November 18, 2014

Moonshiner Kills Constable in Gunfight at Saloon, Laurel, 1886

Previously:

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[May 7, 1886] -

MURDER.--At Lily, in Laurel county, Constable George Tetters was shot and fatally wounded by Thomas Disney, a notorious moonshiner from Corbin. Disney, in company with one Gibson, visited Sparks' saloon at Lily. After getting intoxicated, Disney, from some trivial cause, took offense at Tetters, drew a 44 calibre revolver and fired, the ball taking effect in Tetters' right breast, coming out at the left side of his back near the spine, striking the saloon keeper's wife in the arm, inflicting a flesh wound, and passed through the door. Disney escaped. [1]





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[May 7, 1886] -

Thos. Disney, a moonshiner, shot and mortally wounded Geo. Tetters, a constable, at Lily, Laurel county, Monday. [2]





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[March 8, 1887] -


Marshal Hughes arrested in New Albany, Indiana, and lodged in jail here Saturday, one Tom Disney, who killed George Tetters at Lily last fall. [3]




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[March 8, 1887] -


CAPTURED.--Thomas Disney, who killed George Tetters in Laurel last May and fled, has been captured in New Albany. He confessed when he saw that the game was up and came over without the usual requisition papers. [4]




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[May 31, 1887] -

Wednesday morning of this week the jury in the case of Thomas Dizney, charged with the murder of Constable Tudors at Lily a year ago this month, brought in a verdict for murder with a life penalty. This is the first conviction for murder ever had in this county, so we are informed, and it will go to the Court of Appeals (for reversal!) Hon. H. C. Eversole, Judge G. W. McClure and James Cook, of Rockcastle county, were appointed by the Court to defend for Dizney. [5]





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[June 7, 1887] -


Bills of exceptions in both the Luker (seven years) and Dizney (life sentence) cases have been filed and will go to the Court of Appeals. [6]





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[October 11, 1887] -

When Thomas Disney, the murderer of Constable Tedors in Laurel county, received the news last week that the Court of Appeals had affirmed the life sentence assessed against him, he remarked with a sneer that the only thing he minded about the business was that when his time was out there they would re-arrest and try him for the several pistol cases against him. The jury ought to go and hang themselves now for not hanging the heartless brute. [7]




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[Ed. note: I could not find a Ky. Court of Appeals opinion in the law reporters corresponding to this case.]


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[March 15, 1892] -

Thomas Disney, a convict sent in 1887 from Laurel county, for life for the murder of George Peters, was adjudged a lunatic and thereupon pardoned out of the penitentiary by Gov. Brown and sent to the asylum. Disney's mania is religion, and for nearly five weeks since he was suspected he had been continually praying and preaching. [8]





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[March 18, 1892] -

From Prison to Insane Asylum.

Thomas Disney, a convict sent in 1887 from Laurel county for life for the murder of George Petters, was last week adjudged a lunatic before County Judge Williams, of Frankfort. He was thereupon pardoned out of the penitentiary by Gov. Brown, and the court ordered him sent to the asylum at Lexington. Disney's mania is religion, and for nearly five weeks since he was first suspected he has been continually praying and preaching. He has a brother in the Anchorage Asylum and many relatives from his home county of Knox in the Lexington Asylum. [9]



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[1] "Murder." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 7, 1886. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1886-05-07/ed-1/seq-3/

[2] Excerpt from "Kentucky Knowledge." Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian, Hopkinsville, KY. May 7, 1886. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069394/1886-05-07/ed-1/seq-2/

[3] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 8, 1887. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1887-03-08/ed-1/seq-2/

[4] Excerpt from "Local Matters." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 8, 1887. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1887-03-08/ed-1/seq-3/

[5] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 31, 1887. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1887-05-31/ed-1/seq-1/


[6] Excerpt from "London, Laurel County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. June 7, 1887. Page 6. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1887-06-07/ed-1/seq-6/

[7] Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 11, 1887. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1887-10-11/ed-1/seq-2/

[8] Excerpt from "Newsy Notes." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. March 15, 1892. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1892-03-15/ed-1/seq-2/

[9] "From Prison to Insane Asylum." The Hazel Green Herald, Hazel Green, KY. March 18, 1892. Page 8. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86063242/1892-03-18/ed-1/seq-8/

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