July 4, 2013

Girl Killed on Wooded Trail, Pulaski, 1913



[April 14, 1913] -


Two Men Charged With the Killing of Cora Whittaker

SOMERSET, Ky., April 13.-- Roscoe Price and Millard Arnold were arrested by Deputy Sheriff Raney and lodged in jail here on a warrant, charging them with the killing of Miss Cora Whittaker.  They will be arraigned before Judge R. C. Tartar Monday and a date set for their examining trial.  The finding of the coroner's jury refuted the claim made by the two young men that Cora Whitaker shot herself either accidentally or on purpose.

The three were together in a woodland some distance from the home of the girl in the eastern part of this county, when the shooting occurred.  She had started from her home to a store and was passing through the woodland where the boys were located when she came by and the tragedy occurred some fifty feet from the roadside.

A. J. McFarland, employed by the Cumberland Grocery Company, died from an injury sustained when he was thrown from a wagon when the team he was driving became frightened and ran away. [1]


[April 15, 1913] -

County Judge Tartar, of Pulaski, has offered a reward of $100 for the arrest of Rossie Price and Milford Arnold, who are wanted in connection with the killing of Cora Whittaker, whose dead body was found in a woodland near her home Wednesday. [2]


[April 16, 1913] -


Somerset, Ky., April 12.--A peculiar tragedy occurred near Public, in the eastern part of the county, when Miss Cora Whitaker, a young woman, aged about twenty years, was killed while in the company of two young men, Roscoe Price and Millard Arnold, who say they do not know whether she shot herself accidentally or committed suicide.  The shot was fired from Arnold's revolver, and entered her side.  Death followed shortly.

Arnold and Price had gone walking some distance from the girl's home with her and both say that Arnold had given her his pistol and that she was twirling it around on her fingers when it was discharged, and that the shot entered her side, but say they do not know whether she intentionally pulled the trigger while the muzzle of the revolver was ranging toward her side, or whether she accidentally touched the trigger, causing the discharge.  The boys left the girl lying in the field and went to the home of her father and told him of the tragedy, but before they got back with her father to the place where she was lying, she was dead. [3]


[April 21, 1913] -

The examining trial of Roscoe Price and Milford Arnold, arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of Cora Whittaker, daughter of Alfred Whittaker, was held before County Judge R. C. Tartar, who held both to the grand jury, fixing their bond at $5,000 each.  In default of this they were sent to jail to await the action of the grand jury.--Somerset Journal. [4]


[March 5, 1915] -

"...Arnold is the man who was accused, tried and cleared on a charge of killing a woman in Pulaski county two years ago and is considered a bad man..." [5]


[1] "Price and Arnold are Arrested in Pulaski." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. April 14, 1913. Page 2. Genealogybank.com.

[2] The Richmond Climax, Richmond, KY. April 15, 1913. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069162/1913-04-15/ed-1/seq-2/

[3] "Death Wound Received By Girl in Strange Way." The Hartford Herald, Hartford, KY. April 16, 1913. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84037890/1913-04-16/ed-1/seq-1/

[4] The Richmond Climax, Richmond, KY. April 21, 1913. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069162/1913-04-21/ed-1/seq-3/

[5] Excerpt from "Local." Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. March 5, 1915. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1915-03-05/ed-1/seq-3/


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