Mysterious Killing at Lindsay
The following is the report
from the Lindsay correspondent
to the Oklahoman of the killing there Saturday morning, between 12 and
Bert Bell was shot and almost instantly killed in the railroad yards,
Lindsay, Okla. The positive murderers of bell are unknown, and a
of mystery surrounds the killing.
Several suspects are held
but at the present time no arrests
have been made. Shortly after the shooting Rusty Engle and Jim Eatman
telephoned City Marshal Sam Everett and claim to have been with Bell at
time of the shooting. They state that the three Bell, Engle and Eatman
but Bell reached for his gun and one of the masked men shot him. They
fell instantly and that they ran before the assassin could get further
with his gun.
however, it was discovered that the
bullet had entered Bell’s neck and had taken a downward course, lodging
right lung. Physicians state that it would be impossible for a bullet
into a body while in a standing position and entering as this did to
downward course and that beyond the question of a doubt, Bell was shot
sitting down or after being thrown to the ground in a struggle.
As there has been
considerable gambling going on in the box
cars in the Lindsay yards, it is suspected that the killing is the
of a crap game in which Bell came out winner. Eatman and Engle are
and are being held subject to the decision following the inquest held
As yet the alleged masked
men supposed to have done the
shooting have not been found, nor anyone answering their description.
Bloodhounds were brought
here from Chickasha by Deputy
Sheriff Joe Thompson but were of no service, as the trail had been
because so many people passed over it.
Bert Bell came to Lindsay
about a year ago and has been
running a chili joint. He is survived by a wife and two children.
Engle live in the vicinity of Washington, OK. Engle formerly lived at
and was engaged there as a hack driver. It is said he is the brother of
who murdered a woman in Purcell a year or more ago. (Pauls Valley
Thursday, August 22, 1912, page 5)
J. D. Tuggle Admits Slaying His Aunt
Oklahoma Youth Also
Confesses Beating Husband, Sheriff Says
Atoka, Ok., May 17 –
Sheriff John Shoemake said today an Ada
youth arrested last night admitted he killed his aunt, Mrs. Sadie
Jones, 58 and
beat her husband because they intervened when he made advances towards
10-year-old niece, his half-sister.
The youth, J. D. Tuggle,
21, was captured in a hills hideout
near here after a week’s flight from officers. He was taken to Pauls
where he has been charged with murder.
Mrs. Jones was beaten to
death with an ax handle on the
night of May 9 at her farm home near Stratford. Her husband, Wilburn
was injured critically and physicians held no hope for his recovery.
City Star, (Kansas City, Missouri), Friday, May 17, 1940, page 9)
Young Farm Hand Dies For Murder
of 2 Kin
M’Alester, Okla., Feb. 9
(AP) – J. D. Tuggle, 23, died in
the McAlester penitentiary electric chair today for the murder of his
The blue-eyed, sandy-haired
farm youth walked into the
execution with his guards calmly puffing on a cigar.
Asked by Warden Fred Hunt
whether he had any statement to
make, he replied:
“No, Mr. Hunt, take care of
He pleaded guilty to
bludgeoning Mr. and Mrs. D. Wilburn
Jones to death at their farm home the night of May 9, 1940.
The youth told the court
the slayings resulted from his
uncle’s objection to Tuggle’s advances to a 10 year old half sister.
Evening Times, (Trenton, New Jersey), Monday, February 9, 1942, page 7)
KILLED IN MAYSVILLE SHOOTING AFFRAY ON STREET LAST MONDAY NIGHT
Pleaded Not Guilty, Bound to District Court Without Bond to Await Trial
in Regular Term
34, is being held in the county jail for the alleged shooting of his
estranged wife, Mrs. Sylvia McCarty Potts, 33, Monday night about 8:00
at Maysville. Mrs. Potts had been employed at Roy Harris'
Cafe since the separation and divorce from her husband about two months
ago. She was supporting her six children and was on her way
home accompanied by her 17 year old son, Raymond, when he had to return
to a store and she started on home alone. According to the
defendant's confession, he was parked in his car across the street from
his wife, and in his own words, "I called to her to come and talk to me
and she wouldn't. I had my twelve gauge shot gun and three
shells, and I asked her to come back to me and she wouldn't, so I shot
her either one or two times. I went to Earnest's (his
brother's house) to try to get some shotgun shells to kill myself but
he wouldn't let me have them so I started back to Williams but they
(supposedly the sherif and his deputies) blocked the road, so I climbed
up a pecan tree and jumped out to try to kill myself, but I
failed." According to reports, after Potts climbed the tree
he began screaming, and the sheriff pleaded with him to come down but
he refused, finally jumping 20 to 25 feet to the ground and falling on
his shoulder. He was apparently unhurt by the fall.
Potts appeared before District Judge Ben T. Williams Thursday morning
and pleaded not guilty, and was bound to district court without bond
and was returned to jail to await trail by jury in a regular term of
Enterprise, Pauls Valley, Thursday, December 9, 1943]