Kingsport Times-News, 10JUL 1955, p. 24, c. 2
out contracts new 37-ye'ar-old"jobless'man, who said! he could no longer contain his conscience, has given Hamilton County police detailed implicating himself and others in two unsolved murders, county lice reported today. Stale Tax Walter Lanthripp. a rooming, Implicates Self, Others In 2 Murders CHATTANOOGA, July 9 Wl -- house resident who identified self as a cook, stamping press operator and machine operator I of ' ' ' night tentative Re-]ma d e""t'he"confessTons"'last dis-| aner camn g lhc sheriff's office new from nearby Daisy, his hometown. Officers said the statements Implicated Implicated Lanthripp and others in ofjxrusley, Daii figure, in the ambush slaying of George N ;y mountain liquor 1948 and the murder confessions. "I've just carried it around until I couldn't carry even if they send me to the penitentiary." penitentiary." Lanthripp said he drove getaway car in the fatal wounding b e ! w i t h 12 i v e [body, I in his second confession, | thripp said Smith, who he de- that nev of John Smith Jr., whose body was .,,found in Chlckamauga Lake j on me any-. year. "I don't want It more," the bearded officers when asked Lanthripp told why he made any more. I'm going to settle I the Trusley, who was shot Nov. He died a short time l a t buckshot pellets in a s ' h a r m e d anybody," was serv-!death during a' drinking spree 0110 car on Nov. 30, 1954. He Iclcnll- t y | f i e d the slayer as 26. also of jDnisy, and said f, - 8 o f i n for B" 5 wllh the slaln "inn's I o d ' ] ' ln s on the floor between years the f r o n t nnd r c n r scnls ' Johnson was arrested today by Chief Deputy Herbert E. Grand J. Laub. a u b signed a w a r r a n t N a v y . Johnson with murder. ordered held without bail, hearing Tuesday. L rl PP /?, i , d11 . R " yi l' on ! in ^ c1 !; I then 27, and William L. "Bolls er, then 33, both of helped Johnson throw Smith's into Chlckanmuga Lake a f l e r ingly driving into n service s l now dead were his accomplices the Trusley slaying. Lanthripp said he, William Parker and Raymond Bell were hired for the killing of Trusley by Theodore "Pap"' Parker, reputed head of a Daisy mountain moonshine moonshine liquor faction which feuded some years ago with a group headed by Trusley. "I got $100 for driving the car." Lanthripp said. "Raymond lold he got $500 for shooting Trusley."