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Description: A Nebraska Criminal - Came Unto DeathDate: April 1 1886
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Madison County, AL Library
Page/Column: Page 4, Column 6
A Nebraska Criminal—Came unto Death
Omaha, March 22.—The Bee’s Oakland, Neb., special says: The greatest tragedy ever known in Burt County—in fact the greatest known in the history of Nebraska has ended. For thirty-six hours the daring desperado--the murderer of H. C Stedman, Peter Johnson and Edgar Everett, the man who defended his life with the desperation of a fiend—held a crowd of pursuers, at times numbering 300 men, at bay. He could not be taken alive. He knew that surrendering meant certain death at the hands of the enraged citizens. The fight he made was a remarkable one. Amply supplied with ammunition and weapons, lie defied every assault made to capture him in his frail fort. Late last night it was decided to fire the barn and force him either to surrender or stand in the midst of the flaming structure and suffer cremation. By some means a shed that was attached to the stable was ignited. The murderer, seeing the barn was on fire, sent into the crowd about twenty shots. Fire was opened on him with Winchester rifles from all sides, and it is supposed he was killed before he could get out. After the fire had subsided the remains were found in a large pile of oats which protected him a great deal. Both arms were burned off and a part of both legs. A part of his head was shot off and many bullet holes were found in his body. It is thought by some that he was wounded in his limbs before taking to the barn or he would have endeavored to escape. The body was raked from the pile of smoking oats and buried in an adjoining cornfield. The crowd was bent on taking the charred remains and feeding them to the hogs, and the sheriff had hard work resisting the crowd, and accordingly the remains obtained human burial.
The murderer was of light build, and five feet six incites tall. He has been going under the name of Allen Wright. Johnson's barn, in which he took refuge, is completely destroyed with its contents. The barn and contents were valued at $1,500, which amount, it is supposed, the county will pay.
If not, the amount will be raised by private contributions. Besides this loss the farm is very much damaged by being cut up by wagons, horses, etc. Edgar Everett, the man whom Wright shot during the pursuit, is twenty seven years of age. He has a wife and two children. The doctors are doing all in their power to ease his pains, but death is certain. The other wounded persons are doing well.
The sheriff has Wright's pony, saddle and revolver, which will be sold.