Thursday, May 7, 2015

May 7, 1894: William and Lewis McKinley

Today we learn about a double lynching that occurred in Kansas through the pages of The Sedalia Democrat (Sedalia, Missouri) dated May 10, 1894:


A Kansas Mob Swings Two Murderers From a Railway Bridge.

TOPEKA, Kas., May 10.—Two of the murderers of H. S. Dorley, of Wallace county, Kansas, were lynched by the citizens of Sharon Springs Monday night. Corley [sic] was murdered April 30 with a garden hoe. Fred McKinley, who was accused of the crime, was arrested on the 5th inst. about 25 miles west of Cheyenne Wells, Col., and upon being brought back to Wallace county and confronted by his neighbors, made a full confession of the crime, implicating his father, Wm. McKinley, and his elder brother, Lewis McKinley, who planned the murder, leaving the execution of it to Fred, the younger son.

The three men were arraigned in court on Monday, where Fred pleaded guilty, but his father and brother denied all knowledge of the crime. William and Lewis McKinley were placed in jail at Sharon Springs, from which they were forcibly taken at a late hour Monday night and hanged to a railroad bridge near town. The bodies were discovered there yesterday morning, with no evidence to show who was responsible for the deed.

Fred McKinley had been previously removed from the jail and placed under a special guard or he would probably have shared the fate of the others. He has since been removed to the Trego county jail. The murdered man had recently married a daughter of McKinley, and it is stated that he agreed to pay the father $200 for his consent. After the marriage he declined to make the payment, and the relatives prevailed upon Fred, who is only 17 years old, to kill him.

Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.

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