1896-02-21 - Lee Shelton

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1896-02-21 - Lee Shelton - them- HANGING SHOULD BE ABOLISHED. Interviews...
them- HANGING SHOULD BE ABOLISHED. Interviews With Men Who Have - Studied the- the- Subject. THEY ARE ALL MURDERERS. Thirty-Six Thirty-Six Thirty-Six Man-Xillers Man-Xillers Man-Xillers ' im the Four Cturts Jail Unanimously Op- Op- post Capital Punishment. There are thirty-six thirty-six thirty-six murderers In the St. Louis jalL Some of them have been condemned to die. Others have been sentenced to the penitentiary. penitentiary. Many are awaiting frail. Without exception all hold ,that capital punishment should be abolished. Without having ever heard of Victor Hugo or "The Last Hours of a Con demned Man," they accept without question tne arguments or tne great numauimnan against legal executions. They do not think much of the Biblical edict "an eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth." v .'. One man at first expressed tne Deuei that if pl man commits cold-blooded cold-blooded cold-blooded mur der he should pay the. death penalty. He afterward requested that tms De cnaiigeu to an unqualified disapproval of capital punishment. Almost all had some com ment on the horrible affair . 01 'X nursuay morning. Noble Shenard is nearer the callows than any other murderer in the St. Louis jail. By his own confession he murdered Thomas j Morton and Lizzie Leahy on a fiat boat j below Carondelet. " The testimony at his trial showed his crime most brutal. The murder was committed with an ax. Shepard has been convicted, and the su preme Court alone remains between him and the scaffold. Here is what Shepara has to say of capital punishment: "I do not believe in killing: any man. Capital punishment should be done away with all over the world. They send men to the Denitentiarv for two years for as sault on a 6-year-old 6-year-old 6-year-old 6-year-old 6-year-old child and hang a man for saving his own lire. Ten years in the penitentiary would be worse punishment than any. If they hung men for criminal assault on young; .girls, I'd tally with them. 'That thing or yesterday was wqrse than a lynching. John Rapn is the dog-catcher dog-catcher dog-catcher who a few months ao shot and killed a little boy on Twenty-first Twenty-first Twenty-first street, near Morgan. He is charged with muraer in tne nrst aepree, but has not yet been tried. When Rapp was a.skl what he thousrht about caoital punishment, Rapp at first said: If a man deserves to De nangea ne snouia be hung." Afterward ne asaea inai mis De cnangea. and said : "T believe that if a man serves twenty years in the penitentiary, it is as much punishment as he deserves. The peniten-r peniten-r peniten-r tiary for twenty years amounts to life imprisonment." imprisonment." Unaries juosar is cnargeu wun wiie mur der. His conviction will carry with it the death penalty. 1 think that arxer yesieraay a doicb, capital capital punishment should be abolished,' said Mosar. "It was terrible from all accounts. I think capital punishment Is practically leeral murder. 1 think life imprisonment should' be substituted." James Higrgins forgets the name or tne man he killed. He is charged with murder in the first degree and is awaiting trial. "I do not think capital punishment is right, the way it went yesterday," said Higgins. "I believe a penitentiary sentence sentence the proper punishment." Henry Klock, who is awaiting trial for murder in the first degree, refers to his crime as "the trouble I got into with a woman." The woman he killed was Lizzie Wichman. "I believe capital punishment is wrong," said Klock, "and that it shouldn't be practiced." practiced." E. L. Palton. is a prisoner from Reynolds County, having killed a man named Russell. Russell. He is charged with murder in the first degree, and has not yet been tried- tried- "I do not believe that the Bible meant to rut vengeance into the hands of men when it said 'an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, " said Dalton. "I- "I- have always always believed that God would see to it that retribution would come. I do not believe believe that capital punishment should exist. I believe that a man convicted of murder should be put et hard labor." - Alexander Royal killed Jessie Sims by knifing her to death. Both were colored. Royal has a very ingenious argument against capital punishment and circumstantial circumstantial evidence. "Take the case of a man who kills in self-defense, self-defense, self-defense, where there are no witnesses," said Royal. "He ought not to hang, but he cannot prove self-defense, self-defense, self-defense, and circumstantial circumstantial evidence comes in and convicts him. The doubt in the minds of the jury isn't strong enough to acquit him, but I think it is strong enough to make It wrong to hang him." George Thompson-is Thompson-is Thompson-is a negro who was originally originally sentenced to hang on July 18, and now has a motion for a new trial pending. He refused to discuss the matter. The same was true , of Lee Shelton, the negro murderer murderer who was taken from the jail last Sunday Sunday to "see his dying mother." George Crawford, another colored man, is charged with murder in the first degree for killing Henry Porter on Nov. 26 last. "I think capital punishment should be done awav with." said Crawford. Robert "Wright. colored, charged with murder in the first degree, said that he didn't know anything about it and that it was a matter for the lawmakers to decide. Reed Gentry, accused of murder in the first degree for killing James Freeman, said: "I don't think it's right to hang a man. Capital punishment ought to be abolished." Tt-iiiiom Tt-iiiiom Tt-iiiiom Thomas Duvall. charged with murder in the first degree for killing Mike O'Donnell on Sept. 5, said: "I think capital capital punishment the most barbarous practice practice ever put on civilization. I could not convict convict a man if I were on a Jury of a crime nrnuld send him to the gallows." George Reed killed his wife last July. He declined to aiscuss tne matter. RnViert J. Thomas, accused of murder in fhe second degree, said: "I have nothing to say. My mother taugnt me that a still nT.e-iie nT.e-iie nT.e-iie makes a wise head." John Carter, colored, charged with murder in the nrst aegree tor Kimng Aoe Bowers, said: "Life imprisonment is enough. The law has no right to kill a man. Yesterday's botch was pretty tough, pretty brutal." Mat Morris, second degree, for the. murder of Thomas Berg, Aug. 15, 1895, said: "I think it better to abolish capital punishment. punishment. In States where there is no capital punishment there is less crime." Thomas McMahon, second degree for killing killing Frank Kines last January: I think hanging should be done away with after yesterday's butchery. George Dillard, colored, sentenced to fifty years for the murder of George Taylor: I think I'd rather hang than be locked up all my life. I believe capital punishment should be abolished because this is worse. And capital punishment is butchery. Said Charles Butier, colored, sentenced to ten years for murder in the second degree: "I think they ought only to hang a man for criminal assault." John Harvey, sentenced to ten years for the murder of Henry Lyons, said: "Hanging ought to be abolished for life imprison-ment." imprison-ment." imprison-ment." Other murderers charged with murder in the second degree were seen. Their views coincide with those Quoted. V " be to & to of Mu-' in

Clipped from St. Louis Post-Dispatch21 Feb 1896, FriPage 7

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri)21 Feb 1896, FriPage 7
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