Grisly Murders in Jackson County in 1897


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 11/9/1897.

One of the most foul and diabolic murders that the annals of time has recorded in the catalogue of crime was committed about ten miles from Ripley, Jackson county, last Wednesday morning. The fiendishness of the awful deed is indescribable. John Morgan killed Mrs. Edward Green, her son and two daughters. The weapon used was a mattock, with which he seems to have struck them one blow each, that being sufficient to cause death within a few hours. Robbery seems to have been the object of the crime, as he took $1500 from the house and fled to the woods. The woman murdered had partially raised the young man Morgan, who did the killing. He only escaped being lynched by the presence and strong appeal of Judge Blizzard, who promised the mob a speedy hearing of the case.

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