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A Nice Gang of Assassins
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A NICE GANG OF ASSASSINS
Special Dispatch of the Globe-Democrat
The Cherokee Advocate
September 11, 1885


September 11, 1885-The Cherokee Advocate-Fort Smith, Ark. September 1-Five prisoners of considerable notoriety arrived here today, three of them being Tom Lee, Ed Stein and Davidson, members of the notorious Lee gang, who a few months since murdered Indian Policeman J. H. Guy, Andy and Jim Roff, in Delaware Bend, Chickasaw Nation. These three were arrested shortly after the murders occurred but Jim and Pink Lee for whom there is a reward of $5,000 is still at large. The other two are Jim and Jake Tobler, the two Negroes who murdered Frank Cass and Goodykooniz. These latter two were brought in by Deputy Marshal W. F. Jones, and on the way down they gave the officer a full account of the horrible deed. The confession made to the officer does not differ materially from that made to the citizens of Vinita, except that it is more full. Jake Tobler says he killed Goodykoontz by shooting him twice, while Joe killed Cass by shooting him one time, and then killed the dog. They claim to have only gotten $4 in money. They took clothing of their victims, a watch worth $20, a shotgun, rings, underclothing, etc., all of which were found in possession of the Negroes when arrested, together with the horses. The murderers were wearing the clothing. The murder was committed about 3 o'clock in the morning, and at daylight the murderers were only five miles from the scene. They know the murdered man well and expected to get a large sum of money, as they had heard Cass say some time previous that he and Goodykoontz were going West to buy cattle. They expect to be hung, and have given up all hopes of life.


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