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Daily Illinois State Journal
Daily Illinois State Journal
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Description: A Murderer Captured After Thirteen Years

Date: July 10 1877

Newspaper published in: Springfield, IL

Page/Column: 3

A Murderer Captured After Thirteen Years

Sheriff Thomas J. Porter of White County, Illinois, arrived here Monday evening having in custody a man named John Aiken, who is charged with the murder of one Tesh Stuart in White County, Illinois, in 1864. The crime which was committed so long ago was one of unusual barbarity in which the prisoner had as associated two men named Thomas and Andrew Glide. The victim was a wealthy farmer, and the killing was prompted by the hope of securing a large amount of money which he was supposed to have in the house. Aiken confessed his crime, and was to have been executed, but he succeeded in breaking jail before the day arrived for the hanging. Coming at once to Colorado, he has since resided in the Territory and State, for some years living in Custer County, where he has a cabin, from 75 to 100 head of cattle, and a family of nine children. The officer and prisoner left yesterday on the east-bound train. Sheriff Potter thinks he has but a slight chance to escape the gallows, as there are still living two of the murdered man's children and a hired man who witnessed the shooting.

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