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Lincoln County Kansas
CRIME
and
CRIMINALS

INMATES AT THE KANSAS STATE PENITENTIARY CONVICTED IN LINCOLN COUNTY
Taken from Kansas state government publications of 1874, 1875 and 1876

HALEY-HUBBARD KILLINGS OF 1872
In 1872, Ezra Hubbard killed John Haley, and an angry mob killed Hubbard. This is one rather florid account of the events.

HALEY-HUBBARD KILLINGS OF 1872
Another account of the killings, this one with a definite pro-Haley tone.

MURDER OF JOHN LYDEN
In 1941 the report of the coroner's inquest in to the 1875 murder of John Lyden resurfaced at the courthouse, and the Lincoln County News laid out the case. No one was ever convicted or punished for this cold-blooded killing.

MURDER OF JOHN LYDEN, cont.
After the above article was printed, a News reader brought in an account of the murder from the Western Democrat, which was supposedly published in Lincoln County in 1875. No microfilm exists of this newspaper, so the information in this addendum is valuable.

TEMPERANCE DISTURBANCE OF 1876
An article about the destruction of a druggist's wares by person or persons unknown

THE DEATH OF JESSE TURNER
Information on a muder and ensuing lynching in Lincoln County in the late 1880's. These online articles are found at the University of Kansas' online Kansas Collection of historic books and articles on the Sunflower State.

THE MURDER OF JESSE TURNER
An article from the Jan. 5, 1888, Lincoln Beacon about the murder of Jesse Turner by Pat Cleary.

THE HANGING OF PATRICK CLEARY
An account of the hanging by mob in 1889 of Pat Cleary from the Saline County Journal.

THE MURDER OF JOHN SIMPSON
In 1894, a Barnard-area farmer named John Simpson was murdered after surprising two burglars in his home.

SYLVAN GROVE BANK ROBBERY
In 1894, three men robbed the Sylvan Grove Bank. Only two of them lived to tell the tale.

SYLVAN GROVE BANK ROBBERY
Another account of the Sylvan Grove robbery.

SCRAPE AT SYLVAN GROVE
In 1896, William Mollenkamp went to jail for slugging Rein Wohler.

THE MURDER OF W.S. STANLEY
In 1896, former Lincoln resident W.N. Renfro was arrested for the murder of another former Lincoln man, W.S. Stanley, in a Colorado mining town.

THE MURDER OF WESLEY FOULKE
In 1897, a farmhand was found dead in the road north of Lincoln. After first believed to be suicide, the post mortem indicated murder. This crime was apparently never solved.

THE MURDER OF WESLEY FOULKE
This follow-up focuses on the post mortem and theories in the case, which was never solved.

THE MURDER OF MICHAEL BARRETT
In 1898, Michael Haley was charged with stabbing to death his nephew in a brawl that seems to have started while one or both were intoxicated.

THE KILLING OF JOHN NUNN
In 1902, David Shirk shot and killed his father-in-law, John Nunn, during a family dispute on Thanksgiving Day.

WELLS SHOOTS FREY IN SYLVAN
In 1904, Sam Wells shot John Frey in Sylvan Grove.

BARNARD NABS A BLACKMAILER
In 1910, a man named Paul Dooley was convicted of attempted blackmail.

BEVERLY GIRL IS TARRED AND FEATHERED
In 1912, Mary Chamberlain of Beverly was set up by a group of men and tarred and feathered, with no apparent reason for the attack, which drew national attention. This article includes links to coverage in the New York Times.

TONT MORRISON SHOOTS NAYLOR FAMILY
In 1915, Tont Morrison shot two members of the Naylor family, allegedly in a jealous rage. Both survived.

FITZHUGH THOMPSON SHOOTS JESSE COX AT ASH GROVE
In 1926, pranks led to a shooting at Ash Grove.

STELLA HYMAN MURDERS TWO
In 1920, Stella Hyman murdered her sister Lizzie Bunch and Lizzie's husband Ed, and tried to kill their daughter Nancy Bunch, because she wanted to marry her nephew Lee Bunch.


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