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a it KIOiPER 000 CES DEIlTHjyOOSE Governor Commutes Sentence Of Walter McGee HEEDS VICTIM'S PLEA Dark - Eyed Mary McElroy Succeeds In Saving Lif« Of Her Abductor Jefferson City, Mo., May 27. {IP)— Dark-eyed Mary McElroy, who resigned herself to death when kid- ncped for $30,000 exactly two years ago, succeeded today in saving her abductor, Walter McGee, from execution on the gallows. Gov. Guy B. Park, heeding the tearful plea of the attractive young woman, commuted McGee's sc^^ence to life imprisonment—only four days before the stocky kidnaper was set to become the flrst person in the United States to' hang for the of- fanse. Thus, as a new kidnaping mystery deepened on the Pacific coast, was brought to an end here one ot the strangest cases of the kind the nation has seen. "This Is a big load off my mind," the 27-year-old victim who had no desire for revenge sighed when told of the commutation at the home of her father, Chy Manager H. F. McElroy, in Kansas City. "Now maybe I can enjoy a good night's sleep." McGee first was sentenced to hang May 10. Governor Park granted a stay to May 31 after Miss McElroy visited the governor and pleaded for McGee's life "for my pwn peace of mind." The heavy-browed McGee, who led three companions in kidnaping Miss McElroy May 27, 1933 and holding her chained to a dungeon-like basement wall for 29 hours, was slouched in his death cell at Kansas Citl ywhen the news was carried to him today. "The governor couldn't have given me a better birthday present," he shouted. McGee will be 30 years old tomor- ,row. Relating her experiences after the kidnaping, the comely victim said that "at no timo did I expect to be rfcturned alive. It appeared the best thing to hope for was quick death." But today, happy over the commutation, she said she planned to continue helping the kidnapers,

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  1. Bluefield Daily Telegraph,
  2. 28 May 1935, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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