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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 Hillmon Case Is Tried before a Jury

The Hillmon Case Is Tried before a Jury


(p.82) 3 The Hillmon Case Is Tried before a Jury
A Death at Crooked Creek

Marianne Wesson

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the first trial, held in 1892, of the John Wesley Hillmon case as well as the witnesses and other key figures involved, including Sarah Quinn Hillmon, John Brown, and Alvina Kasten. It reflects on Sarah's claims and Brown's account of his accidental shooting of her husband John before turning to the Sharps rifle used in the shooting of John Hillmon and its importance in the history of Kansas. In particular, it considers two firearms accidents in Kansas, one occurring in 1887 and the other in 1890. It then discusses the exhumation of what was presumed to be John Hillmon's body at the Oak Hill Cemetery, along with the ancestry of both John Hillmon and Frederick Adolph Walters. It also examines the issue of admissibility of photographs as evidence in the Hillmon case, along with the jury's deliberations.

Keywords:   trial, John Wesley Hillmon, witnesses, Sarah Quinn Hillmon, John Brown, exhumation, Frederick Adolph Walters, admissibility, evidence, photographs

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