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in , on A of on in all by T. of In a of 40 After injuring Bolte, Cloud said, • 4> by Involving violent Wharton preceded but for up belonging the of a the his him and follow had Angeles ft McElroy Plea for Clemency Before Governor Park Kidnap Victim Asks Clem; ency for Her Own Peace Of Mind Also (By tb« AiKxitted Preu) Jefferson City, Mo., April 28.—Miss Mary McElrtjy pleaded with Governor Guy B, Park today to spare the life of!Walter H, McOee,.leader of the gang that kidnaped her for 130.000 ransom neariy two years ago. Virtually all legal avenues of escaping the gallows had been cloned to McOeo when the ae -year-old dnughlor of H. F. MoBlroy, city inanngcr of Kanxos City, visited the governor—In behalf, she HHW, of boUi kldnuiwr and victim. PIcadM for, Life. "In pleading for Waller McCoc's life, 1 am picadlni: lor niy own j)cacc of ihlnd," snld i:ic Inll brui nctte In hfer formal appcr'. to th« executive. ^ She was accompanied here by he* father. After the McElroys had spent 30 minutes In his, private office, Gov4 ernor Park said: Makes No Promises. "I did not indicate to them what* course I would take.", He added that he had "no Idea" when he would act' on Miss McElroy's plea. The McElroys, the governor said, expressed to him the same views as contained in Miss McEhroy's formal appeal to him. Miss McElroy appeared deeply worried as she,,^and her father left the governor's office at noon. The McElroy's did not comment on their audience with the governor. Miss McElroy previously had expressed sympathy for the men convicted on her testimony and had disclosed the thought of sending McGee to his doom was a "nightmare" preying on her mind, Wonld Servp as Warning. She expressed the tieUef that the Vfull force of the law has been emphasized" and that Mctiee's case would serve as a warning to oUiers. From her own standpoint, the girl said if the - sentence were Carried out, McGee "would even have this advantage: he would not have to think. about his execution afterwards." McGee, the first, person in the United States to be given the death penalty for kidnaping, is in Jail in Kansas City imder sentence to be hanged May 10. Division No. 2 of the state supreme court refused a rehearing of his appeal yesterday. Aslcs for Clemency. Miss McElroy presented the following letter to the governor: "I am asking your clemency for Walter H. McGee, who has been sentenced to hang on May 10. TMsi is the first request I have made as; the victim in this case. I mention my role as victim only because, technically, I believe, I am the only one whose right it Is to ask for clemency, So far, publicly at least, I liave tried to fill the purely mechanical part of a state's witness. "Walter McGee's trial was primarily important as a test case. The state of Missouri was trying to prove the possibility of giving the death sentence for. kidnaping. The sentence was passed by the Jury and has been .confirmed by the supreme court. I believe that the full force of the law has been emphasized and that it is clear that Walter McGee has no legal-means of escaping the gallows. I hope and believe that this has served to warn men; like him that kidnaping is a serious, and dangerous crime to contemplate. Victim Sailers Too. "And now, may we consider this as a private case? As the victim, I am appealing to you; furthermore, I am appcaUng On behalf of the victim as well as that of her captor. I assure you that Walter McGee's sentence hag hung as heavily over me as over him. "Through punishing a guilty man, his Tlctim will be made to suffer equally. He would even have this advantage: he would not have' to think about his execution afterwards. In pleading for Walter McGee's life, I am pleading for my own peace of mind. "I do nbt forget the suffering this has brought in many ways,to many other people. Walter McGee's death win not erase nor ease the suffering. Rather, I believe the mercy shown him, and. the feeling of warmth and hope that any act of mercy I brings, will serve as a balm to us all." services at the captain service, ty has it be meeting the are

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  1. Iola Daily Register And Evening News,
  2. 26 Apr 1935, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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