Crime News Stories
Childers' statin, Feb. 28, 1882
THE SEQUOYAH TRAGEDY
Later particulars of the Sequoyah tragedy of Friday night substantiate the first reports. The three men killed
were "Bad" Frank Faulkner, Charlie Benge and West Harris. The burial of Faulkner took place yesterday
afternoon at Muldrow.
Hunged to Telephone Pole
Rode Runaway Engine from VanBuren, Arkansas to Muldrow - Agent Opened Switch, Avoiding Collision with East Bound Train
Sallisaw, Okla., Dec. 31 - For the brutal murder with an ax of George Casey, a white farmer living here and a criminal assault upon the farmer's wife, Saturday night, a negro named Turner was taken Sunday morning from the farmer's house where he lay in bed in a drunken stupor and lynched in the streets of Muldrow by an ? mob of unmasked white men. He was strung up to a telephone wire. Sheriff Johnson of Sequoyah heard of the proceedings in Sallisaw and hurried to Muldrow but did not arrive until after the lynching had taken place.
The negro had invaded the home of Casey about midnight Saturday when he had stolen an engine in the ? house of the Iron Mountain railroad at Van Buren, Ark., Saturday evening and driven it to Muldrow, Okla., where the agent who had been advised of a runaway engine, turned it into a switch and the engine was derailed. The negro seeing that he was trapped, deserted the engine and continued his way on foot for about two miles until he came to the Casey home.
When he knocked at the door of the house, Casey ? from the bed and allowed the negro to enter after he had made a plea of being near frozen. Turner sat down near the stove and Casey went back to bed. A few minutes later, Turner arose and started to leave but going outside the house he found an axe and turning ? ? he struck Casey several times in the head, killing him.....
Negro Falls Asleep
After accomplishing his purpose, the negro who was fairly drunk, soon fell asleep and Mrs. Casey slipping from the bed and room, ran all the way to Muldrow in her night clothes informing men there of the murder and assault. A posse was formed quickly and hurried to the Casey home, finding the negro vet asleep. He was taken back to Muldrow where a mob formed in a few minutes and it was decided to lynch the black. A rope was secured and he was swung up to telephone wires on the main street of the town and he was hardily dead before Sheriff Johnson arrived from Sallisaw. The men had dispersed and no effort was made to arrest any of the participants. None of them wore masks.
Afterwards Mrs. Casey was taken back to Muldrow and she identified the dead negro as the one who had killed her husband and committed the assault upon her person. The women before the death of the negro, held up bravely and was able to walk to the place where he was lynched in order to identify him, but afterward she swooned away and her condition now is precarious. It is believed that she will recover by the physicians in attendance.
The throwing of the switch and the derailment of the engine which the negro had stolen was madly rushing along the tracks prevented the engine from certain collision with an eastbound passenger train which was due in Muldrow a few minutes later. In fact it was pulling into Muldrow at the time and was slowing down, but the runaway engine would have crashed into it had its course not been diverted. The eastbound train was the Kansas City Express and was heavily loaded with passengers.
Escape at Van Buren
It is not known how the negro managed to get away with the engine and elude all the trackmen and switchmen at Van Buren. He climbed on the engine unnoticed and it happened that all the switches were properly set for the engine to run from the yard out on to the main line. It was not noticed until the runaway was leaving the outside limits of the yard. Then an alarm was spread but there was no chance to stop the engine or throw it in a switch, until he had reached Muldrow.
The negro it is believed had no idea except to escape when he deserted the engine. He feared arrest for his act in running away with the engine, although the motive in that only can be imagined. After he had entered the home of the farmer the dastardly idea of murder followed by assault to satisfy his criminal ? came to the negro and it was a very ? proposition to carry out the idea.
The wild journey of Mrs. Casey from the home two miles to the small town was heroic in the extreme. She was clad only in her night clothes and a light wrap and wore light shoes with no stockings upon her feet. Her fear of the negro caused her to still away as quickly as possible. When she arrived at Muldrow the woman was exhausted, but managed to gasp out her story. The other events followed quickly and Sunday night outside of the pitiful condition of the assaulted woman, the body of the negro had been removed, the town is quiet and there is only a memory of the horrible event of the morning. (The Daily Ardmoriet, January 1, 1912, page 2)
SALLISAW MAN IS SHOT FROM REAR
HELD FOR JURY ON CHARGE OF MURDER
Sallisaw, Okla., March 22 ¬– Will E. Morris, charged with killing Bean Sloan at Akins, Sequoyah County, Okla., last summer and who was recently apprehended in Bellingham, Wash., was held to the grand jury without bond at his preliminary hearing here. (Daily Oklahoman, March 23, 1913, page 4 - submitted by Peggy Thompson)
TERRY DIGGS ARRESTED
Terry Diggs, negro, arrested. Charged with murder of Elizabeth Wheelock, Sallisaw, Okla. [The Day Book.(Chicago, Ill.), December 05, 1913, transcribed by K. T.]
NIGHTRIDERS BUSY IN SEQUOYAH COUNTY
Sallisaw, Okla., Dec. 28 ¬– For the second time within a week nightriders made their appearance in this Sequoyah
County, when early today they viciously assaulted Larry Breda, who rents a farm from J. W. Hines, a prominent banker,
seven miles from this city. According to Breda, his assailants called at his home and aroused him from bed on the
pretext that they had a message for him from a sick relative. He came to the door in his night clothes only to
be seized by ten masked men, he asserts. They led him half a mile from his home and then began whipping him.
BREDA BEATEN BY MASKED MEN
Larry Breda, a farmer, was taken from his home near Sallisaw, Ok., recently and beaten by ten masked men, who previously had cut the telephone wires to the city. The "night riders" ordered Breda to leave the community under penalty of death. [The Hays Free Press.(Hays, Kan.), January 08, 1916, transcribed by K. T.]
KILLED A. GORE, OK. RANCHER
Sallisaw, Ok. - A. B. Watson, a rancher living near Gore, was shot and killed tonight in the home of Mrs. H. F. Brackett, where he was a guest. Clay Agent, a business man, who accompanied Watson to the Brackett home, is being searched for by a posse. [The Hays Free Press (Hays, Kan.), May 13, 1916, transcribed by K. T.]
WILL RETURN HOG THIEF
Sequoyah County Sheriff Goes to Arkansas to Get Bud Pollard
Oklahoma City , June 28 ¬– Requisition for Bud Pollard charged with larceny of a hog in Sequoyah County was issued
today by Lieutenant Governor Trapp to be presented to the governor of Arkansas. Pollard is said to be under arrest
at Morrilton, Ark. B. F. Faulkner, sheriff of Sequoyah county, will be sent to bring Pollard back to Oklahoma.
TWO ARE HELD FOR KILLING
Poteau ¬– Mrs. Adam Wilkins, wife of Adam Wilkins, Indian police, whose body was found mutilated on the railroad
tracks at Howe after several trains had passed over it, and Harrison Humphries, a farmer of near Howe, are being
held in the Sequoyah county jail here in connection with the killing of Wilkins. Humphries is charged with murder
and Mrs. Wilkins is charged with being an accessory before the fact.
TRAPPED IN HILLS 2 BANK ROBBERS TAKEN BY POSSE
COURT OF APPEALS REMANDS APPLICATION FOR BAIL
Muskogee, Okla - The criminal court of appeals at Oklahoma City on Thursday remanded to judge Guy F. Nelson of this city the application for bail of Frank Allen of Sallisaw held there in jail on a charge of having murdered Queensbury Beasley, member of a leading Sallisaw family whom Allen shot to death on the streets of Sallisaw three weeks ago. [The Daily Ardmoreite.(Ardmore, Okla.), July 07, 1922, transcribed by K. T.]
Comrades Rescue Pal and No Traces Found as Yet
Matthew Kimes is Free!
Liberated last Saturday night; nothing whatever has been heard of the convicted slayer of Perry Chuculate since his successful release from the Sequoyah county jail by several of his comrades, presumably his associates in past crimes. No trace whatever has been found of him and his departure and present whereabouts is buried in a sea of mystery.
Kimes was arrested last August near Rudy, Arkansas, following the murder of Perry Chuculate, trusted deputy sheriff of this county who was shot down three miles west of Sallisaw on the Pike highway, Kimes, accompanied by his brother George, kidnapped Chief of Police J. C. Woll and a farmer, Wesley Ross, and following devious paths, reached Uniontown, Arkansas, their former home. They were captured that night following a gun battle and lodged in the state penitentiary at McAlester for ten days times, pending their preliminary hearing. They came to trial in September and George Kimes, the older brother was sentenced to 25 years in the state penitentiary and Matthew Kimes, the younger, was given 35 years. He asked for a new trial which was granted and upon his second conviction was given a life sentence in the state penitentiary. He was to have been formally sentenced last Monday, November 22, by District Judge C. C. Smith of Guthrie who presided in the last trial and who was returning here to pass sentence.
The daring and successful jail delivery was executed by Kimes’ pals, and all were described as young men. They were first seen Saturday night about 12:30 o’clock, driving about the streets of Sallisaw and getting first hand impressions of the exits from the city and the jail and building locations. Ray Leach, who has been doing temporary police duty since the resignation of Robert Sparks two weeks ago, suspected that their intentions were not good and aroused Chief Woll. Leach proceeded upon his rounds and when he reached the Mo-Pacific station was accosted by two men with shot guns who commanded immediate surrender and commanded Leach to lead them to the county jail. Upon reaching the jail, they forced their captive to call J. M. King, the jailor, to the office entrance and when King opened the door, the strangers ordered his surrender and delivery of the jail keys. They then proceeded to the third floor, where the jail is located and entering the room, called to Kimes to dress and come at once which he did. They then locked King and Leach in the cell and hurried out. In the meantime, Chief Woll had hurried to the court house and entered just as the raiding party came back downstairs with their rescued prisoner. They started to the east door, Chief Woll opened fire upon the party but they hurried out and entered a high powered car standing east of the building and drove south toward the W. A. Matthews home. They have not been seen nor heard of since.
The first shots fired, soon after the raiders reached the court house, attracted Jack Breedlove, John Newlon, Pliny Frye and Horace Moore to the scene. One of the raiders ordered the four young men to lie down and to make no moves until told to do so. In the meantime E. B. Bugher, who lives immediately across the street east had heard the disturbance and came to his front porch with gun in hand. The captor ordered Pliny Frye to go across the street and tell Bugher to get inside the house or he would be killed. The four young men were held captive until the whole party emerged from the court house. In the meantime King and Leach were held captive within the jail cell and were not released until a duplicate set of keys were secured from the office desk. Deputy Sheriff George Hicks had been doing special guard duty since September and aiding Jailer King but on Saturday had gone to Gans to spend the night with his parents.
Efforts were immediately exerted to notify Sheriff John E. Johnston in order that posses might be immediately organized and a chase of the fugitives started. It was found however that he had gone to Norman Saturday morning for commitment of an insane negro woman in the state hospital there, and had been accompanied by Dan Sharp, deputy. Sheriff Johnston returned Sunday evening from Norman. A preliminary hearing in justice court at Moffett on Monday morning necessitated his presence there, and because of this, no posse could be organized until late Monday evening. Word was received by the sheriff’s office Monday afternoon that a party of young men had been seen in a car at Wewoka who might be the fugitives, and Sheriff Johnston, accompanied by deputy sheriffs George Hicks and Ed Hiner of Moffett and by undersheriff Bert Cotton, left for that city in an effort to capture the fugitives. They remained in Wewoka until Thursday morning when they returned home with no positive clues obtainable. It was believed that the fugitives had hurried to the Seminole county hills where a big oil boom is on. The party led by Sheriff Johnson is the only posse sent out since the jail delivery Saturday night, but word has been to officers in surrounding cities and counties in the hope that the fugitives may be apprehended soon.
A veil of mystery surrounds the daring jail delivery, pronounced by officers as being one of the boldest ever attended in Oklahoma and comparable to the famous Ed Lockhart rescue at Jay several years back. Kimes was known to be one of the most fearless fugitives in the state and ever since his capture, the fear has been expressed that his comrades would attempt a rescue. In fact, the attempt was expected while both brothers were confined here in September. Rumor has it that George Kimes, now confined in the state penitentiary at McAlester, sent word to his pals that they must pull off a jail delivery at Sallisaw and rescue his brother Matthew before sentence was passed upon or that he (George) would tell all that he knew concerning the Covington Bank robberies and other crimes. The raid upon the Sequoyah county jail last Saturday night was the result with sentence hour only thirty-six hours away upon the rescue party. Conditions and circumstances could not have been more fit for a daring jail delivery and officers are said to be investigating rumors that the bandit party had been tipped off that Sheriff Johnston was away. As we go to press, no word has been received of their whereabouts and it is probable that neither Kimes nor his associates will be located in the very near future. (Sequoyah County Democrat, Friday, November 26, 1926, front page and page 4)
ARRESTED FOR STEALING GUN
Oliver Smith, a youth living near Muldrow, was arrested in Stillwell Tuesday by Raymond Drake, under-sheriff, charged with stealing a gun from the home of John Hendricks near Muldrow. Smith is being held in the county jail. Date for his preliminary hearing has not been set at this time. (Democrat American, January 24, 1930)
Get Man Here in Killing Case
Sallisaw, Ok., Deptuies Take Over Alleged Slayer and Girl
Deputy Sheriffs from Sallisaw, Ok., left Dallas, Saturday afternoon with Ted Patton, 22, and a young woman after Patton was arrested in Dallas and made a statement to police in connection with the recent slaying of Robert H. Wall, 21, son of Judge W. B. Wall, Sallisaw jurist.
Patton was arrested when he went to the post office for mail. The arrest was made by Dallas dectectives after Patton was pointed out by Oklahoma police. Patton revealed the whereabouts of a girl companion who was said to have accompanied Patton and Wall on the fatal ride which preceded the shooting. The young woman was in a parked automobile behind underbrush near Five Mile Creek, south of Dallas.
The automobile and a fountain pen in the woman’s purse were identified as property of the slain man.
Wall’s body, with a bullet wound in the heart, was found Tuesday morning near Wild Horse Moutnain Canyon, eight miles from Sallisaw. Investigation revealed Wall had been riding with Patton and the woman at 10:30 p.m. Monday. Patton and the woman were missing the next morning.
Patton has been charged with murder at Sallisaw. (The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Sunday, May 1, 1932, page 1)
Two Die in Chair
McAlester, Okla., Oct. 20 – Ted Patton, stocky slayer of his boyhood chum, and Charles Dumas, Negro attacker of a white girl, died in the electric chair at state’s prison here early today. (Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska, Saturday, October 21, 1933, page 12)
Two Men Die in Electric Chair
Sallisaw Slayer and Negro Attacker Pay Penalty For Crimes
McAlester, Oct. 20 (AP) – A young slayer from the hill country, Ted Patton, paid the extreme penalty with a negro attacker at state’s prison here early today.
Patton, who killed his 19 year old boyhood chum, Robert Wall, died in the electric chair five minutes after the shouting negro, Charles Dumas, had been pronounced dead.
“There’s the chair,” he said, half to himself, half to Warden Sam Brown. “If the same thing was to do over again, I’d have to do just what I did.”
The 25 year old Sallisaw youth claimed he killed Wall in self defense in a fight after Wall had made improper advances toward a girl. But the state said young Wall was shot to death for his car and money and his body hidden at the foot of Wildhorse mountain in April of 1932.
Dumas, condemned for attacking a young white girl near Atoka, shouted to more than 100 officers and witnesses: “I feel fine; I’m ready to go. I got nothing against nobody.”
“Where I’m a-goin’, there’s no white side and no black side,” he added, shaking hands all around.
Petitions containing more than 2,100 names were presented to Gov. William H. Murry on behalf of Patton but the Governor took no clemency action. (The Ada Weekly News, Thursday, October 26, 1933, page 4)
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