Contributed by Gigimo
Description: John LANDRETH Arrested in Illinois for Attempting to Organize a Bandit Gang.Date: July 18 1884
Newspaper published in: St. Louis, MO
Effingham, Ill., July 18. A few days ago a young man by the name of John LANDRETH, living near Edgewood, in this county, was arrested upon the reports of several young men, who stated that LANDRETH was making an effort to organize a Jesse JAMES gang. He matured his plans and then revealed them to several of his associates, and asked their assistance in the execution of the plans he had prepared; but, for reasons best known to themselves, they declined to become his accomplices. They reported the matter to the authorities, who arrested the would-be desperado, and after a preliminary examination bound him over in the sum of $1,200, in default of which he was sent to jail. If appears that LANDRETH had arranged to inaugurate his career by murdering the following persons, who were known to have money: Mr. John TOOKEY and wife, Mr. CRAIG and wife, and Mr. SHANE and wife, all old and respected citizens residing near Edgewood. He told his confidants that after having disposed of these persons successfully and obtained their money the gang would be expected to engage in the murder business more extensively. It was only a question of time when he would have succeeded in executing his diabolical plots; and without stopping long to investigate the causes which prompted the young renegade to map out for himself such an inhuman course in life the severest penalties of the law should be meted out to him as speedily as possible.