Brutal Murder Near Kingsville, Missouri
A man killed by a club; his wife chopped with an ax.
|Kingsville Missouri Plat|
A Double Murder Avenged by a Brother of the Victims. [From the Kansas City (Mo.) News, Nov. 15.Some success since the Times of this city chronicled the cold-blooded murder of a man and his wife in "the wee hours" of night by some unknown fiend in the form of a human being. The double murder was committed near Kingsville, Mo., at the residence of the victims Mr. and Mrs. John Cox. For a time after the crime was noised abroad the most intense excitement prevailed in that community, and the feelings of the citizens were aroused to the highest point of revenge. Mr. Dryden, a well known citizen there, was suspected, and had to flee the wrath of an outraged community. He returned, however, was tried and found innocent of the heinous crime imputed to him. Time wore on. The murderer escaped and no clue whatever leading to his whereabouts was obtained. But following close upon the heels of all crimes comes the step of the avenger, and he who violates the ordinances of nature or of God is as sure to meet with the penalty such act necessitates as that the night follows day or that storm will come after the sunshine. It may come soon, or fate may dally with revenge and years elapse ere the storm breaks upon the guilty party's life; but come it will and the question is only one of time. Right speedily has the avenger followed up the Kingsville murder and sated its ire on blood and death. Saturday night a brother of the murdered Cox came upon, in a brothel in South-western Missouri, a man around whom clustered in the kinds of these who knew him many done suspicions. A game of cards was suggested and entered Into, during which time frequent libations of "poisoned" Missouri whiskey were enjoyed. The whiskey had a wonderful effect upon the mind of the suspected gamester, and in the heat of the conversation and spirited retort he exposed to Cox some facts that proved him the perpetrator of the terrible Kingsville murder, in an instant, without a moment's warning, Cox unsheathed a small dagger and plunged it into the bosom of the murderer of his brother and sister The man fell upon the floor in curses and groans, and Cox fled. The wound was a fearful one, piercing the heart and producing almost instant death.
The man so suddenly ushered before the tribunal of another world by Cox is Wm. O. Bevis. Bevis formerly laboured on the farm of a neighbor of the murdered Cox family, and was well acquainted in that neighborhood where that double tragedy was committed. He has relations near Springfield, Ill.