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Idaho Daily Statesman
Idaho Daily Statesman
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Description: An Awful Murder. A Missouri Farmer Killed by His Wife and Her Paramour.

Date: August 9 1894

Newspaper published in: Boise, ID

Page/Column: 1/2

St. Louis, Aug. 8.--Fred KANE, a farmer living just outside of the east limits of East Carondolet, Ill., was murdered last night about 10 o'clock by his wife, Annie, and her paramour, George CENTER, who worked for the murdered man.

Just before 10 o'clock several persons heard cries and several pistol shots. At the turn of the road about 300 yards from his home, they found KANE in a pool of blood and evidence that a terrible struggle had occurred. Across a cornfield the struggle had been carried on till the final blow with a 26-pound blacksmith hammer had been dealt. It carried away the entire left side of the head as far down as the cheekbone, including an eye and a part of the nose. The bullet wounds were enough in themselves to kill a man. The guilty pair's clothing were found hidden near the house. The woman and her paramour were apparently without fear of detection.

Mrs. KANE and her paramour, George CENTER, have made confessions. He stated that a man named George JOHNSON had met him and given him a pistol with which he was compelled to shoot KANE. CENTRE then detailed practically the story of the murder as already stated.

JOHNSON, as far as can be learned from the evidence, is Mrs. KANE, who, togged up in a pair of her husband's trousers, is said to have wielded the hammer which smashed in the head of the murdered man. A stepson of the murdered man, who is not more than 12 or 14 years old, says, when the old man went away from the house to go to Bungtown, his mother and George went out together and his mother had a hammer and a bundle.

Mrs. KANE stoutly denied all charges of criminal intimacy between herself and CENTRE until she learned CENTRE had owned up.

Lynching is freely talked of by excited neighbors, but the prisoners are kept safely locked up in jail.

Submitted: 05/14/07

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