Monday, September 14, 2009

Ha Ha Tonka's Double Murder

The following was published in a Kansas City, Missouri newspaper, February 28, 1899.

To Prison for Double Murder. Brockaway Killed His Wife's Mother and Sister in Camden County, Mo.

Linn Creek, Mo., --John Brockaway, aged 26 years, who murdered his wife's mother and sister near Hahatonka April 22, 1898, was found guilty by a jury of Camden county and his punishment fixed at ninety-one years in the penitentiary. Insanity was his plea.

Brockaway married Ella Vinson one Sunday last April and the following Friday shot and killed his mother-in-law and sister-in-law. His case was continued several times on account of the excitement of the people here. A lynching was narrowly averted.

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