THOMAS B. EDMONDS

EDMONDS , THE WOMAN - MURDER

(THE OZARK DEMOCRAT EXTRA )

OZARK , FRANKLIN COUNTY , ARKANSAS , MAY 28 , 1880

TRANSCRIBED BY : TINA EASLEY

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DONATED BY : MARILYN WILKEY

PADUCAH , KY.


FULL PARTICULARS !


OF THE TRIAL AND CONVINTION OF

EDMONDS , THE WOMAN - MURDER


THE EVIDENCE

THOMA B. EDMONDS , LIVED IN LIVINGSTONE COUNTY , KENTUCKY . HE HAD A WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN , AND HIS WIFE BECOMING ILL HE BROUGHT TO HIS HOUSE A YOUNG WOMAN NAMED JULIA ALSBROOK TO WAIT ON HIS WIFE AND DO THE WORK ABOUT THE HOUSE . AFTER BAD CONDUCT WITH HER AND SOME SCANDAL HE LET HIS FAMILY AND , WITH JULIA , CAME ABOUT MARCH , 1877 , TO WASHINGTON COUNTY , ARKANSAS WHERE THEY LIVED TOGETHER AS HUSBAND AND WIFE UNTIL AFTER THE BIRTH OF A FEMALE CHILD WHOM THEY NAMED ELLEN. ABOUT THE FIRST OF AUGUST , 1878 , THEY WERE INFORMED THAT IT WAS KNOWN THAT THEY WERE NOT MARRIED , AND HE AT ONCE ANNOUNCED HIS INTENTION TO RETURN TO JULIA AND HER CHILD , THEN FOUR MONTHS OLD , TO KENTUCKY , AND EMPLOYED ONE DAVID HINKLE TO CARRY HIM AND HIS FAMILY TO THE ARKANSAS RIVER.

THEY STARTED FROM WASHINGTON COUNTY ON SUNDAY , AUGUST 11TH , 1878 , AND ARRIVED AT FRED STAUDT'S NEAR PRATTS LANDING , SOME FOUR MILES SOUTH OF CLARKSVILLE, JOHNSON COUNTY , ARKANSAS ON TUESDAY EVENING AUGUST 13TH AFTER DARK ON WED. MORNING , AUGUST 14TH , HINKLE TOOK EDMONDS AND FAMILY TO THE RIVER AND LEAVING THEM WENT ON TO POPE COUNTY . EDMONDS TOLD HINKLE HE DID NOT CARE IF HE LEFT THEM IN A CANE BREAK , IF HE WAS ON THE RIVER . WHEN HINKLE LEFT THEM THEY WERE GOING TOWARD THE RIVER , EDMONDS CARRYING THE CHILD AND THREATENING TO KNOCK ITS BRAINS OUT AND THROW IT IN THE RIVER .

ON THURSDAY NIGHT , AUGUST 15TH , A MAN OF EDMONDS APPEARANCE STOPPED OVER NIGHT AT THE HOUSE OF JOHN COOK , SOME TWO MILES AND A HALF MILES FROM PRATT LANDING IN A NORTH-EASTERLY DIRECTION AND TOWARD CABIN CREEK , APPEARED UNEASY AND EXCITED AND REMAINED OUT IN THE YARD MOST OF THE TIME TILL BED TIME AND TOLD COOK HE HAD KNOCKED A MAN IN THE HEAD IN POPE COUNTY AND WAS GOING TO SEBASTIAN COUNTY , WAS LOOKING OUT FOR THE SHERIFF TO FOLLOW HIM AND TOLD COOK IF HE JUMPED UP AND RAN OUT OF THE HOUSE DURING THE NIGHT HE NEED NOT BE ALARMED , CLAIMED TO BE A FORTUNE TELLER AND NEXT MORNING , THE 16TH TOLD THE FORTUNES OF COOK AND FAMILY IN PAYMENT FOR HIS NIGHT'S LODGING AND LEFT.

EDMONDS WAS IDENTIFIED BY COOK ,HIS WIFE AND HER SISTER AS THIS MAN. DEPOSITIONS TAKEN FOR HIS DEFENSE IN KENTUCKY PROVE THAT HE GOT HOME IN LIVINGSTONE COUNTY , KENTUCKY. ON THE 22ND OF AUGUST , 1878 GIVING ONLY SEVEN DAYS TO TRAVEL FROM JOHNSON COUNTY , ARKANSAS., TO HIS HOME. HE TOLD AT HOME THAT JULIA AND THE CHILD SICKENED AND DIED AT POPLAR BLUFF , MISSOURI , WHERE HE BURIED THEM. THIS STORY HE ALWAYS ADHERED TO , STATING THE TIME HE STOPPED THERE VARIOUSLY AT THREE DAYS , TEN DAYS , TWO WEEKS , AND THREE WEEKS . HE COULD NEVER GIVE THE NAME OF ANY PHYSICIAN OR OTHER PERSON WHO ASSISTED HIM IN THE CARE OF THEM WHILE SICK , OR IN THEIR BURIAL . HE WAS LIVING WITH HIS FAMILY IN KENTUCKY WHEN ARRESTED.

ON THE NIGHT OF THE 13TH , WHEN STAUDT'S MR. FRED STAUDT OBSERVED A SMALL TOOTH PROTRUDING FROM BETWEEN JULIA'S UPPER FRONT TEETH , AND THAT SHE LISPED . HE ALSO NOTICED CAREFULLY HER CLOTHING AND THAT OF HER BABY , AND HER BLACK -OIL SATCHEL , SEWED UP AT THE BOTTOM WITH A WHITE THREAD . EARLY IN NOVEMBER , 1878 , A SKULL AND SOME OTHER BONES WERE FOUND SOME 300 YARDS BELOW THE LANDING , ON A SAND BAR , WITH A PART OF A WOMAN'S DRESS AND UNDERSKIRT . THIS SKULL AND SHOWING THE TOOTH BEFORE MENTIONED , AS WELL AS ANOTHER TOOTH WHICH APPEARED TO COME DOWN FROM THE ROOF OF HER MOUTH , CAUSED STAUDT TO GO AND EXAMINE CAREFULLY THE CLOTHING FOUND NEAR OR AT THE PLACE , AND HE RECOGINIZED THE DRESS AS THE ONE WORN BY JULIA AT HIS HOUSE ON THE NIGHT OF AUG 13TH AND FEELING SATISFIED OF HER HORRIBLE DEATH. THAT THE MAN WHOSE NAME HE HAD NOT LEARNED HAD MURDERED THE WOMAN , HE AT ONCE INFORMED THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY , WHO SET ABOUT TO GET THE SKULL AND ALL OTHER ARTICLES , INTO HIS POSSESSION . THE BONNETS OF THE WOMAN AND CHILD WERE FOUND AT THE LANDING , AND A SATCHEL WAS ALSO FOUND SOME HALF A MILE DISTANT INSIDE A FIELD IN THE CORNER OF THE FENCE. IT CONTAINED DRESS , SHAWL AND VARIOUS OTHER ARTICLES OF CLOTHING FOR A WOMAN AND CHILD , WITH SOME JEWLERY , RIBBONS AND LOCKS OF HAIR , AND A BOTTLE CONTAINING CAMPHOR. ALL OF THESE ARTICLES WERE IDENTIFIED AS THE CLOTHING , ETC ... OF JULIA AND HER BABY , BY MR. HINKLE AND HIS FAMILY , AND OTHER WITNESSES FROM WASHINGTON COUNTY .

ONE WITNESS , MRS CYNTHIA HEARNE , HAD MADE THE DRESS FOUND IN THE SATCHEL FOR JULIA , AND BEFORE SEEING IT GAVE A MINUTE DESCRIPTION OF IT AND THE MANNER OR STYLE IN WHICH IT WAS MADE