Clifton Branham murderer
GALLOWS T(i END WILD LIFE. With the ext?cution of the sentence of iloath ?ui September 25 of Clifton Bran ham a remarkable career will end. He has just beeu tried and convicted in the Wise County Court on a charge of mur? dering his wife. Branham is only 40 years old, but iu that timo he has been a farmer, a trapper, a woodsman, a preacher and twice a murderer. He was sentenced at one time to serve M years tor murder in Kentucky, but w;u pardoned hy Governor Beckham. About 20 years ago Branham shot and killed "Long Henry" Vanover in Letcher county, Kentucky, for a trivial otlense. He was trietl and got the limit sentence in the penitentiary. He eerv??d a dozen years ami professed repentance and be? gan evangelistic work inside the prison. He had influential friends, who took an interest in him, and Governor Beckham pardoned him conditionally. Return? ing to bis home in Wise couuty, Virginia, Branham found that one of his daughters litui wodtlcd David Flem? ing, and almost the first thing that hap? pened was ?? row between the two men. Branham pallad a gun and shot a lock of hair from the head of Fleming, when Mrs. Branham, who had bec-orae blind since her husband had been in tho Ken? tucky penitentiary, interceded for her son-in-law. Branham turned around and fired at his wife and Mr?. Branham sank to the ground, dying in a few min? utes. Branham escaped to Kentucky and made his way to the home of his brother near Lexington. He was ar? rested and brought back to stand trial, with the result as tolti. Tho convicted murderer i. physically a fine specimen of manhood. While in jail in Dicken ?OD county. Ky., he collected all the straw mattresses in the jail, placed them I in his room, called the jailer, showed him a box of matches and ?leclared if lie ? was not relaaaed he proposed to set fin to the ?ail and burn it down. The jailer told him to go ahead. But Branham considered the matter and the jail is still standing.