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Saved From Death on the Inserted relieve Indication Walter McGee, convicted kidnaper kidnaper of Miss Mary McElroy of Kansas Kansas City and sentenced to hang as the first death penalty given under the Lindbergh Act, *vas given a commutation of his sentence Monday Monday by Gov. Park, of Missouri. He had been Importuned to save McGee McGee from death by Miss McElroy. By code years, Supreme to invalid to hours only downtown such MISSOURI GOVERNOR COMMUTES SENTENCE CONVICTEDJIDNAPER WALTER M'GE? HAD BEEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KIDNAPING YOUNG WOMAN directors other and and contributions. tho the contributions discussed, by appropriate for every co- JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., May 27.—(/P)—Governor Guy B. Park today heeded the plea of Miss Mary McElrby and commuted tho death sentence of Walter McGee, her kidnaper, to life in prison. McGee was the first person" In the United States to be sentenced to the extreme penalty for kidnap- ing. Confined to tho executive mansion mansion by illness, the Missouri governor governor made his announcement while the country was stirred, by another abduction—that of 9-ycar- old George Weyerhaeuser of Tacoma, Tacoma, Wash., whose parents were warned he would be killed unless $200,000 ransom is paid. Miss McElroy, daughter of City Manager H. F. McElroy of Kansas Kansas City, was kidnaped from her home two years ago today and held for 29 hours in a Kansas basement. Her kidnapers originally asked $80,000 for her release but accepted accepted $30,000. McGee, identified as the leader of the gang, was sentenced' to death three months after the kid- naping and his brother, George, was given life in prison. Another member of the gang, Clarence Click, is serving eight years and a fourth, Clarence Stevens, Is still sought. Although her captors chained her to a basement wall Miss McElroy McElroy announced Immediately after after 'her release that they had treated her well and that she bore them no ill-will. She recently appealed to Governor Governor Park to commute McGce's sentence, saying she believed the demands of the law had been served and that she also made the plea for her own "peace of mind." The thought of sending McGee to his death had been a "nightmare" she said and if he were hanged ESTATE ?he hority named commission It >rought ate of a short •emoved member The :hat commission ' ousted "ect or office. The .ion, alms stration of the out nel of The ng Lhe the dismiss They President Myers, postmaster, Sec M'GEjg, Page 7 tirms rural its tho Inform Speed

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  1. Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light,
  2. 28 May 1935, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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