Contributed by Gigimo
Description: The HATFIELD-MCCOY Feud. Ellison HATFIELD, Confined in Jail, Confesses the Murder of Three MCCOYS.Date: April 8 1889
Newspaper published in: St. Louis, Mo.
Wheeling, W. Va., April 8.
Ellison HATFIELD, one of the participants in the HATFIELD-MCCOY feud, who is confined in the Pike County Jail in Kentucky, has made a confession to State's Attorney Lee FERGUSON. "I was present," he said, "and participated in the murder of the three MCCOY brothers - Tolbert, Farley and Randolph. The three brothers were taken from a school house in Logan County, West Virginia, where they had been guarded for a day and a night, and brought over the Tug River, which separates West Virginia and Kentucky. About fifty feet from the river CARPENTER tied them to a paw-paw bush and hung a lantern over their heads. Anse HATFIELD then said to them: 'Boys, if you have any peace to make with your Maker you had better make it.' Tolbert and Randolph began praying, but Farley did not. However, before the boys had time to finish their prayers John HATFIELD shot Farley dead. Anse then gave the order to fire and shot as he gave the word, killing Tolbert and then emptying the contents of his revolver into the dead body. Alex MUSSER fired and killed Randolph MCCOY. The others followed suit and all the bodies were riddled with bullets. After the boys were killed Will HATFIELD administered an oath to all of us binding us to take the life of the first who divulged the name of any who were along."
Capt. HATFIELD said that he and Tom WALLACE shot Jeff MCCOY after he had escaped from them. The prisoner also gave the particulars of the brutal murder of Alifere and Calvin MCCOY, in which he took part. Nine of the HATFIELD faction on a Sunday night in January, 1888, crossed the river into Kentucky under command of Jim VANCE. They surrounded the MCCOY homestead, fired the house, and killed the girl as she attempted to extinguish the flames. Capt. and John HATFIELD both claimed that they killed Calvin MCCOY and bragged about it.