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 - M'GEE TO DIE F0RKIDNAPIN6 MARY M'ELROY Kansas...
M'GEE TO DIE F0RKIDNAPIN6 MARY M'ELROY Kansas City Jury Brings Maximum Penalty after About Four Hours FIRST IN CRUSADE Verdict One of Few in History Where Victim Is Freed Unharmed fBy the Associated Press.) Kansas City, July 27.—Walter McGee, confessed leader of the gang that kidnaped Miss Mary McElroy, daughter of City Manager H. F. McElroy, and collected $30,000 ransomr| wa.s assessed the death penalty today by a criminal court jury. Formal sentence will be passed later by Judge Allen C. Southern. The case was the first in which the extreme penalty has been assessed in the nation's crusade against kidnapers, and is one of the few hi history to bring the death sentence ^-here the victim of the kidnaping was unharmed. The jury deliberated three and three-quarter hours last night and reached a verdict soon after resuming deliberations this morning. The jury interrupted the trial of McGee's brother George, facing the ssLme charge, to render Its verdict. McGee showed no emotion when he heard the foreman of the jury armounce the accused kidnaper had been condemned to die on the gallows. McElrpy Family Absent. No member of^ Miss McElroy's family was in court when the verdict was read. The prospective jurors w-ho will decide the fate of McGee's brother were rushed intb a corridor while the jury's verdict was read. Brandishnig weapons, two kid- ndpers. alleged by the state to have been McGee and Clarence Stevens, fw-ced 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 men commanded. 'Get a dress on. you're going with us." he said as the yoUng woman opened the woor. Remaining calm. Miss McElroy asked wliat 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." Dressed, Miss McElrpy was hurried to a motor car outside. She was forced to sit on the floor, a lap robe 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. Pays $30,0<M). The ransom negotiations were opened with her father. At his request; nothing was carried in the newspapers until he had arranged for heV safe release 30; hoiu-s later. Informed McElroy could not pay more, the kidnapers accepted $30,000. McEh-oy personally turned over the money to the abductors along a lonely Wyandotte county. Kansas, road. Immediately after Miss McElroy if to sat appeared unharmed but in an extremely nervous state I at the Milbum Golf and Country: club, an intensive police search got under way. A tip brought McGee tmder suspicion. Interception of a telegram at Leavenworth, Kas., which dealt with plans to trade a motor car, re-, suited in McGee's arrest at Amarillo. Tex.. Jime 1. The same day Clarence Click was arrested in Kansas City, Kas.. and McGee's brother, George, later was arrested at Roanoke. Va. Both face trial on kidnaping chatiges. More than half the ransom was recovered from the three men arrested. At the trial. Miss McEh^y disclosed that just prior to her release the kidnapers demanded that she disrobe, saying they wikhed to make certain she was not canying away any evidence which might serve police in identifying them. Would Rather Die. When she insisted ; she "would rather die than do that," the demand was not pressed. Actmg in an advisory capacity, Joseph. B. Keenan, special assistant United States attorney general aided in the prosecution. Federal in-, dlctments 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 cri.minal which should be put away from society. "Think of taking this girl from her home to a •yeritable difiigeon and holding her 30 hours." he said, "chained like an animal to the wall and in the meantime I demanding $60,000 for her release.", Informed at her home; that the death penalty had been assessed against McGee, MisS McElroy said: "I hope this will help.,'prevent further kldnapings." .' of in two at will be college had social and who with who are they for exacting training who that ake Allen any required.! carefully of will [ji next a 8 a , '

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  1. Iola Daily Register And Evening News,
  2. 27 Jul 1933, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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