May 5, 2014

Pulaski County Jailer Kills Prisoner, Pulaski, 1905

Previously:

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[March 8, 1905] -

SHOT NEGRO

SOMERSET JAILER FORCED TO SHOOT TO SAVE LIFE.

SOMERSET, Ky., March 7.-- Jailer Frank Hines shot and killed Grant Ingram, a desperate negro prisoner, at the jail last night.  Ingram made a fierce assault on the jailer when he entered the jail, knocking Hines down and almost affecting his escape.  He was placed in his cell, and some little time later, when the Jailer entered the cell, the negro again made an assault on him, when Hines, who had been knocked down the second time, fired on the negro, killing him instantly.  Ingram had served two terms in the pen, and was in jail awaiting trial for assaulting Deputy Sheriff Elrod. [1]






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[March 15, 1905] -

THE RUCKER MURDER

Grant Ingram, Colored, Confessed To the Crime.

Lexington, Ky., March 9.-- The murder of William B. Rucker, telegraph operator at Danville, Ky., committed February 4, 1904, has been solved by peculiar circumstances.  Grant Ingram, a negro, who was arrested by local police two months ago on a minor charge for which he was wanted in Somerset, Ky., confessed there in the sweatbox to the crime.  The police have kept secret their plans until an indictment could be found, as Ingram implicated two others in his confession.  He has been in the Somerset jail since and Monday tried to escape and was killed by Jailer Frank Hines.

Rucker was murdered while at his operating key through a window, and it must have been just before the arrival of a late night train, as the conductor, on going to the office to get orders, found him in his chair with his nerveless fingers grasping the telegraph key as though trying to summon aid.  Robbery was the motive.

JAILER KILLS PRISONER.

The Prison Keeper Entered the Cell and the Negro Assaulted Him.

Somerset, Ky., March 8.-- Jailer Frank Hines shot and killed Grant Ingram, a negro prisoner, at the jail here.  Ingram made a desperate assault on the jailer when he entered the jail, knocking him down and almost effecting his escape.  He was placed in his cell and some little time later when the jailer entered the cell the negro again made an assault on him.  Hines was again knocked down and he then fired on the negro, killing him instantly.  Ingram has served two terms in the penitentiary and was in jail awaiting trial for assaulting Deputy Sheriff Elrod. [2]


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[March 17, 1905] -

A special from Lexington of recent date says:

"It developed that the negro Grant Ingram, who was shot and killed by Jailer Hines in Somerset last night was the self confessed murderer of Operator W B Rucker, who was shot in Danville on the night of February 4, 1904.  Shortly after the murder of Rucker, Ingram became engaged in a difficulty with Deputy Sheriff Elrod, of Somerset, and after a desperate assault on him made his escape and came to Lexington.  His description was sent out by Chief of Police Hug[h]es, of Somerset, and he was arrested here by Serg[e]ant Crawley, of the local police for[c]e.  Upon being questioned by Chief Ragan and Sergeant Crawley the negro confessed to the killing of Rucker in Danville, and implicated two other negroes in the crime.  Since then the local officers and Chief hughes, of Somerset, have been working up the evidence in the case and were about ready to take the evidence before the Boyle county grand jury when the negro was killed by Jailer Hines."

This confession relieves the suspicion that the murder was probably committed by Bill Newcomb and Wilson. [3]





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[1] "Shot Negro." Lexington Herald, Lexington, KY. March 8, 1905. Page 7. Genealogybank.com.

[2] "The Rucker Murder" and Jailer Kills Prisoner." The Adair County News, Columbia, KY. March 15, 1905. Page 8. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069496/1905-03-15/ed-1/seq-8/

[3] Mount Vernon Signal, Mt. Vernon, KY. March 17, 1905. Page 4. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069561/1905-03-17/ed-1/seq-4/

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