Clipped From The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune
the Wheat of ad- of Ex- Will Not Hang the WALTER McGEE death sentence was muted to life imprisonment today today by Governor Guy B. Park. DEATH SENTENCE , OF WALTER M'GEE COMMUTED TODAY Gov. Guy B. 3Park Saved the Kansas Kansas Cily Kidnaper From the Gallows. SENTENCED TO HANG FRIDAY) i Two Years Ago Today He and Gang Kidnaped Miss Mary McElroy. 69 7 votes the program, pro- 0,0, KESTER DIES AT LK ANGELES Former Resident of Livingston Co. Passed Away Sunday Morning; Funeral Tuesday. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., May 27 -- (UP)--The tearful plea of Miss Mary McElroy that Walter McGee, her abductor, be saved from the gallows, was answered today when Gov. Guy P. Park commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment. McGee was the first man to receive the death penalty for kidnap- ing in the United States. I Gov Park's action commuting his | sentence to life imprisonment, two years to the day after Miss Elrcy, socially prominent daughter of Henry F. McElroy, city manager voted on read of a Miss Ada Kester of 412 Calhoun street received a message Sunday announcing the death of her uncle, Oliver D. Kester, which occurred at his home in Los Angeles Sunday morning at four o'clock. Tuesday j j morning Mr. Kester suffered n j It was about 11 o'clock on the morning of May 27, 1933, when m the fashionable Country Club ot xienry r. ivicj^iroy, uioy maua-gei of Kansas City, was abducted. Gee and his gan snatched Miss McElroy from her bath at her vote will Indicate to j morning Mr. Kester suffered u| been denied oy the state supreme I hemorrhage which caused his death I ^ waÂ£ . to haye beÂ£n nanged a t in me ta^iijiuiiituie wuuituij v^*i*Â« Â» mstnct m Kansas City. She was held prisoner in the basement of 3hack across the Kansas state line until she was ransomed. McGee, whose last appeal had six days later. Funeral services will be held in Los Angeles Tuesday. Burial will also be made there. was to have been hanged Kansas City on May 31.