|Across the Fence: Six went to the gallows|
|June 12, 2014 M. Timothy Nolting|
This composite photo of the six men sentenced to hang at Ft. Smith was taken in 1875. Clockwise from top is Whittington, Fooy, Evans, Moore, Mankiller. Center: Campbell.
“The Gallows. Six Murderers Executed.” So read the headlines in the September 4th, 1875 edition of The New York Times. This single event, the simultaneous hanging of six men at Fort Smith Arkansas, earned Judge Isaac Parker the moniker of ‘The Hanging Judge’ and executioner George Maledon the distinction of being the ‘Prince of Hangmen.’ These seemingly morbid titles might be somewhat repulsive to most people these days. However, to those few who...
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