May 28, 2015

Man Kills Another In Argument Over Woman, Pulaski, 1881

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[May 27, 1881] -

A bloody tragedy occurred between here and the depot Sunday afternoon. It appears that Bill Durham and James Mulaney became involved in a difficulty at noon. The cause was a notorious woman, called Vick Dobbs, who has figured in one or two killings before this. Durham was badly beaten, and went home. Shortly afterwards his brother, Sanford, sought James and proceeded to avenge his brother's wrongs, but Mulany proved to be too much for him, likewise. Thus beaten but still determined, he summoned William to the field again, and together they attempted what neither alone could accomplish -- that was to thrash Mulaney. But the latter gentleman concluded that patience had ceased to be a virtue, and drawing his little pop, sent a bullet whizzing through Durham's brain. He has not yet been tried. [1]








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[May 27, 1881] -


Commonwealth Versus Mulaney.

Special Dispatch to the Cincinnati Gazette.
SOMERSET, KY., May 26.--The examining trial of James Mulaney, for shooting William Durham on the 22d, came off yesterday, and resulted in the defendant being put under a bail of $1,000. [2]



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[October 21, 1881] -

SOMERSET. -- The trial of Mullany for killing Durham resulted in a hung jury, as did the Troxdell-Russell murder case. Bolton, for killing Whittaker, got four years. The trial of Carter, charged with the murder of Russell, is now progressing. [3]



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[October 26, 1881] -

Sheriff Tate, of Pulaski, took to the penitentiary Wednesday Tandy Bolton, for killing Whittaker, and Jim Mullaney for killing Bill Durham--each to serve out a sentence of two years in the penitentiary. [4]




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[May 4, 1883] -

Jim Mullany got his throat badly cut in a row at Flat Rock, a few days since, and his recovery is reported doubtful. He has been out of the penitentiary only about two months, by pardon. He was sent there about two years ago for the killing of Durham at the depot here. [5]





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[February 14, 1885] -


Fatally Shot a Desperado.

[Special to the Courier-Journal.]

SOMERSET, KY., Feb. 12. -- Last night A. J. Hansford, a young man living at Barren Fork, this county, fatally shot Jim Mulaney, a notorious rough and desperado. The affair occurred while a dance was in progress at Hansford's house. Hansford surrendered himself to the authorities to-day and will have his examining trial to-morrow. He claims the shooting was in self-defense.

Mulaney was fresh from the penitentiary for killing Wm. Durham in 1881. He was a hard character and has had many a knife and pistol combat. He has nine brothers, all of them equally as hard as himself, with the exception of one, and one time six of the brothers were serving out various offenses at Frankfort. [6]



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[February 17, 1885] -

At a dance near Somerset, A. J. Hansford shot and fatally wounded Jas. Mulaney, who was just out of the penitentiary, having served a term for murder. Hansforth pleads self-defense. [7]







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[February 17, 1885] -

A. J. Hansford, a young man living at Barren Fork, Pulaski county, fatally shot Jim Mulaney, a notorious desperado. The affair occurred while a dance was in progress at Hansford's house. He claims the shooting was in self defense. Mulaney was a notorious character, being fresh from the penitentiary for the killing of Wm. Durham in 1881. He has nine brothers, all except one equally hard as himself. At one time six of the brothers were serving sentences at Frankfort. [8]






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[1] Excerpt from "Pulaski County." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 27, 1881. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1881-05-27/ed-1/seq-2/

[2] "Commonwealth Versus Mulaney." Cincinnati Daily Gazette, Cincinnati, OH. May 27, 1881. Page 1. Genealogybank.com.

[3] Excerpt from "Local Matters." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 21, 1881. Page 3. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1881-10-21/ed-1/seq-3/

[4] Excerpt from "Notes of Current Events." The Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. October 28, 1881. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84038328/1881-10-28/ed-1/seq-2/

[5] Excerpt from "Pulaski County." Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. May 4, 1883. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1883-05-04/ed-1/seq-2/

[6] "Fatally Shot a Desperado." The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY. February 14, 1885. Page 4. Newspapers.com.

[7] Excerpt from "Kentucky Knowledge." Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian, Hopkinsville, KY. February 17, 1885. Page 2. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86069394/1885-02-17/ed-1/seq-2/

[8] Column 2. Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, Stanford, KY. February 17, 1885. Page 1. LOC. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85052020/1885-02-17/ed-1/seq-1/

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