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His accorded today hew Vote a prolonging the 70 and to to i «iay. McGee Must Hang For Kidnaping of Kansas City Girl Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Sentence in ;McEiroy Crime First Tune Under New Law Daughter of City Manager Refuses to Comment on Decision of Court (By the Associated Press) Jefferson City, Mo., March 30— Walter H. McGee, the first person to be ^ntenced to death in the United'- States for kidnaping, iftust pay with his life for the ransom abduction nearly two years ago'of Mary I^cElroy, daughter of the city manager of Kansas City, the Mls- sDiui sppreme coiut decreed today. The court held that the 'Tjroof sufliciently substantiates the verdict • of - guilty," and that the "record JDroper discloses no error." "Therefore," wrote Commissioner Walter" H. Bohling, whose opinion was unanimously adopted, "the judgment is approved." The court set the execution for May 10, in ihe Jackson county jail at Kansas City. Hanging is the method? of execution in Missouri. M.iss McElroy was abducted from her south side home about noon late in>May 1933, held for nearly 30 hours in the basement of a farm house in Wyandotte county, Kas., and released on payment of $30,000 ransom' by her father, H. P. McElroy. Walter McGee, leader of the kidnapers, -was the only one of those convicted to receive the extreme penalty.; >One Still at Large. Clarerice Stevens, one of the accused abductors, still is at large. Georg^ McGee, brother of Walter McGee, Is serving a life sentence in the Missouri penitentiary. Clarence Click, is ^serving an 8-year sentence. Nervoijs.and distraught as the result of worry over the prosecution of her kidnapers. Miss McElroy dis- appeareti from her home the night of last ij'ebruary ^U, and w&s located by' police on a Chicago-bound motor bus at Normal, 111., the next' the He he expansion Belgium bli- bitterly l&st not Premier nervous have as and out • victory, his the shots ^ald, the and Uhey short appeared his plead report. • • sortie .he to wish of judge y<)ur — coim­ a applicant, • I was worrying so much amout the case I must have lost my head," she told; authorities. "I was especially upset over the thought that my testimony was to be instrmnent- al In sending Walter McGee to his death." : ;Upset by Letters. Her father said Miss McElroy had been (upset by anonymous letters and ttelepfione; calls. "Some oi the letters were vicious, even goiiigj so far as saying the blood of Walter! McGee would be on her if anything happened to him," McElroy sa|d. Miss NfcElroy has made two visits to the penitentiary' here to see (jfeorge McGee. She has refused to say whether she will seek clemency for him.': Walter McGee is being held in Jail at Kansas City. Kansas City, March 30. (AP) —" Miss Majy McElroy, kidnap victim of Walter McGee, declined to comment today on the decision of the Missouri ^supreme - court upholding his sentence to death. "I would rather say nothing at this time," said the 26-year-old daughter of City Manager H. P. McElroy. "That answers for both of us," commented the father, who. paid $30,000 ransom for the release of his daughter in 1933. The girl was not harmed by the kidnapers^ . Emotionally Upset. | The tall, brunette Miss McElroy however, has suffered several emo^ tional upsets as a result of, her kid­ naping experience and subsequent worry over conviction-of her abductors. She disappeared from her home the night of February 10 last and was Intercepted the niext day at Normal, 111., on a Chicago-bound motor bus. She attributed her Impulsive flight to her feeling of personal re- sponslbiUtyjin the death sentence of Walter McGee. "It was ray testimony," Miss McElroy sad, "that convicted those men. It was the right thin^ to do, their sentences were just and I still believe capital punishment is merited for 'ddnaping as well as murder, .r:- No Hard Feelings. "I'hold no personal hard feelings against them, and I am sure today that they do ncft; hold hard feelings against me. That's what makes the.^ situation all the worse. . "1 have nightmares about those men and the fates they brought on themselves. "Have I seen them since the trials? Do I try to forget them? I have seen them, and no, I cannot forget them. I have visited them in prison. I have tried to help their relatives. Something drives me to do this. I cannot let them go." McGee In Tears. Walter McGee alternately raged and wept today when told his death sentence had .been upheld. "What did they do? Bring the rope back to me?" he Inquired as he was escorted from the county jail to the sheriff's office. There he received the news and exclaimed: "in take It to the supreme court." Tears followed; quickly and he turned away to talk to a deputy. In his presence two deputies discussed what arrangements .would be necessary to hang McGee In the new court house here. There are no accommodations at this time for a gallows room. "They couldnt get , it ready by May 10, could they?" McGee asked quickly. "Maybe that's a" break for me."

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  1. Iola Daily Register And Evening News,
  2. 30 Mar 1935, Sat,
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