June 19, 2013

Son Kills Father at Dinner Table, Laurel, 1904


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[November 3, 1904] -


ASSASSINATED

MILTON GREEN WAS KILLED IN LAUREL COUNTY WHILE SEATED AT SUPPER TABLE.

[By Associated Press.]  LONDON, Ky., Nov. 2.--Milton Green was shot and killed near East Bernstadt tonight while at the supper table.  The assassin escaped.  Five years ago Green shot and seriously wounded Lev Philpot here, and was afterwards shot and seriously wounded by Philpot. [1]

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[November 3, 1904] -

BLOODHOUNDS ON THE TRAIL.

At Supper When a Bullet From the Street Pierced His Heart.

London, Ky., Nov 3.--While sitting at the supper table Wednesday night, Milton Green, who lives near East Bernstadt, was instantly killed by a rifle ball which was fired from the street, and, passing through a window of his home, pierced his heart.

It is not known who the assassin is, and the bloodhounds have been sent for to trail the assassin.

Green was about 36 years old, married and has two children.

Six years ago he killed James Mullins, a colored man, at Altamont, and was sentenced to serve five years in the state penitentiary.  He served part of the time and was then pardoned.  About five years ago he shot and seriously wounded Lev. Philpot on the street at London, and was afterward shot and dangerously wounded by Philpot. [2]


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[November 4, 1904] -

Milton Green, a man with two notches on his gun stock, was shot and killed in Laurel county Wednesday night while eating supper.  A bullet fired through a window pierced his heart. [3]


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[November 7, 1904] -

Testimony Favors Boy Who Killed Father.

London, Ky., Nov 6.--In the examining trial of Charles Green, the boy who shot and killed his father, Milton Green, last Thursday evening, the testimony introduced was entirely favorable to the boy, and it was proven that he was the support of the family.  Witnesses testified that on the evening Green was killed he had told the family to prepare to eat their last supper, for after they had eaten together he would kill them all.  The Judge reserved his decision in the case until Monday. [4]

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[November 8, 1904] - 

A London special says: The examining trial of Charles Green, the boy who shot and killed his father, Milton Green, Thursday evening, was held Saturday.  The testimony introduced was entirely favorable to the boy, and it was proven that he was the support of the family, while the father was habitually drunk and very abusive toward the boy and other members of the family.  Witnesses testified that on the evening Green was killed he had told the family to prepare to eat their last supper, for after they had eaten together he would kill them all.  The elder Green was known as a desperate character, having killed one man and badly wounded another. [5]


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[February 10, 1905] -

Indictments were returned at London against Charlie Green for killing his father, Milt Green, at Altamont, and George McNiel for killing Elmer Murphy at Pittsburg.  Both indictments are for murder. [6]


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[March 8, 1905] -

SHOT FATHER WHO ABUSED HIS MOTHER

BOY COULD NOT STAND TREATMENT ACCORDED BY DRUNKEN PARENT--THREE YOUTHFUL MURDERERS PASS THROUGH EN ROUTE TO FRANKFORT.

Three youthful murderers, their hands clasped by bands of steels and guarded by three Sheriffs of Laurel county, stopped in this city yesterday for a few hours between trains.  They were on their way to the penitentiary, where they are going as a punishment for their crimes.

They are Charles Green, aged eighteen years, sentenced to twenty-one years; William Underwood, aged twenty-six, sentenced to four years servitude, and Nat Helton, aged twenty-two years, sentenced for eight years.  The first two are from near Corbin.

Green was convicted for killing his father, Milton Green, about six months ago.  He claims that his father was abusive and mistreated his family.  That it was his custom to get drunk on moonshine whisky and beat and cuff his wife and children so violently that on several occasions his eldest son, who has been convicted of murder, warned the father that he would kill him if he did not stop.  Regardless of the warnings of his son, the father became more violent, and finally drove the family from their home.  On their return the next day the father left and returned that night drunker than usual.  He commanded his wife to get supper and abused his children in words and acts.  He was quieted for the time being, but at the supper table began again.  His son became so desperate that he resolved to kill him, and left the room.  As he did he took a Winchester rifle that was in the corner of the room.  When he got on the outside he shot his father through the window.  The sympathy of the community was with the boy, but it was a plain case of manslaughter, and he was convicted.  A petition is being circulated with a view of getting a pardon.

Underwood was convicted for conspiring with two other men in the murder of Edward Jones, who was killed during a game of seven-up.  The fight came up over twenty-five cents.  The crime was committed four years ago.

Helton was convicted for killing Earl and David Fletcher, two brothers.  At the time of the murder Helton was a constable.  He had the two defenseless men under arrest and they made a dash for liberty. They did not halt at his command, and he filled their bodies with bullets.  He appears to be in the last stages of consumption, and it looks as if the white plague will soon avenge the deed.

The prisoners were in charge of Messrs. C. N. Scovill and Burrell Smith. [7]


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[1] "Assassinated." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. November 3, 1904. Page 1. Genealogybank.com.

[2] "Bloodhounds on the Trail." The Evening Bulletin, Maysville, KY. November 3, 1904. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn87060190/1904-11-03/ed-1/seq-1/.

[3] Hopkinsville Kentuckian, Hopkinsville, KY. November 4, 1904. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069395/1904-11-04/ed-1/seq-4/.

[4] "Testimony Favors Boy Who Killed Father." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. November 7, 1904. Page 1. Genealogybank.com.

[5] Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 8, 1904. Page 6. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1904-11-08/ed-1/seq-6/.

[6] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 10, 1905. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1905-02-10/ed-1/seq-1/

[7] "Shot Father Who Abused His Mother." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. March 8, 1905. Page 8. Genealogybank.com.

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For the shooting of Philpot by Green, see:

[] "Vicinity News." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 12, 1897. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1897-03-12/ed-1/seq-1/

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