October 8, 2013

Brothers Kill Two Farmers near Bernstadt, Laurel, 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 10, 1902] -


Two Farmers Are Killed by a Traveler in Laurel County.

London, Ky., April 9. -- (Special.) -- Two farmers were killed near Bernstadt, this county, to-day. The details of the killing cannot be obtained, but it is said to have been on account of a dog. A man traveling along the road killed a dog belonging to two farmers, who were plowing a field. The owners of the dog went to the farm house for their guns, and on their return were shot and killed by the man who had killed the dog. 

The Coroner has gone to the scene of the trouble to hold an inquest. [2]


[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. [3]


[April 11, 1902] -


Being Made For Suspected Murderers. 





London. Ky April 10. -- (Special.) -- The Coroner returned to-day from Dogwood Springs, the scene of the double murder of yesterday. The verdict of the Jury was suspended and warrants were issued for Enos and Jenk Boone, brothers. No arrest has yet been made, but the roads are being guarded and farmers are searching the woods for the suspected mn. Threats of lynching are openly made by friends of the dead men. 

The murdered men are Rudolph Kaenzig, an aged and highly respected German farmer, and Julius Warren, a young man who was employed by Kaenzig. They were found by a farmer who had gone to Kaenzig's house in search of his dog, which had followed Warren to his work. The dead dog lying in Kaezig's yard led to the discovery of the dead men. Both had been shot in the neck, and the jugular vein of each had been severed. It is the opinion of the Coroner that the men were murdered Tuesday and had lain in the yard until discovered yesterday. 

It is said that passersby heard Kaenzig and Warren and the Boones quarreling Tuesday morning. On account of this alleged quarrel, together with the fact that Warren was the only witness against a brother of the Boones who is under indictment on the charge of murder in Rockcastle county, a warrant was issued for Enos and Jenk Boone. 

The Boones are natives of North Carolina. Warren and Kaenzig were both good citizens. Kaenzig was a widower and lived alone. He had three children, living in Louisville. Warren is from Rockcastle county, and his people came here to-day to take his body home for burial. [4]


[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 [Rock]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. [5]


[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] "Because of a Dog." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. April 10, 1902. Page 2. Newspapers.com.

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

[4] "Search." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. April 11, 1902. Page 5. Newspapers.com.

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

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