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TRAM FOLLOWS MELDRUM MURDER Ruby Hickman, Insane, Kills Her Brother, Who Murdered Meldrum. a j | \ As a sequel to the sensational Ritchie county Meldrum murder case which held the attention of this entire section of the country for a couple of months about a year and a h- If ago, Ruby Hickman, a young woman, and a daughter daughter of Ed. Hickman, of Toll Gate, Ritchie Ritchie county, in a fit of insanity a few days ago, shot and killed her brother, Ralph, the murderer of Meldrum. She has been sent to an insane asylum. This tragedy seems to be the outgrowth outgrowth of the first one which occurred in the latter part of October, 1908. The body of Frank Meldrum, a prominent oil man, originally from Pennsylvania with a living wife and children residing near Toll Gate, was found one morning at the foot of a high cliff in the rear ol the home of Ruby Ilickman. From al appearances Meldrum had been deac several hours. An investigation of the affair led to the arrest of Ralph Hickman, Hickman, brother of Ruby Hickman, and he was charged with Meldrum's murder. In March, 1909, he was trial in the Ritchie Ritchie county circuit court at Ilarrisville, and after a trial in which sensation followed followed sensation, he was acquitted. The unwritten law figured considerably considerably in the case. The testimony was U> the effect that Young Hickman had caught Meldrum in his sister's sleeping room late tho night previous to the find' ing of the body, and had attacked him, and striking him with a heavy club, had chased him over the high cliff at the bottom of which the mutilated body was found. It was alleged in the trial that Meldrum, notwithstanding tho fact that he was a married man with a family residing within :i atonc's throw of the Hickman home, had been paying attentions to the girl for sometime. The death of Meldrum and the events of tho trial/seem to have unbalanced the girl's mind, resulting In the killing of her brother, the slayer of her illicit lover. j Beckley the last very at brother to visiting ast a

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  1. The Raleigh Herald,
  2. 16 Jun 1910, Thu,
  3. Page 5

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