Albert Beckmann and the chicken thieves, Edwardsvilled Intelligencer 12 April 1935
po- the approaching and The IHEFI OF GETS a Is Roy Politte Held by Jury for Loss of Two Fowls; His Companion Was Shot. Roy Politic, Nameokl, must serve an Indeterminate term in the Illinois Penitentiary for the theft of two chickens from the henhouse of Beckman, near Nameokl, according to the verdict of a jury returned the circuit court late yesterday afternoon. The Jury found Politte guilty of a second offense of stealing chickens which provides for a prison He was previously convicted here. Politte was captured about 3 o'clock In the morning of July 3, when a short distance from the roost. His alleged companion in crime, James Null, was fatally shot at the same time by Albert a son of the owner. The chickens were found in a sack near the ot the shooting and capture. Members of the Beckman family were awakened by a snorting mule which had become frightened while the men walked around the place. Evidence was offered that Albert Beckman stood in the shadow of barn and watched the thieves for two or three minutes before order- Ing them to throw up their hands. Instead they ran in opposite directions and Null was fired upon In hope of stopping him.