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*McGee Convicted as Leader of Gang That Kidnaped and Is Given Death Penalty receiving encouragement Roosevelt, to make prosperity. Confessed Abductor Must Pay With Life For Seizing Mary McElroy and Holding Her Until $30,000 Ransom Paid--First Death Penalty in Nation's Crusade Against Kidnapings. KANSAS CITY, July 27 --AP)-- Walter McHee, fessed leader of the gang that kidnaped Miss Mary McElroy, daughter of City Manager H. F. McElroy, and collected ransom, was assessed the death penalty today by a criminal court jury. Formal sentence will be passed later by Judge Allen Southern. , The case was the first in which the* l£)n of telegraph at Leaven- extreme penalty has been assessed in y -the nation's crusade against kidnap- or six- a* conference end a ers. It is one of the few In history to bring the death sentence where the victim of the kidnaping was unharmed. The Jury deliberated three and three-quarters hours last night and lor ] reached the verdict soon after resum- · ing deliberations this morning. The Jury interrupted the trial of McGee's brother George, facing the same charge, to render its verdict. The former Oregon convict retained his composure as he heard the Jury announce he had been condemned to the gallows. No members of the McElroy family and battles bud- the MacDonald are discouraged, tune there ol not world of resolution as a Prime MacDonald final Secretary to the a climax most of until S 1.) were in the court room. Brandishing weapons, two kidnapers alleged by the state to have been Walter McGee and Stevens. worth, Kans , which dealth with to trade a motor car, resulted in Gee's arrest at Amarillo, Tex., June first. The same day Clarence Click was arrested in Kansas City, Kans., and Me Gees brother, George, later was arrested at Roanoke, Va. 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 lice in Identifying them. When she ly rather die than do mand was not pressed. Acting in an advisory Joseph B. Keenan special assistant the latter a fugitive, forced theirway United ·«««* · into the McElroy home May 27 as Miss Etroy was taking a bath. "Come out of there or 111 shoot through the door," one of the men commanded. "Get "a dress on. you're going with us," he aaid 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 Walter McGee. "We ar* going to make your father pay 360,000 for you." Dressed, Miss Me EIRoy was hurried to a motor car outride. She was forced to sit on the floor, a lap robe over her head. The kidnapers took her to a cottage near Swanee, Kansa* and chained her to the wall of a squalid basement room which she shared with come chickens. Then negotiations were opened with her father, H. F. Me Eroy. At hi* request, nothing wa» carried In the newspapers until he had arranged for her 8 afe release thirty hours later. Informed Me Elroy could not pay more, the kidnapers aceeptd $30.000 ransom. The city manager personally turned over the money to the abductor* along a lonely Wyandotte county, Kansas road. Immeriately after Miss Elroy appeared, unharmed but In an extremely nervous state at the Mllburn Oolf and Country club, an intensive police search got under way. A tip brought Me Gee. under suspicToh. in- _ the prosecution, aients were 'returned against the Me Gee brothers ana Click because Miss Me Elroy was taken from Missouri Kansas by the kidnapers. In. the closing arguments, John V. Hill, assistant prosecutor, branded Me Gee as a type of criminal which should be put away from society "Think of taking this girl from her home to a veritable dungeon holding her hours.' he said "chained like an animal to the wall and in the meantime demanding S60.000 lor her jelease." capacity, Postal Company Increases Wages NEW TORK. July 27.--'/!")--A wage and salary Increase of 6 per cent , _ __ .*._ j *._ 1 1 rr/in «Y»^r*lr« oc rvf" I .*.· been granted to 11,000 employes of the Postal Telegraph and Cable Corporation, it was announced today. The advance which became effective cutives. Beginning in August. 1930. the company reduced wages 20 to 30 cent, depending upon location The company la maintaining a five day week in Its small offices throughout] effect In the large centers and off flcea. Code 27.--*) Press Roosevelt pro- code plant. the country but a longer week is rflu _**_** 4*4 *ia 1aT*n« r*f»nt-fre ftTlH nff- ' f - _ i Lady Aster's Daughter

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  1. The Bee,
  2. 27 Jul 1933, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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