbery.
The board granted a parole to
O. D. Epley, former Tinker Air
Force Base guard who was sented to 40 years for raping an 18 year old
City drug store clerk in 1951.
The board suspended a
regulation requiring an applicant to
serve one third of his sentence before being considered for a parole.
Cowan, McAlester editor and Dr. Perry Corbin, voted against the parole
three other members present favored it.
They contended the parole was
granted because of Epley’s
health. He has been on numerous leaves, is free at this time and
employed by an
Oklahoma City automobile agency.
At Oklahoma City today state
crime bureau agents offered
Hendricks a chance to prove he knows who killed Burris.
Lt. O. K. Bivins, crime
bureau chief, said he wants to take
Hendricks back to northeastern Oklahoma to “show us” where Hendricks
group of liquor and gambling czars met and ordered Burris’ death.
“I’m going to interview
Hendricks and, if it is possible, I
will take him off the death row and take him up there so he can show us
the meeting was,” Bivins said before leaving for the state penitentiary.
Bivins said he would see
Hendricks in death row later in the
day with Earl Sellers, an agent at Sapulpa who was in the original
At the Capitol it was said
Warden H. C. McLeod can give
permission for Hendricks to be taken off of death row for the trip.
Ardmoreite, Wednesday, March 23, 1956, front page and page 4)
Robert Hendricks To File Appeal
Oklahoma City – Preparation
of records at state expense for
an appeal to the U. S. Supreme Court of Robert Henricks’ death sentence
ordered yesterday by the Oklahoma Criminal Court of Appeals.
The court’s action followed
the filing of a pauper’s
affidavit for Hendricks by Sid White, one of his attorneys.
Hendricks, 66, is in death
row at McAlester penitentiary
awaiting execution June 4 for the bludgeon slaying of Ream Payton,
stockman in August 1954.
He is expected to receive a
stay from Gov. Raymond Gary when
the appeal to the Supreme Court judge of the criminal court said that
through with the Hendricks case. (The Daily Ardmoreite, May 29, 1956,
Pardon Board Poll Decides on
Oklahoma City, Feb. 2 – A
last minute poll of the state
Pardon and Parole Board will be made this weekend in the case of Robert
Hendricks, slated to be executed early Tuesday for murder.
Campbell LeFlore, pardon and
parole officer, said he will
poll board members “between now and Monday morning,” and will report
recommendation to Gov. Raymond Gary at that time.
Hendricks was given the death
sentence on a murder
conviction in the Aug. 21, 1954, slaying of Ream Payton, Craig County
Payton was killed at Vinita,
where Hendricks had worked as a
handyman at the stockyards.
This was Hendricks’ second
conviction of murder. He formerly
served 18 years of a life sentence at the McAlester state penitentiary.
The 66 year old convict has
been interviewed four times by
the parole board, and members were given copies of his file to study
If the board does not
recommend clemency only a stay of
execution by Gary would postpone the execution.
Preparations for the execution are to be made Monday, with
Hendricks taken to the electric chair at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. (Ada
Sunday, February 3, 1957 page 5)