October 8, 2013

Brothers Shoot Two German Farmers Through the Neck, 1902



[April 10, 1902] -


London, Ky., April 10. -- Warrants have been issued against Emos and Jenks Boone, brothers, for the murder of Rudolph Kaelzig and Julius Warren last Saturday. [1]


[April 11, 1902] -


LONDON, Ky., April 10.--The Coroner returned from Bernstadt this morning, after holding an inquest over the remains of Rudolph Kaenzig and Julius Warren, whose bodies were found yesterday.  The Coroner's verdict was suspended and warrants have been issued for Enos and Jenks Boone, brothers, who are thought to know something of the murder.  Kaenzig and Warren were murdered Tuesday, but the bodies were not found until yesterday evening.  Both had been shot in the jugular vein.  Kaenzig was a widower, and lived alone.  Both bodies were found at his house.  Both of the murdered men bore excellent reputations. [2]


[April 12, 1902] -



Large Posse in Pursuit of the Outlaws--Hot Fight Expected.

London, Ky., April 12.--A sheriff's posse and a crowd of German farmers have been scouring the country in search of Enos and Jenks Boone, who are alleged to be the murderers of the two farmers whose bodies were found near Dogwood Springs, this county, yesterday.

It was learned that the two murdered men, German farmers, named Rudolph Kaenzig and Julius Warren, had quarreled with the Boone boys Tuesday morning, at which time the later were seen at Kaenzig's home under the influence of whisky.  It is believed by the coroner that the men were murdered Tuesday morning, and that their bodies lay in the yard until discovered yesterday evening by a farmer, who was in search of a dog that had followed Warren when he went to his work on the Kaenzig farm.  The body of the dog was found by the side of the men.  Both men were shot in the neck, and the bullets had severed the jugular vein of each.

Kaenzig was a widower, 60 years of age, and lived alone on his farm.  It is believed by some that the old man was murdered for money, as he was reported to have a large sum hidden in the house.  It is more probable, however, if the murder was committed by the men suspected, that their object was to remove Warren, who is said to have been the only eyewitness to a murder said to have been committed by a brother of Enos in Castle county.

If the farmers capture the Boones a lynch is sure to follow.  It is believed that they will resist arrest to the death. [3]


[1] "Warrants Issued For Murder." The Paducah Sun, Paducah, KY. April 10, 1902. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052116/1902-04-10/ed-1/seq-2/

[2] "Both Shot in Jugular." Morning Herald, Lexington, KY. April 11, 1902. Page 5. Genealogybank.com.

[3] "Kentucky Farmers." Jackson Citizen Patriot, Jackson, MI. April 12, 1902. Page 1. Genealogybank.com.

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