Clipped From The Cincinnati Enquirer

bearsandtrains Member Photo

Clipped by bearsandtrains

 - r, lel suspense. After the lapse of a few...
r, lel suspense. After the lapse of a few momenta the trap was readjusted, and two of the .murclerers of poor old Joe Raber were among ths-sVeed. Altliousju tlie rope slipped to the front of the neck, Drew died without a notable struggle. Stletiler had a bull neck, and there were a number of violent contortions of tils body; After a isrge foree of physicians bail made their usoal ueaiflt on the bodies, and the lattor had been suspended the prescribed time, they were enfdown and placed in coffins, preparatory to tbeir Interment In Indian-town Gap, where Joseph Raber was murdered. Htichler left a confection, In which he de tails all the cwlmes be has committed. H- began Dy stealing chickens, but Brandt an . Wise led him lnt bfher orlmesi At one time ha perjured himself to get Wise clear In a ohicken-stealing scrape, "One day while at BraudVs house." Stichler says, ''Brandt ald he would give, me things so put a man out of the wuy. lie gave me a note on the bank for tlOQ and bail On It."- lie did not mention the name of Kuber that evening. Drews said he would 1161 p me out IT I got into trouble; " litis winter, after' Raber- was drowned, John Trout and Brandt said if this would do good we will insure another man. fittoliler say Brandt also tusked lilm to shoot a man numed Homer, and speaks of having helped to steal cattle, meat, wheat, egt;s, chickens auU mouey. The latter from his father. - He also admits Tiavlng passed counterfeit money. lie Implicate a large nombcrof persons In the various crimes. The Story of tlie Crime. The murder for which Charles Drews and Franklin Stichler were executed to-day win one of the most remarkable In the annals of crime in Pennsylvania, In which State numerous murders hare been expiated on the gallows the'past eight years. The victim of the murderers and Uiose who employed them to commit the crime was an old man named Joseph Raber, who lived in an old hnt in the northeru portion of Lebanon County, a region noted for the ignorance and wickedness of Hs mbabltuuts.' He was a shiftless fellow, who managed to exist by bogging from his more fortunate neighbors. He had for a companion in hie hove! an ttnraiuly woman, in whom few (races of civilisation are noticeable. For vears the ncmioioua practice of insuring old ncot.le fnr the benefit of tlie insurers lias leen in vogue, nnd as agents have encourssed it the ;vil has urojt'D until it culminated in tlie murder of old Joe itabcr. Mho allowed "four persons to insure his life to tlin n mount of S1U.U00. Altheneh rail ulrnnoed in vours and feeble, they did not Invest iu hint because of uu e.xpcctatloirf that he would soon die a natural death, but I before the application was made mid rue premiums iMiiil. titer had concocted his murder. Theoncunizeruf tlie crime was Israel Braudt. a one-armed fellow, who is primarily respon- -able for muuy outrages committed for years in the vicinity of the tragedy, tie Kept a ucn if liilnuil v on tlio mountain alone, at which he dispensed Honors without license and irhnoled the von mi in all kinds of vice, len til the arrest of the piu-Ue implicated in the death of Kaber, few people dared to visit the Coramniilty at nlnht for fcarof bcimt assaulted am mblmd. tmtraires of tills ctaiwacter had been frcouent. and its several ocrsona have mysteriously disappeared in the region, -it la ' feared they were innrdcred by the gang of - mnlnwii. One of the eousurruors to tuke -Baber life, Henry V. Wise, alter insuring his mother, choked her, and sho fearing ' that hs meant to kill her for the -money on hr lit, enamelled liitn to relieve bee wf : the incubus. Itisalsosaid of him iaat he burned li is house and baru Tor the insurance, and participated tn countless other crimes. Tltrt in one of the most traetaile pupils of iironcit, who inspired tlte plot by which the iiqrnilnm and uusmoectiu2 Ituber lost bus life. The one-armed desperado made known his pecalattTe arheaie tojMwn nuisinei, ueo Zcclimau and Henry r . Wise, and they en tered the consniracv without tlie least liesi tntwv. Carte Drews, who was over ai-rty years old, was selected before Abe insurance had iwi'ii etlscled to drown Ksber. Of tlte Hi JMTI. which it was expected would be divided arnencthe conspirators after the old man's iMtk. he was to receive slJtUO for his services. The insurance had scarcely been carried three months before the de;ul body of Itobcr was found tn Indinntown Creek, at a point about out hundred yards distant from the residence nf Brandt und Drews. The oilier proofs were made out soon after 1n the pri-senoe of the conspirators, but the money was never paid owing to u. ainstutrtly uicreuHiue belief that the deceased had been murdered. Vigorous efforts were nvude to get at tire bottom facts, and the Investigation soon resulted in nuu-e startling revelations, showing clearly that Baber had been forcibly drowncd and iKilntltm strouklv to the uuilt of larael Brandt, Joaiah Hututnel, CJenrtte Zeeh- nian, Henry V. Wise, Charles Drews and r rank Stichlcr as the murderers. These men worn nrcordinirl v arrested. A number of tier- wm independent of these six criminals had ntwlmliM of the intetMled murder of Raber, ' and one had been a witness of it, but being "fearful that a disclosure might result in their own deait hs, they kept the tcrriwe secret iw ' a few mouths. Joseph Peters, hoh-in-law ol Chnrlcs Drews, wiio, with Franklin Stleliler, drowned tho old man, was the flr"t to clve- itn-pwrtavut information to tlie Commonwealth. . He was living at- Drews' residence w ith his wlfo at the time and previous .to tlw-commission of the crime. Tie bad 'iiimself bceu asked by his father-in-law to assist iu the drowning of lir.her, and seeing tbc old -man and Drews leaving the house on the HMtmla.v on which Ilnlw was murdered, be lJid tlimiifrli m. window lurjictiAlm kml oi- scrved KticlUer,' who had loiued Drews and' K:iber,throw the latter m the stream. A short time before the drowning, srhlie Peters was chopping wood in the mountain, old -Drews approached him with a propositiou to make a nice pile of monev without steallti!;." i Drewh stated that Brandt had ottered him KuM to put Kaber out of the way, and he had entered inio the bargain. Jtut he preferred U have company, and would lc gliulto have Te-terssxsist htm in the undertaking. Tlte som-iu-law resisted the temptation accerdinjr to his ' tidenuntv wluui tlie old man uurvhuscd temporary tiilence by threatening to shoot htm. Dew hud ireTionsiy a4ed -Elijah Stickier, aged twenty years, to siil iihu in the propositi drown ing, -offering Uim f luO to yole a flat in which It was determined to take Kaber on a dam several miles dbftant preparatory to drowning iiim. It had been oriosel by Brandt and his fellow -eonKiiirutors to take the old man with a small fishing -party, but kui esa'Peiised a fear that ltaber would nut go mUiait. -Tlecimuin replieii that he luui MaJer lit -gMj3 trim now," and he would ee that the iplwm"w successful. Brnntt afterwanl s:iw auirjsh Hilebler and him to accept Uio lroixsitin made by Drews, wbo wut to tbrov the victim in the water and Htichler to .pole 1 he flat over the struirglins: man, and thns prevent iijn fmmomuiuic to tltesitrfaoe before be wasdi-uwued. After tiMststicblei-was to jump Into the dam, as if determined to rescue the -ld man, siipplementlngthe net with a chnngo of iiw wet for dry clothing, for tlte parposeof creating the impression that Kaber iuul keeu accuieut:Uly drowned, fctichler. refused to hecotne a party to the erirae, and Infws also , tiireafcraeii to shoot lilm if be divnlgeti the .murderous secret. Tliii mission was .uiulcr-tuken, and uccoidin to 1 trews' and Klichler's eoiife:oim, young l'eters accompanied lrews and aber. Tlie victim of tho conspirators was not iiturderel that day becaue Drews' courage ooxed out rt liis tinners' ends at the critical liotir. The next plot was to drown the Old autn iu IndisufmY n Cruek, Drews scuurlug tlie services of Iraukliii IstuilUur for !iuu to kill Kaber. This was tlies.-coml time .Sttcliler had tteen nsketi to commit the mnrder ftho 4rrst tluaeby itrandlwhodid not complete the nr(;oUulJiuia.i . n Haturday, Tieeember 7, TCS, Drews Thai a several visits to Raber'a hut and between four and tire o'clock in the aflerutsm he induced him to enter his bouse. ostensibly for the purpose nf giving him some immwo. rMvrnicr was tn tne vicinity, awatt-His an oiHHtrt nmty to dispatch the old man Dietv presently tnade mi urrungtuncut with - Jlr. Kuher to go to the opposite side of the creek to get some ment. which the latter .grsMIy needed. Joseph l'eters was up otaira at Ihu tune, ajid bcurlug the two leave thelioust lie looked out through th wln-- dew and saw litem, and Franklin t"f iehleT Uiovlsg tmvard the footbridge crueising the stream. A hen llalier had reunited the mid rile nf it Stichlcr caught the old man by the shonuler, kirorked the lees from tinder htm .atxl threw him into the water. After Raber bad been Tirowned they returned to Druwa house, Kllchlers clrvtlilug wet through br rea- snof the rilltieulty heexeriened in keeping tif Tlcttm's head under water. The wetclotli-ing w:s removed and Drews lurnislied Itim with a dry suit. In the presence of l'eter Hllohlwr he remarked that If anyone came iuw tue itouse ino wei Clonics etiouiu tie Kept ' frouisight. Later in the day Htiehler relumed r Drews' residence and inquired if the report what Itx tier had been drowned was true, to which Drews replied that he had Been tlte old nuiu fall into the creek. This was tlte slorv concocted by the two men to mislead the peo ple. 4wotii a wees: inter oncnter wase vw- lior st IH-cws', and while there both ox them, in tlte presence of 1'etersand Drews' families, talked boldly of the crime, lotu Temarklng that It required their combined eflor to erimn liubur. frlor to the commission of the . crinte Drews, accordiuir to the tealimnuv at his married duuzhter, iiad told Ills wife that Jm was to get Slj for killing Raber, which' elicited from her the respcuMe that he might be cheated by those who had engaged him. Having been guaranteed all possible protection Joseph Peters made information arainst the mnrderers en February 4, ig7i), and lost April they were ail eonvictod after a trial of seven days. Hte son-in-law and datnrhter were the principal witnesses against Itrewe. aneir lesiimony, as -well as other evidence, fastening the guilt upon Drews and Htichler, lite fonr iersons who conspired to have Ratier - killed, has since been strongly corroborated oy me coniessious or .Drews and Kiichler, lusae to counsel. Following is an abstract o i news' sutement: "Lust summer I called at irandfa. He treated to beer, and we botu felt the effects. He proposed to have Raber iiiBuiTu huh -woraeo oui 01 l us way py me. lie told me bow to -do it, Brandt said there were others with him Hummel, Wise and - Zechman and offered to bring them up to - see me. I saw them, but only knew Wise. I- agreed to kill Kaber, and they Insured him. I said it - was a bard thing to kill Raber. Brandt replied they could make money if it were done. There was . another meeting, at which Zeohman said five were interested in the insurance. Hummel also spoke about It. Wise came to me and " asked whether I was to kill Raber. I told him I wasat csrtain, when he arsed tne to go - rhea.i, and said they would shoot me if I t'-ia't, I promised, Lut aid. not Intend to com mittee orhne.v They oftem nrge4 to aftet In surance bad OTrj encCTcrt.' rtrannv HW'i para said they iiad the place ready, and that it I didn't kill bint they would slioot me. Tofcave mv life I promised. I knew not what to do. Mv life was In danger. A ween or iwo niterwara, Wise Rind I shouldn I do It so faras lie was con- at-ria-d. He saw I didn t like the Job. 1 would not do it, and asked Mark Htichler, who said hedidn't-eaee: ieouki kill wiv oue; iuU Xtux- (eaiiu-d I should go uloim. In approaeh-iiil' the creek. I was first. Ruber sec ond and Ssticliier last. Siichh-r got Raber y the legs and hands when littlf wey trrym the st renin, and threwliira tn and lumped on lop of iiiuu . it was lulenUtHt to jlrowu iuioer in tin-Uaui. Brandt iiad planned that ltaber should go fishing, for .ecluuan"s wife, fetors , Kslsr and i went. At the dam I pitied the old in a a uad told him we would not fish to which lie replied: 'Yes, it is too cold, anyhow.' Braudt also -plantied the seeottd drowning. lie promised ineiiln, andsldtheother would i ve jue tue same, i tola t rauic i wotua ;ive ilni jt) after I was paid. When it was done. they tried to swindle me out nf all and kill me. J f yea hang me, you will hang an inno cent man." In substance. Stichler's confession is as fol lows: ZcetMnait and Vine mot me at my grandmother's und asked me to Accompany Ihum, which I uul. While Wise and J. were silting on the dance-fl'jor at Brandt's, he said that it had been determined to insure Kaber, and that I must pat Tiim oat of the way. I beard Dothiuif further until" the Thursduyof the week lie was to be drowned. I catne back, from liarnsburg and stopped t Drews. Peters. Drews sad Raber Imd come frora Kitz- miller's dam. Drews uked lue whether I would not help. Peters said they had been to Kitr.miller's and intended to drown him, but the Hat was too full of water, and they could not get on the d:uu. Then I left for home. Ou Friday Peters went to Jones' room and procured chloroform or ether, which was to be used on Ralier. Hatunday nturnuig 1 went to Drews' boitko according to arrangements. Drews went for Raber twice and got him over. On the plank across the creek I took hold of Kalers leg and trip tied bim. and he fell into the water. 1 jumped in on him. tukiuic hold of It is hair, and Drews remained on The plank, ptisning tne on the back: end pressing nie down on him, Raber made no uoise or uny kind of exclamation. I held him there probalily five mlnntcs, and then dragKed him a snort dis tance down the creek. I had him with the fuoe down." , After stating that he - bad changed his clothing at Drews' house, Htichler says: "Nothing further was seid until tne death proofs were made out. T. Wise, Brandt and Hummel went out into the shed at Brandts. Then Hummel and Brandt asked mo whether they could not borrow several dollars from me to pay the insurance agent. I said if any of them slum Id- tell any thing abont the matter, they should engage their ouflliis. Nobody promised to pay me except Drews, who told me tliat he had first asked F.lljah Htichler to do it." in addition to those ronfossions, Henry F Wise, one of tho four conspirators, has made an alleged clean breast of his connection with the murder of Raber. He has been vnfolding a tale to the jury wbo a few days ago had Geonre Zee h man on trial the fcocoud time I He, Wise, was convicted with his accomplices, fbttt having given .tlie Commonwealth Im- porWint information relative to .Zechman'e part in the liuiuruuce crime, sentence was deferred in order that he inieht nnnear as wit ness against Zechmnn. According to Wise story, lie is the least fcuilty of all the accused, and z-ciimaii one ol the worst, ue Having re-Iieiitcrtly ttnred tho murder of Rnlirrn Tew dava before the drowning, having sent Wise to Drews to have uie crime uurrieu up. Kx rent ion of M yron A. Itnell. BTtnii mswATcn to m kkut-tskr. CoormtsTOWtr, ?T. T.t "November 14. On the I2th of last September Myron A. Buell twenty-two years of age. To-day be was hangod in f he Jail-yard here forthe tn order of Catharine Mary Richards, at Plalnfleld, In this County of Otsego, June B5, 18TK The crime was peculiar in all its surroundings jrobnbly withmrt a parallel In tlie (Mate's criminal his tory. Rttell witt convicted npon purely err- enmslstrtiu! evidence, and his trtaj excited the greatest Interest throughout the Mate. A brief consideration o-f the crime itself, end the testimony trpon which the boy was this day executed, may not be without Interest Mnlirfleld Center Is lHtle more than a cross roads, with some dozen farm houses aeattered on the various highways within the radius of a mUe. Among those farthest removed from the Center, yet classed as belonging to it, is the residence of WHIiam. C. Richards, a well to-do Welsh fanner, who has been -for some years Hnpervisor, and is generally esteemed and resjiected. In June of 1878 Mr. Richards' family consisted of his wtfe and two daugh ters, the elder of them -Catharine. In the bouse as well were Mt, Hannah Jones, a dress-maker, Daniel E. Bowen, John Pttgh arfd Buell, farm hands. The Interest begins with noon of the 23th of June. Mr. Richards had been nwny for some days. At theninnertable Mrs. Richards an nounced her intention to drive to a neightKrr- lng village after the meal, and Bowen hitched the horse for her, and saw her off. Then Bowen and Bnell went ont to the hop field distant some thirty rods from the lionse and stables. Between the field and tho buildings Is a high .knoll, matin; the one Invisible from the staud-poiut of the other. Bowen swore that at half-past three In the aftemor-n Buell complained that his rubber hoofs hurt his'feet, and started for the barn to change them. He returned in about half an hour. Bowen asked him where ho had been Klong. Bnell replied that Tie had lieon over In the meadow across the road and beyond the house) driving out some horses. Bowen could not see the meadow from the hop-field. While Buell was away changing his boots a neighbor. John X.. TJ:rvls, -came 'through the hop flehlbn his way to the Richards house, to borrow n horse. He passed on some twenty min-j tttes lc fore "Buell returned and resumed hoe-Imr. ' A Host itveo'cioeic tneauisper -aura Mnnaca from the house, and the two men shouldered their lioesand started overthe hill, Ilucll be-in tiiict!. m the brow ef the knoll, loolcine: down, ilowen observed that jt yonug bull. which was ordinarily kept Ui the cow-talle, was loose. Buell snfd : ,;Tes, and the stable sleor is pen." Tbotwo siwi eutereti the open do?r. V-pon tlte .filthy &eer lay-eatiiariae. ltichardt, dead, i ihiu the clieek wus two cuts mid there M-a another upon tho ear. The face was lrvid -from tranguiHton. Around fcer wliRe neck wsisneirrse of red -and -eentuwed skin, as St from the iiroesureuf a rnjieor other lignture. Her clothes were not In tlie slightest dinarrostged. There-were no slsnnof dirt or ma Mure vpos ner open lianas, wiuci lay reg- ulariy uoiac ner. liwen criea : on, myron, wnni nas nap- DenedT Tlte cirl Is dead, "11?? Buell -only answored: Oh, snr sttarst my' stars!" r N ot hrmr -riae was sala antfl after the -men had gained tlie aiaraa mtti carried tho?still warm coriise into me nuiusc, aw iu ine lamen tations of The women. Tlicn Rueli volun teered tkemr9et4n tliat the bull bad trilled CaUtaritK'. litis was generally accepted as the true theory by the neighbors that even- inc It was known that abont the time Bnell left the hop-field, c, 330, Catharine left the women in the itouse to go to the cheese -house. wmcJt adjoins tue xuuir, passed oeuinu ine bnll and ttuhooked the door at the end of the staiile, and then retnrued and -unfastened the stanchion aud let the auvago animal loose. only to meet her death from his fury. The inherent improbability: of this is obvious. Catharine was only fourteen yea cm of see, Lhouxk la cue .and well uVveioptid. one IumI never had any thiug to do w ith feeding or caring for tlte bull, and knew perfectly well that he wss ugly. Besides neitlmr the wouuAbin her 1m uc and usok. nor the Uv condition of iter clothes, suggested the furious onslaught of an ugly beast. During the fol lowing aay tneseeviaenv a iscrepancies m tae '-null IitHrv -oewrrri ut many, sua, as a re sult, on ittcittest was held. Then plenty 01 evidence ejtcttefl oenr- ing strongly upon the case. First of all it was proved that Kueil oouid -Aot have goue to the meadow, distant three -hundred yards, and returned iu time to rejoin Bowen in the hop field as Jie Aid. -Then it was aisoovered that John U. D-jvls, niter lie bod left Uie hop field. met Btieli itenr the stable. The two went iu to look lor a hoe, and lijrrls noticed that the bull was stand) lotted. .Thirdly, Buell was cauzht iu a number of inuonsislcnt stonies. and was piven tlie lie In more than one im- tionant detail, wnen uie inquest wus au- jonrnwi lor lunutr mvuicai -examination, cuouuh evidence bad been accumulated ngnitiKt Buell to warrant his arrest. Hesnb- iiittfMl lvnrlltr. and ftt nn time. iimi nr art t. ward, evinced any emotion, either ox tear or remorse. l hen tlte Coroners tnry was re convened. much fresh cvidettee -as abtaiued. It was deiuoustratml that Buell and the girl had not been 011 rxh1 terms. He luiil made love in his rude, rnst tc war to her, and sue had nnarreled with tiim. At times lie had been racaViv, aud had throat eueil to kill her. Onoe heaflered ner crtmttml vimenee. tie was a nod work mnn.aod Mr. JKiehards anas loth tooHschntwe litm.out Mrs. Ktctiarrts nan not spoken to itim tor monrns. -jnen bow en. who sleet with Buell. developed perhaps the most important evidence yet. He aware that one night, after tney usu reurea, anu jiaa frossipea aixiut various girls, anions LUem Catharine. Buell said that a cousin of bis told him how a Kirl might be forced to yield to a man's desires without lnlurv. "The way Is." continued Buell. "to steal up behind her and throw a Ft ran around her neck. Then, if she refuses. yea can tighten the strap until she 4s glad to submit. My cousin nas tried it ueoeasfaliy lots 01 times." 1 111s scueme. 11 appears, made an Impression opon Buell'smlnd. The prosecution made its execution the basis ot their ease. There area thousand minor phases of the case, all interesting, which might nil this en tire KnariKEa were it essential. No case was ever explored more minutely. Detail was plied upon Incident, until no one pretended to more than keep track of the outlines of the ease. The trial, for Buell was promptly Indicted and remanded to Jail In June, began before J ouge Murray at cooperstown. February 17th lion. 8. 8. Morgan, his son, E. A. and James Dynes defended the prisoner. The prosecution was tn tlte hands of District Attorney Benedict and Hon. L. I. Bundy. Of course the little Court-room was crowded, and ptcIia. ment ran high. The general feeling was that Buell was guilty. Indeed, so strong was this euiaunui a iiti uuei n tua only ine calm counsel of Supervisor Richards prevented the Welsh neighbors from forcibly avenarina his daughter 'a murder before Buell came hure to jail. only one really new thing was developed In tne trial. -iii aoctors swore mat i.!auiarlne bad beea outraged as well as murderad. This was a staggering blow, and drove the defense to s 4-fng

Clipped from
  1. The Cincinnati Enquirer,
  2. 15 Nov 1879, Sat,
  3. Page 2

bearsandtrains Member Photo

Want to comment on this Clipping? Sign up for a free account, or sign in