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Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Description: An Elopement Frustrated

Date: September 1 1885

Newspaper published in: Brooklyn, NY


Page/Column: Page ?, Column 5

How a Charge of Murder Stopped a Runaway Couple
HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss., September 1
This community has been thrown into a flutter of excitement and indignation by the arrest of Robert
Doxey and Mrs. Wash Johnson, upon the eve of their departure from the State, charged with the murder of Doxey's wife about four weeks ago. Doxey and Mrs. Johnson made a trip to Tupelo, Miss., during which time, as has recently been disclosed, they passed as husband and wife. Shortly after their return, Doxey and his wife visited Mrs. Johnson, and while there Doxey's Wife was taken suddenly ill and died without a physician being called in. The remains were interred without a post mortem examination. Since the death of Mrs. Doxey her husband and Mrs. Johnson have been intimate and both sold their effects and made preparations to leave the State. This excited suspicion, and they were arrested last Friday, Mrs. Johnson resisting arrest with a pistol. It was developed that Doxey, the day before his wife's death, bought strychnine of a druggist here, saying it was for coons that were destroying his corn. He also bought some liver pills and quinine, saying his wife was very sick and he believed she would die. When Doxey got home that night he gave his wife two pills and repeated the dose next morning.
Mrs. Johnson to-day said that on Tuesday morning, after giving his wife the pills, Doxey called for a saucer and some flour, making two alleged quinine pills, and gave them to his wife, and that she died in two hours. This Doxey denies and says his wife, in her dying moments, told him Mrs. Johnson gave her some medicine which tasted badly, and said she was poisoned. The magistrate committed both the prisoners without bail. Doxey is a nephew of the late General Hindman, of Arkansas.


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