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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 Fifth Trial Progresses Briskly but Ends Inconclusively, and New York Life Capitulates

The Fifth Trial Progresses Briskly but Ends Inconclusively, and New York Life Capitulates

1896–1899

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(p.227) 7 The Fifth Trial Progresses Briskly but Ends Inconclusively, and New York Life Capitulates
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A Death at Crooked Creek
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Marianne Wesson

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814784563.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the fifth trial of the John Wesley Hillmon case that lasted from 1896 to 1899. It first considers the exhumation of what were recorded as John's remains at the Oak Hill Cemetery for forensic analysis before turning to Judge John A. Williams, who took leadership of the fifth adjudication of Sallie Quinn Hillmon's lawsuit. It then examines jury selection, evidence and testimonies from various witnesses, and the lawyers' summations. It also discusses the three insurance companies' dispute with Webb McNall, the Kansas Superintendent of Insurance, and the New York Life Insurance Company's settlement with Sallie Hillmon.

Keywords:   trial, John Wesley Hillmon, exhumation, John A. Williams, insurance companies, Webb McNall, Kansas, New York Life Insurance Company, settlement, Sallie Quinn Hillmon

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