Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV)

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - Thursday/February 1. MURDERS WILL BE Mysterous...
Thursday/February 1. MURDERS WILL BE Mysterous Disapperances at Booger Hole Have Stirred the Good County of Clay to Action. at ' D ij Clay, W. Va., Jan. Sl.—'Preparations arc being made here for the convening convening of a special grand jury tomorrow whijiJi was impanelled last 'Monday, lor the purpose of investigating tiie murder of Preston Tanner, whose charred body was I'ouud in the ruins ot his home at Boogor Mole, near here, about ten days ngo#aud intiuirirtg into the mystery, if possible, surrounding the deaths of nearly a do.^en persons in the same locality. Prosecuting Attorney Attorney O.Mar Hail .said that he anticipates anticipates an early report and that arrangements arrangements have been made for an early trial if indictments are returned. The men, lidrew Sampson, aged lift.y-sevcn, and his son, Howard, aged twenty-one, are being held in jails in neighboring counties in connection with the death of Tanner, while a third, l-'red Moore, was, acquitted last week of any complicity in the crime. A.* a result of the attempt of a mob i<f lynch Sampson and his son while they were being held in the Clay country country jail, however, great secrecy surrounded surrounded the Mooro hearing. Every precaution Is lieing taken to protect tlie two prisoners from violence .when they are finally, brought uack nere for trial. -. Tlie first Uiysterious murder In'thfe vicinity of Booger Hole occurred about twenty years ago when Henry itargis suddenly disappeared. He was known to have had money at the tiiue and the authorities worked on the theory that he was slalii.' then robbed and his body either burned or buried in the fastne-ses of.the hills. Later ,losei)h Clark, a watchmaker, istopped one night to sleep in. the Booger Hole school house.' He was never seen after after tivat, but a trail of blood led the officers lo a creek nearby, where it stopped. « Tliree years aftoi'wird, Mrs. f^acy Anne Hoggs, aged eighty-llVe, was sit- liiig in lier home one evening (luietly r.niolang a pipe when a shot from a gun Ilred through a window struck er in tiie buck, killing iior instantly. .•According to tlio' authorities, -Mrs. i''0'Ag': had i-ciuarkcd siiortly licl'ore that slio could liglit her pipe and i)e- toro the tobacco • burned out. could sliow the lioues of"Ben" llargia. A iiunii)er of arrests were mane in connection connection with the aged woman's niur'- der and'also tiiat of Hargis, but when Ihe case Hnally came up for trial, no evidence snflicient to convict was introduced. introduced. Another \ictim of the mysterious mysterious wave of crime was John Xew- umn. a peddler, who disappeared one night while walking from one farm hou :e to another. He. too, was said to.have carried a considerable sum of money at tlie time, hut not a clue was found, to reveal the identit}'" of his ussailaiil. Seven years after the disappciirance o! Xowman, Thuiinan Duftield was .slir.t and- fatally wounded by Mrs. Harvey Sampson. Scott Duffleld, a brother, led a posse to the Samnson li'ino to arrest the woman and in a liattle which followed her hand "was shot off. Scott Duftield -was also wounded. When brought to trial, Mrs. Sa?np.=,on testified that ."jhe thought DuV'tielrt intended to attack her honfe so she fired. Slie Avas acquitted. Many other shootings have occurred In the vicinity of Booger Htli. within the last few years. Including the kill- Inu; of Thomas Murphy, a well-to-do far/ner. No person, however, has ever uald the penally for any of those. After the mob which suri/imndod the jaifat Clav with the lutenliori of lynching the Sampsons'had dispersed, an armload of black masks discarded hy member'5. of the vigilance committee committee was gathered up. Every mask was made from a \voman's stocking fCach wa« tied withria hard kntft Avlth holes in front for the eyes. <

Clipped from Bluefield Daily Telegraph01 Feb 1917, ThuPage 4

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Bluefield, West Virginia)01 Feb 1917, ThuPage 4
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