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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 Case Is Tried Twice More, and a Surprising Objection Is Made

The Case Is Tried Twice More, and a Surprising Objection Is Made


(p.137) 4 The Case Is Tried Twice More, and a Surprising Objection Is Made
A Death at Crooked Creek

Marianne Wesson

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the two trials of the John Wesley Hillmon case. The case of Hillmon v. Mutual Life Insurance Company et al. was called for a second trial on June 6, 1885. The jury selected included four former members of the Kansas Legislature. Followers of the first trial would have found very little novelty in the evidence and testimony offered in the second. One of the trial's few unexpected moments arrived when Sarah Quinn Hillmon's lawyers summoned a Dr. Patterson, who reportedly “identified a plaster cast of the teeth of Hillman.” Not satisfied to rest their case on transcripts and depositions, the insurance companies called forty-three witnesses and introduced numerous depositions and transcripts of prior testimony. The case would be tried for the third time in 1888, this time in Topeka. This chapter analyzes the evidence presented at the two trials as well as the testimonies given by witnesses from both camps.

Keywords:   trial, John Wesley Hillmon, Hillmon v. Mutual Life Insurance Company et al., jury, evidence, testimonies, Sarah Quinn Hillmon, witnesses

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