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PLEAD FOR LIFE OF DOOMEDSKflTCHER Dark-Eyed Mary Mc El rath Prepares To Keep Promise To Walter McGee CONVICTED KIDNAPER SENTENCED TO HANG Daughter Of Kansas City Official Will Ask Governor To Commute Sentence To Life Imprisonment; First Kidnaper To Face Death Kansas City, April 25 (/P)-Dark- eyed Mary McElroy, keeping her promlso to the condemned man who kidnaped her for $30,000, will plead tomorrow for his life. With her father, City Manager H. F. McElory of Kansas City, the slender 2G-year-old brunette will ask Governor Guy B. Park of Missouri to commute Walter McGee's death sentence to life imprisonment. McGee, sentenced to hang May 10, told the Associated Press two weeks ago Miss McElroy had promised to "do what she could" for him on ouo of several visits to his cell. Miss McElroy divulged her plans today a short while after McGee, first kidnaper to bo sentenced to death In the United States, had been denied a rehearing by division No. 2 ot the Missouri supreme court. McGee Notified The word was carried to McGee —lolling carelessly-dressed and unshaven in the Jackson county (Kansas City) jail—by the deputy on bis. death watch. "She ought to be able to do some good," the heavy-browed kidnaper cried. "Her wishes oi^bt to be law." Another woman alsp made plans tonight for a further fight to save McGee from the gallows as his attorney. Miss Llllie Knight, said she would carry an appeal to the United StateB supreme court. Tormented by thoughts of McGee's fate, Miss McElroy often has expressed her sympathy for the man who led the gang which kidnaped her two years ago. Not Bad At Heart Shortly after her release and before the capture of her abductors. Miss McElroy said she believed they "were not bad at heart," and she would "hate to, gee them sent to the penitentiary,""I would fight to keep them from such a .fate,'* she. added. Later she adopted a more antagonistic- 'attitude* and. testified freely •against her kidnapers at their trials. Then, last February—"to get away from it all"—Miss McElroy fled her luxurious home. She was found next day aboard a Chicago-bound bus at Normal, 111. "I must have gone haywire." she said. Miss McElroy, held 29 hours In a dungeon-like basement near Kansas City, was unharmed when she was released May 28, 1933, after her father had paid $30,000 ransom. Most of the monye was recovered. One of the kidnapers, Clarence Stevens, never.has been caught. Walter McGee's brother, George, received life. The other member of the gang, Clarence Click, received 8 years. to

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  1. Bluefield Daily Telegraph,
  2. 26 Apr 1935, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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