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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 for the Last Time

The Hillmon Case Is Tried for the Last Time


(p.259) 8 The Hillmon Case Is Tried for the Last Time
A Death at Crooked Creek

Marianne Wesson

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the sixth and final trial of the John Wesley Hillmon case that began and ended in 1899. The sixth and last trial of the case of Hillmon v. Mutual Life Insurance Company et al. was called to order on October 8, 1899, at Leavenworth, with William Cather Hook as presiding judge. A new lawyer, John Atwood, had joined Sallie Quinn Hillmon's team. Judge Hook had ruled that Sallie would enjoy six peremptory challenges to prospective jurors, and each of the two remaining defendants would be permitted to exercise three. The jury consisted of twelve men, all white except for one who was reported to be “a colored man.” This chapter examines the evidence presented as well as the testimonies given by witnesses during the trial and concludes by discussing the jury's verdict for Sallie Hillmon; the two insurance companies, Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York and Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, were ordered to pay her $22,068 and $11,304, respectively.

Keywords:   trial, John Wesley Hillmon, Hillmon v. Mutual Life Insurance Company et al., William Cather Hook, Sallie Quinn Hillmon, evidence, witnesses, insurance companies, Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company

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