Contributed by Gigimo
Description: Resisted Arrest. Used a Shot Gun and Killed One Man Instantly.Date: December 13 1890
Newspaper published in: Knoxville, TN
Louisville, December 12.--W. B. CURL, who was whipped by personal enemies near Brandenburg last week, is still hardly able to be about. The men were about to hang him, but upon his plea for the sake of his children contented themselves with beating him until he was bleeding from the heavy welts from his shoulders to his knees. When Constable MASSEY, with a warrant, called on Thomas BURGESS to answer the charge of beating CURL, BURGESS answered, "not by a d--d sight" and taking his shot gun he fired through the door. None of the shots took effect. Then he went to the window and fired the other barrel. The charge entered the bowels of John FOOTE and he fell to the ground dead.
During the excitement created by the shooting of FOOTE, BURGESS escaped through a rear window and is at large. BURGESS came here recently from Harrison county, Indiana, where he had killed a man.