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GOVERNOR HEARS GIRL PLEAD FOR LIFE OJMpPER Mary McElroy, Victim Of Snatcher, K6eps Promise To Held Condemned Man GETS NO ASSURANCE EXECUTIVE WILL ACT Tears Appear In Eyes As Daughter Of City Manager Of Kansas Oity Leaves Governor's Office; Kidnaper Under Sentence To Hang Jefferson City, Mo„ April 26, (JP)— Slender Mary McElroy — whose $30,000 abduction resulted In the first death sentence for kidnaping In tho United States—left with Gov. Guy B. Park tonight a solemn, almost tearful, plea for the life of her kidnaper. She received no assurance the executive would accede to her request. The abductor, Walter McGeo. 1 B under sentence to hang May 10. Accompanied by her father. H. F. McElroy. city manager of Kansas City, Miss McElroy, chic in a blue ensemble, spent 30 minutes in the governor's private office. McElroy and the governor are old friends. Calm and Smiling Miss McElroy was calm and smiling as she entered the office to plead for the leader of a Bang which kidnaped her May 27, 1933, and held her in a dark basement 29 hours until her father paid the ransom. Coming out, however, the girl was solemn. A few tears appeared. With virtually all legal avenues of escapeing the gallows closed to McGee, awaiting death in a Kansas City Jail, Mls3 McElroy presented the governor a formal 400-word appeal for communication of the sentence to life. Presents letter Miss McElroy presented the following letter to the governor: "I am asking your clemency tor Walter H. McGee, who has been sentenced to hang on May 10. This is the first request I have made as the victim in this case. I believe, I am the only one whose right it 1 B to ask for clemency. So far, publicly at least, I have tried to fill the purely mechanical part of a state's wltnesB "Walter McGee's trial was primarily important as a {est case. The state o fMissourl was trying to prove the possibility of giving the- death sentence for kidnaping. That sentence was passed by the Jury and has been confirmed by the suprerru) court. I believe that the full force of the law has been emphasized and that It Is clear that Walter McOee 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. "And now, may we consider this as a private case? As the victim, I am appealing on behalf of the victim as well as that of her captor. I assure you that Walter McGee's sentence has hung as heavily over me as over him. "Through punishing a guilty man, his victim 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 not forget the suffering this has brought in many ways to many other people. Walter McGee's death will 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 brings, will serve as a balm to us all,"

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  1. Bluefield Daily Telegraph,
  2. 27 Apr 1935, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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