Sunday, December 23, 2007

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Midwest Historical and Genealogical Register 42:3 (Oct-Nov-Dec 2007) includes an article on the murder of Charles Anderson by Leon Fouquet. During a disagreement about the division of a wheat crop raised by Anderson on Fouquet’s land, voices were raised and tempers flared. Anderson struck Fouquet on the side of the head with the handle of a pitchfork he was holding. Fouquet grabbed the pitchfork and speared Anderson, “the prongs entering the body almost up to the handle, passing, it was supposed, through or under the heart.” Anderson was taken to his home, and lay there in agony until he died almost seven hours later. Fouquet in the meantime had demanded to be placed in the county jail, fearing that he might be lynched otherwise. The article also provides an account of Fouquet’s trial (he was found guilty of manslaughter).

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