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be determine juries today. way obtained, not to The to for de- to the is as ot to of on dc- or in F. regions, it, McElroy Kidnaper Sentenced to Die Jury Condemns Walter McGee To Gallows After Convicting Him of Abducting Daughter Of City Manager of Kansas City. MARKS CRIME CRUSADE Death Penalty Is First Assessed Since National Drive Against Kidnaping Was Launched. Kansas City, July 27 (¿p)—Walter McGee, confessed leader of the gang that kidnaped Miss Mary McElroy, daughter of City Manager H. F. McElroy, and collected $30.000 ransom, was assessed the death penalty today by a criminal court jtu/. Formal sentence will be passed later by Judge Allen C. Southern. The case was the first in which Lhe extreme penalty lias been assessed in the nation's crusade against kidnapers, and is one of the few in history to bring the death sentence where tho victim of the kidnaping was unharmed. The jury deliberated three and three-quarters hours' last -.ght and reached the verdict soon after resuming deliberations this morning. The Jury interrupted the trial of McGee's brother George, facing the same charge, to give its verdict. McGee showed, no emotion when he heard the foreman of the jury announce the accused kidnaper had jcen condemned to die on the gal- ows. No members of Miss McElroy's family was in court, v.-hen the verdict was read. The prospective ¡urors who will decide the fate ot VIcGec's brother were rushed into a corridor while the jury's verdict was •end. Kidnaped on May 27. BrandLshini; weapons, two kidnap- TS. alleged by the state to have been tfcGce end Clarence Stevens, forced .heir way into the McElroy home May 27 as Miss McElroy was taking "Come out of there or I'll shoot through the door," one ot the men commanded. "Get a dress on. you're going with is," he said as the young wonmn opened the door. Remaining calm. Miss McElroy asked what the men proposed to do. "We're going to kidnap you," snld he leader, identified by Miss Mc- Slroy as McGee. "We are going to uake your father pay $60,000 for you." Dressed, Miss McElroy was hurried to n motorcar outside. She was "orccd to sit on the floor, a lap robe >vcr her head. The kidnapers took icr to a cottage near Shawnec, Can., uud chained her to the wall if a squnlid basement room vhich he shared with some chickens. The ransom negotiations were pencd with her father. At his re- ucst, nothing \vas carried in tho icwspupers until he had arranged or her safe release 30 hours later nformcd -vIcElroy could .mt pny lore, the kidnapers accepted $30,00. McElroy personally turned over he money t< the abductors along a oncly Wyandottc county, Kan oad. ' Was Arrested In Texas. Immediately after Miss McElroy ppearcd unharmed but in an cx- remcly nervous state at the Mil- urn Golf nnd Country club, an in- ensive police search got under way ^ tip brought McGee under sus-' Icion. Interception of a telegram Lcavcmvorth, which d ¡alt "with ilans to trade a motorcar, resulted n McGee's arrest at Amarillo Texas, June i. The same clay Clarence Click was rrcsted In Kansas City, Kan., and icGoc's brother. George, Hter was rrestcd at Rpanokc. Vu. Both face rial on kidnaping charges More than half the ransom was ecovercd from the three men ,ir- csti'd. At the trial. Miss McElroy disclosed that just prior ,.o her release tho kidnapers dcr arded that sha Qlbrobc, sayinu they wished to make certain she was not carrying away any evidence vhich might, serve pr.hce ¡u «ientuVmi: (hem When Insisted she "would 5[/ -i-i to on ' ».'. n... • " .-..,,- \\ uu;u ralncr die than do that." the demand was not pressed. Federal Aid in Trial. Acting in an advisory capacity Joseph 13. Kcenan. special assistant United Statn.s attorney go--real, aided in the prosecution. Federal ¡n- dlclmcnt.s were returned ¡mainst 'he Mi-Goo brothers and Click because McElroy was taken from Mis- sas bv tho Mis be put away troin jwiety "Think of takm,: this" girl from her homo to a veruubli- dungeon and. ho'.dins her 30 '— •• • "chained like ¡in hours." he said to the wall j Informed at death pei:.iliy strains). Walte leader o: the her las', May 25. Mild: 'I hope (his her home that the hud been assessed. McGee, confessed same that kidnapd .»li.<s Mary McElroy will help prevent further kidr.apings." i "He go! what'lv deserved" salt» ¡ E;u'one. c. Reppert. director O f I police. "This will eliminate kid I napmss :n Kansas City " MUM ice has beee done'" said w . F. MrElroy. father o? the kirt re-|Vic:im. "Other criminals'with wU P . napinc tendencies win vndouh22" iy hesitate In the f->™ *r lv," vrrdu-t." OI •*" ot "I don't see why anybodv 00 hung for a thing Hke that'" That was McGee's onlv <'udlhv „, h ~ snt ^° anlk ^ «ttlct. uttert^ £ Nearir.g his celffc» indulc^' 5 ° eil " finitv and WUR promntlv "T'pe flown" bv the" charge. The prtj.

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  1. The Emporia Gazette,
  2. 27 Jul 1933, Thu,
  3. Page 8

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