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of example of report results of order is ultimate of or he the by If not M'GEE RECEIVES DEATH PENALTY FOR KIDNAPING (Continued from Page One) air unsuccessful refueling of attempt against his brother was returned this morning, Judge Southern postponed the trial two weeks at the request of defense counsel. The state already has announced it will demand the death penalty. Meanwhile, Kansas City, Kas., police were searching for the body of Mrs. Mary Weakley, a widow, whom they described as the fiancee of Clarence Stevens, sought as one of the McElroy kidnapers. They believe Mrs. Weakley committed suicide last night by jumping into the Ka.w river. Two notes indicating she intended to commit suicide were found by detectives today at Mrs. Weakley's home after her hat and a pocketbook were found on a bridge over the river. Forced Way Into Home Brandishing weapons, two kidnapers, alleged by the state to have been McGee and Clarence Stevens, forced their way into the McElroy home May 27 as Miss McElroy was taking a bath. "Come out of there or I'll shoot through the door," one of the rnen commanded. "Get a dress on, you're going with us,'' he said as the young woman opened the door. Remaining calm, Miss McElroy asked what the men proposed to do. "We're going to kidnap you," said the leader, identified by Miss McElroy as McGee. "We are going to make your father pay $60,000 for you." Laprobe Over Head Dressed, Miss McElroy was hurried to a motor car outside. She was forced to sit on .the floor, a laprobe over her head. The kidnapers took her to a cottage near Shawnee, Kas., and chained her to the wall of a squalid basement room which she shared with some chickens. Then negotiations were opened with her father. At his request, nothing was carried in the newspapers until he had arranged for her safe release 30 hours later. Informed McElroy could not pay more, the kidnapers accepted $30,000 ransom. McElroy personally turned over the money to the abductors along a lonely Wyandotte county, Kansas, road. Arrested in Amarillo Immediately after Miss McElroy .ppeared, unharmed but, in an extreme nervous state, at the. Milburn Golf and Country club, an intensive police search got under way. A tip brought McGee under suspicion. Interception of a telegram at Leavenworth, Kas., which dealt with plans to trade a motor car, resulted in McGee's arrest at Amarillo, Tex., June 1. ' The same clay Clarence Click was arrested in Kansas.'City, Kas., and McGee's brother, George, later was arrested at Roanoke, Va. Both face trial on kidnaping charges. More than half the ransom was recovered from the three men arrested. At the trial, Miss McElroy disclosed that just prior to her release the kidnapers demanded that she disrobe, saying they wished to make certain she was not carrying away any evidence which might serve police in identifying them. When she insisted she "would rather die than do that," the demand was not pressed. Federal Attorney Assists Acting in an advisory capacity, Joseph B. Keenan, special assistant United States attorney general, aided in the prosecution. Federal indictments were returned against the McGee brothers and Click because Miss McElroy was taken from Missouri to Kansas by the kidnapers. In the closing arguments, John V. Hill for the state, branded McGee as a. type of criminal which should be put away from society. "Think of taking this girl from her home to a veritable dungeon and holding her 30 hours," he said, "chained like an animal to the wall and in the meantime demanding $60,000 for her release." Ha Shows No Emotion McGee showed no emotion whatever when he heard the foreman of the jury announce the accused kidnaper had been condemned to die on the gallows. No members of Miss McElroy's family was in court when the verdict was read, The prospective jurors who will decide the fate of McGee's brother were rushed into a corridor while the jury's verdict was read. Informed at her home that the death penalty had been assessed against McGee, Miss McElroy said: "I hope this will help prevent further kidna pings." "Justice Done," Father Says "Justice has been done," exclaimed H. F. McElroy, when told a jury had recommended death as the punishment of Walter McGee in the kidnaping of McElroy's daughter. "Other criminals with kidnapin tendencies," said the city manager, "will undoubtedly hesitate in the face of this verdict." "He got what he deserved," said Eugene C. Reppert, director of police, who personally took a part in running down the kidnap gancr. "This will eliminate kidnaping in Kansas City." Ralph T. Harding, defense attorney, requested Judge Allen C Southern to ask the jurors if anyone had approached them during their deliberations. The juror? replied that nn one had. during 12 the and a at the !,.. j

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  1. Miami Daily News-Record,
  2. 27 Jul 1933, Thu,
  3. Page 2

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