Robert Harry ison, murder of Jim Draper
TWO Man Is Held In Arizona In Va. Slaying Tells Police There How Telegraph Operator Was Killed In 1930 GATE CITV, Vfi.. May 9.—W 1 )— Confronted with dispatches from Holbrook, Aril., saying that Robert Harry Ison had told police there how Telegraph Operator Jim V. Draper was clubbed to death at the Duf- fleld, Va., station, on March 28, 1930, Sheriff O. B. Darnell today admitted that he had been searching for the mysterious "friend" who Ison isquoi- ed as saying was with him at th« time of the crime. Ison was turned over to J. M. Moreland, ol Bristol, captain of detectives of the Southern railway, st Holbrook yesterday. At the ssme time Sheriff O. C. Williams of Nsvajo county, Arizona, said he had a signed statement from Ison, which "named the slayer" of Draper. The sheriff here today expressed surprise that Capt. Moreland knew anything about the case, and said that he had been awaiting receipt of requisition papers before going to Arizona after Ison himself. He explained that he had hoped to keep the case secret until the party "incriminated by Ison" was captured. . He said that he made a trip to West Virginia yesterday in search of the suspect, but declined to reveaJ the identity of the man sought. At Holbrook, the Arizona shariff said: "Ison said he met a friend from Baileyville, W. Va., at Louisville, Ky.. and they started out to obtain some narcotic*. When a train they were on stopped at Duffield, Ison said his friend went to the depot to get a drink of wat«r. He crime back and said it was a good place to get some easy money as Draper was alone. Both went to the window, Ison said. "Ison added he knew Draper all his life and could not go in. so his companion entered and clubbed the operator to death, robbing the cash drawer of t- 11.22, & S3 check and taking a watch off the victim."