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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 Century Turns, and the Hillmon Case Is Concluded

The Century Turns, and the Hillmon Case Is Concluded


(p.305) 9 The Century Turns, and the Hillmon Case Is Concluded
A Death at Crooked Creek

Marianne Wesson

NYU Press

This chapter discusses developments following the jury verdict for Sallie Quinn Hillmon in the sixth and last trial of the case of Hillmon v. Mutual Life Insurance Company et al. Within weeks after their loss, Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York and Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company filed their appellate papers in the Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. In their appellate brief, the two insurance companies cited several errors that Judge William Cather Hook had allegedly committed. This chapter considers the Court of Appeals's opinion on the two insurance companies' assignments of error and Connecticut Mutual's decision to file a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the Supreme Court. It also comments on the Los Angeles Times's report claiming another sighting of the living John Wesley Hillmon and the Supreme Court decision favoring the defendants. Finally, it examines the settlement reached by Sallie Hillmon and Connecticut Mutual and the Supreme Court's 1892 ruling on the admissibility of hearsay evidence.

Keywords:   trial, Sallie Quinn Hillmon, Hillmon v. Mutual Life Insurance Company et al., Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, insurance companies, Supreme Court, John Wesley Hillmon, admissibility, hearsay evidence

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