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A Death at Crooked CreekThe Case of the Cowboy, the Cigarmaker, and the Love Letter$
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Marianne Wesson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814784563

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814784563.001.0001

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The Parties Ready Their Cases for Trial

The Parties Ready Their Cases for Trial


(p.47) 2 The Parties Ready Their Cases for Trial
A Death at Crooked Creek

Marianne Wesson

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the train of events that took place in the years 1879–1882 as the parties in the John Wesley Hillmon case readied themselves for trial. It first considers the affidavit made by John Brown as well as the issue of hearsay evidence. In Lawrence, the agents of the insurance companies sued by Sarah Quinn Hillmon searched for a man whom they could claim to be the dead man found at Crooked Creek, and chanced upon Frederick Adolph Walters. Even Walters' family had come to believe that he was the man killed at Crooked Creek. The chapter also considers one importance piece of evidence, a love letter allegedly written by Walters to his fiancée, Alvina Kasten, and presents excerpts from her deposition in the case of Hillmon v. Mutual Life Insurance Company et al.. Finally, it looks at the original pleadings, orders, transcripts, and exhibits to the six trials of the Hillmon case that are kept at the National Archives and Records Administration in Kansas City.

Keywords:   affidavit, John Wesley Hillmon, John Brown, hearsay evidence, Sarah Quinn Hillmon, Frederick Adolph Walters, Alvina Kasten, deposition, Hillmon v. Mutual Life Insurance Company et al., love letter

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