|Mullen Wounded by Ross
Okla., Feb. 28 - J. F. Mullen, a transfer man was
shot and dangerously wounded by Abe Ross, another driver, in a quarrel
Santa Fe Station here Sunday afternoon over their "stand" at the
backing up to await the train, the two men disagreed.
After a few sharp words, Ross drew his pistol and fired. Mullen dropped
bullet wound through his hip. The wound ranges upward. Mullen is in
condition with chances against his recovery. Ross was arrested and is
held in the city jail pending the result of Mullens wound. (Adair
Sentinel, March 4, 1910, page 6)
Francis Admits Blowup Attempt
Effort to Wreck Sulphur Courthouse is Confessed by Former
Deputy – Others Implicated – Later He Tells Fellow Citizens He was Bribed to Do
Davis, Okla., - Nov. 26 – R. S. Francis a former deputy
sheriff of Sulphur
Editor’s Slayer Placed on Trial
Lindsay to Plead Insanity For Killing J. Y, Schenck of
Sulphur – R. N. Freancis, a former deputy sheriff at Sulphur has confessed to County
Attorney Fagan that he and about a half dozen others of West Sulphur attempted
to blow up the Murray county courthouse last September. His confession is
surrounded with deep mystery. Those implicated declare him crazy while others
believe his story. He described how the guilty parties stood guard to warn
those engaged in life dastardly work and gives the names of those directly
County Attorney Fagan declined to give out a copy of the
confession , but admitted it was true that Francis spent several hours in his
office Sunday and told the whole story. He is locked up as a safeguard against
possible bodily harm. A prominent citizen of West Sulphur said Sunday that
Francis recanted on Saturday in those implicated. He is said to have requested
the officers to protect him against the irate mob.
Repeated questions asked over the telephone Sunday afternoon
were met with evasion and the reply from the county attorney was only an
admission that Francis was in safe hands and had confessed and implicated a
half dozen prominent business men. Detectives have been quietly working on the
case several weeks and recently one of the conspirators wrote a letter that
gave them a clue.
It is believed that Francis will be able to save himself a
long term in prison by implicating his fellow conspirators. He stated at a
public meeting in West Sulphur Sunday afternoon that he was paid $500 by two
prominent East Sulphur business men to make a confession implicating certain
West Sulpher parties and assured his auditors that he was only making the
confession for the money there was in it. For fear of mob violence he is said
to be anxious to remain in the county jail. (The Daily Oklahoma, Monday,
November 27, 1911, front page)
Paper Eating Case – Political Feud and Editorial Resulted in
Death of the Writer
Sulphur, Okla., Dec. 15 – That temporary insanity will be
the plea of John C. Lindsay as trial in the district court of Murray county for
the alleged murder of J. T. Schenck, editor of the Sulphur Democrat here last
August was indicated in the early questions asked perceptive jurors by
attorneys for the defense at the opening session Monday afternoon. A man named
Rose, the first one called, was asked whether he had any scruples against an
alleged slayer entering a plea of insanity.
On motion of the defense, Judge R. McMillan before whom the
case is being tried, granted a continuance until 2 o’clock Monday afternoon
when the case was called Monday morning. After the start of the trial Monday
afternoon the defense entered a motion to disqualify Sheriff Rawlings from
service because of prejudice but the motion was over ruled.
More than seventy prospective jurors were examined Monday
afternoon before a panel of twelve passed the state. It is probable some of
these will be objected to by attorneys for the defense.
The state is represented in the trial by County Attorney
Curry C. B. Emmanuel of Sulphur and Moman Pruiett of Oklahoma City. Attorneys
for the defense include Ben Williams of Norman, Tom Robinett and W. C. Allen of
It is alleged that Lindsay, former county treasurer of
Murray county, shot down Schenck, a crippled man, while the latter was sitting
in a buggy in front of a blacksmiths hop in West Sulphur as the result of
political enmity. Schenck had published an editorial in the Democrat bitterly
denouncing Lindsay two weeks previous to the killing and the date of that event
marked the first subsequent meeting of the men.
Schenck lived in east Sulphur while Lindsay resided in West
Sulphur. When the editor went over on the west side and was seen by Lindsay it
is alleged that the latter secured a shotgun and a copy of the paper containing
the editorial, and walking up to the buggy in which Schneck was sitting,
demanded that he eat the paper. The edior demurred, and it is alleged, Lindsay
threw up the gun and fired twice, the first shot taking effect in the arm,
which Schenck raised in front of his face for protecting and the second lead in
the head nearly tearing off the top portion.
Considerable feeling was aroused following the killing and
Lindsay was removed to the Cleveland county jail at Norman, his former place of
residence for safe keeping. (The Daily Oklahoman, Tuesday, December 16, 1913,
Bank Officials Under Arrest
Deputy State Commissioner Taken to Sulphur on Bribery Charge
Oklahoma City, May 26 – Charged with accepting a $45
overcoat as a present from the president of the defunct Bank of Commerce of
Sulphur, Okla., Deputy State Bank Commissioner O. C. Carpenter was arrested
here today and taken to Sulphur to answer charges contained in an indictment
returned by a grand jury yesterday.
On the records of the bank the overcoat was charged.
Carpenter refused to discuss his arrest. His attorney, M. M. Thomas, declared
that he could not understand why the overcoat was charged to the bank. It was a
personal present he said. Thomas characterized the indictment of Carpenter as a
effort to make an outsider the “goat.”
The bank president, Charles Bryan, killed himself last
winter after charges were made against him.
Sulphur, May 26 – Virtually every person indicted yesterday
by the Murray county grand jury, which investigated the affairs of the defunct
Bank of Commerce here, had been arrested late today and the making of bond had
been completed. Date for the preliminary hearing has not yet been set.
I.E. Pacey, cashier, and E. T. White, teller, of the defunct
bank, against whom 11 true bills were returned, voluntarily appeared before
their bond of $26,000 each.
Ralph Rawlings, Sulphur attorney charged jointly with Pacey
and White, with forging notes to deceive bank examiners, made bond of 42,000. H
C. Carpenter of Oklahoma City, acting assistant state bank examiner, charged
with corruption in office in connection with the failure of the bank, also was
in Sulphur today and made bond.
True bills returned against Pacey and White charged them
with receiving deposits in an insolvent bank, embezzlement, fraud and forging
notes to deceive bank commissioners.
The grand jury returned 27 indictments, 20 of which were for
felonies and 7 for misdemeanors. It was summoned by Judge W. L. Eagleton of
Sulphur to investigate the affairs of the defunct bank. (The Tulsa World,
Saturday, May 27, 1922, page 8)
CLAUDE & GEORGE OLIVER
Two Slayers of Bride to Die –
Claude Oliver and Nephew,
George Oliver, Are to Be Electrocuted
McAlester, Aug. 24 – Two
young farmers, who plotted the
marriage of one and the subsequent murder of his bride in order to
$5000 insurance on her life must die in the electric chair at state’s
here shortly after midnight.
Claude Oliver, 28, and his
nephew, George Oliver, 18,
pleaded guilty at their trial at Sulphur last December but after being
sentenced to death appealed to the criminal court of appeals for a
to life imprisonment.
This, however, was denied and
Governor Murray, after twice
staying the execution to permit filing of appeals and to study the
destroyed their final hope yesterday with the terse dictum:
I’m going to let them go.
The 15 year old girl wife,
whom Claude Oliver married last
August and shortly thereafter insured for $5000, was beaten to death
3 and her body left in an automobile which was hurtled from a bridge
Davis. A Negro allegedly was paid $25 to “witness” the ostensible
Before her marriage, the
bride was Della Ring of Wynnewood.
The two confessed that Claude
drove the car while his nephew
struck the girl-bride with a heavy file. Later, the husband held her
nephew delivered the fatal blows with a tire iron.
The 18 year old nephew will
be the youngest person ever
executed in Oklahoma. The executions will be the 16th
during Governor Murray’s administration and will bring the total since
statehood to 41. Six others remain in the prison’s “death row.” (The
Ardmoreite, Wednesday, August 24, 1933, page 2)
Boy and Uncle Die in Chair
George Oliver and Claude
Oliver Electrocuted in Penitentiary
McAlester, Aug. 25 – An 18
year old farm boy, the youngest
of the 41 criminals who have died in Oklahoma’s electric chair, was
early this morning with his uncle for the murder of the latter’s 15
A record throng of 227
witnesses, all men, watched the boy,
George Oliver, precede his kinsman, Claude Oliver, in death shortly
The two, Southern Oklahoma
farmers, paid the extreme penalty
for killing Della, Claude’s bride of three months, in an effort to
$5000 insurance policy they had obtained on her life.
This is bad, said George, as
he was strapped in the chair.
Just previously he had told the crowd:
I did a crime and now I must
die for it. I feel like I am
going to heaven. Young men – crime doesn’t pay.
His uncle died mumbling to himself. He had nothing to say to
the witnesses. (The
Friday, August 25, 1933, page 5)