Huntsville Independent (AL)
Huntsville Independent (AL)
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Description: God Told Me to Do It - Murder of Wm. Johnson

Date: May 27 1886

Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL

Source: Madison County, AL Library

Page/Column: Page 4, Column 1

“GOD TOLD ME TO DO IT”
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Particulars of the Brutal Murder of
Wm. Johnson by a Religious Crank
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Thomason, Ga., May 14.—From a reliable source I have the following particulars of the murder of Bud Johnson by Jim Cartwright, which occurred on the evening of the 11th inst., in the eastern part of Meriwether County, about one mile from Hall’s bridge, on Flint River. It seems that William, alias Bud Johnson, and Jim Cartwright, both white, are small farmers, and live within a quarter of a mile of each other, and, as far as is known, have been good friends. Monday evening Bud Johnson went to his house from his field to get some water. While there he sat down to rest, and took his little child in his arms, his wife also being in the yard. While fondling the child, Jim Cartwright came up to the gate and said; “Bud, you seem to be resting well.” Bud replied; “No, I have been at work and am tired.” Cartwright then said; “Bud, come here, I want to see you.” Johnson got up with his child in his arms and started to Cartwright, and when he got near him, Cartwright drew his pistol and shot him twice—once in the head and once through the heart. Johnson fell, and as he was falling his wife ran up and caught the child. Johnson expired at once. Cartwright then said; “Mrs. Johnson I have killed the best friend I ever had, but God told me to do it.” Cartwright was arrested and is now in custody.

Submitted: 10/08/19

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