March 14, 2014

Man Kills His Wife's Admirer, Pulaski, 1901

Previously:

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[October 6, 1901] -

KILLING

IN SOMERSET FOLLOWED ALLEGED DOMESTIC TROUBLE.

SOMERSET, Ky., Oct. 5.--A tragedy was enacted here late yesterday evening.  James Davis was shot and killed by Harry Bishop in the latter's home.

Bishop says he returned home and found Davis and shot him.  He says he has repeatedly warned Davis to keep away from the Bishop home, and has himself left several times on this account.

Bishop fired five shots and Davis was shot through the heart, dying instantly.  Bishop is a brickmason, and was at work on a building here yesterday.

Bishop immediately gave himself up to the chief of police.  He was held without bond until Monday, when his examination will be held. [1]





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[October 5, 1901] -

Killed His Wife's Admirer.

Somerset, Ky., Oct. 5.-- James Davis, son of W. C. Davis, a prominent merchant tailor of this place, was shot and instantly killed by Harry Bishop, a bricklayer, at Bishop's house, in the presence of Bishop's wife and mother.  He showed too much affection for Bishop's wife. [2]





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[October 9, 1901] -

Both Hands Holding Pistols.

SOMERSET, Ky., Oct. 5.-- James Davis, son of W. C. Davis, a prominent merchant of this place, was shot and instantly killed by Harry Bishop, a brick layer, about 3 o'clock p. m. at Bishop's house, in the presence of Bishop's wife and mother.

Davis had supplanted him in the affections of his wife, so Bishop says, and had been repeatedly warned to stay away from the place.  Bishop had stayed away from home several days.  This evening Bishop's wife came to town and returned home, Davis following in a few minutes.  Her husband, who was at work on a building, quit work and arrived about five minutes after Davis.

According to the statements of the only eye witnesses, Bishop entered with his pistols in both hands and without a word fired five shots into the body of Davis.  He then cooly walked to the police office and surrendered stating that he had told Davis to stay away, and if he had not killed him he had tried to.  Davis ran about 100 yards and fell dead.  When examined, a picture of Bishop's wife was found in his pocket.  His pistol, in its scabbard, lay on the floor in the house. [3]




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[October 11, 1901] -


Harry Bishop, who shot and killed James Davis at Somerset, was held over to the circuit court without bail. [4]





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[October 29, 1901] -

SOMERSET, Ky., Oct. 28.--The October term of the Pulaski Circuit Court convened here this morning.  Besides a large number of felony and misdemeanor cases there are two murder cases.  The first for trial is that of Epsey Sellers, near Tatesville, in this county, in August, 1900.  At a previous trial of the case at the last June term the jury failed to agree.  The other is against Harry Bishop, charged with murder in the killing of young James B. Davis, on the 4th of this month.  Bishop at his examining trial before Squire J. F. Barker was held over to the grand jury without bail.  The defense in both cases will be that they committed the crimes in defense of their homes and will ask that a verdict of not guilty be returned, based on the unwritten law. [5]









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[November 8, 1901] -


The case of Harry Bishop for killing James Davis at Somerset was called in the circuit court there yesterday, Bishop killed Davis when he found him at his, Bishop's home talking to his wife. [6]





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[November 8, 1901] -

UNWRITTEN LAW.

FIGURES IN THE BISHOP MURDER CASE AT SOMERSET.

Somerset, Ky. Nov. 8.-- The case of the commonwealth against Harry Bishop, charged with murder in the killing of James B. Davis, was called for trial in the Pulaski circuit court.  This is another case in which the unwritten law will figure.

On the 14th day of October Bishop left his work before the usual hour, and, going to his home, found Davis in his room talking to his wife an mother-in-law.  Immediately upon entering the room he began firing at Davis, five shots entering his body.  Davis ran from the house into the county road, where he fell dead. [7]







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[November 21, 1901] -


UNWRITTEN LAW CASE 
NEARS END.

SOMERSET, Ky., Nov. 20.-- The defense closed its testimony in the case of the Commonwealth against Harry Bishop, charged with murder in the killing of James B. Davis last October.  The prosecution showed that young Davis was in Bishop's house talking to his wife and mother-in-law when the defendant entered the room, pistols in both hands, and immediately began firing.  Five shots entered the body of the deceased. [8]










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[November 28, 1901] -

The jury in the case of Harry Bishop, who killed James Davis, at Somerset for alienating Mrs Bishop's affections, failed to agree, eight being for acquittal and four for conviction. [9]





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[March 22, 1902] -


ONLY PROTECTED HIS HOME


Somerset, Ky., March 22. -- Harry Bishop was acquitted of the murder of James B. Davis. The defense's plea was a man's right to protect his home. Davis had tried to alienate Mrs. Bishop's affections.






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[March 25, 1902] -

ACQUITTED. -- The trial of Harry Bishop for killing James B. Davis at Somerset last fall, resulted in an acquittal.  The defense in the case was the right of a man to avenge himself upon a rival in the affections of his wife. [11]







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[1] "Killing." Morning Herald, Lexington, KY. October 6, 1901. Page 1. Genealogybank.com.

[2] "Killed His Wife's Admirer." Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, KY. October 5, 1901. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069117/1901-10-05/ed-1/seq-2/


[3] "Both Hands Holding Pistols." The Hartford Herald, Hartford, KY. October 9, 1901. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84037890/1901-10-09/ed-1/seq-2/

[4] Excerpt from "Locals." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 11, 1901. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1901-10-11/ed-1/seq-3/


[5] "Two Women To Be Tried On Murder Charge." Morning Herald, Lexington, KY. October 29, 1901. Page 2. Genealogybank.com.


[6] Excerpt from "In Neighboring Counties." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. November 8, 1901. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1901-11-08/ed-1/seq-1/


[7] "Unwritten Law." The Paducah Sun, Paducah, KY. November 8, 1901. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052116/1901-11-08/ed-1/seq-1/

[8] "Unwritten Law Case Nears End." Morning Herald, Lexington, KY. November 21, 1901. Page 8. Genealogybank.com.


[9] Excerpt from "General News." The Central Record, Lancaster, KY. November 28, 1901. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069201/1901-11-28/ed-1/seq-4/


[10] "Only Protected His Home." The Paducah Sun, Paducah, KY. March 22, 1902. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052116/1902-03-22/ed-1/seq-2/

[11] "Acquitted." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 25, 1902. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1902-03-25/ed-1/seq-3/

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