MURDER NEAR CARUTHERSVILLE , MO.

TRANSCRIBED BY : TINA EASLEY

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FROM THE DAILY SOLIPHONE

APRIL 19 , 1902

CARUTHERSVILLE , MO. APRIL 18 , 1902

WORD WAS RECEIVED HERE TONIGHT OF THE KILLING OF BILLY BARNETT BY FRANK WRIGHT NEAR COOTER .

WRIGHT WAS RECENTLY DIVORCED FROM HIS WIFE AND WANTED TO MARRY BARNETT'S DAUGHTER AGAINST HIS CONSENT . WRIGHT SAID HE WOULD MARRY THE GIRL IF HE HAD TO KILL BARNETT , AND BARNETT SAID HE WOULD KILL WRIGHT IF HE MARRIED HER .

WRIGHT , IT IS SAID , BORROWED A GUN AND TODAY WENT TO THE MILL WHERE BARNETT WORKED. BARNETT SAW HIM AND DREW HIS PISTOL . WRIGHT THEN FIRED , KILLING BARNETT AND WOUNDING TWO OTHER MEN. HE GAVE HIMSELF UP TO DEPUTY SHERIFF.