Murdering Indians: A Documentary History of the 1897 by Peter G. Beidler

By Peter G. Beidler

In February of 1897 a relatives of six--four generations, together with dual toddler sons and their elderly great-grandmother--was brutally murdered in rural North Dakota. The guns used have been a shotgun, an awl, a pitchfork, a spade, and a membership. a number of Dakota Indians from the within reach status Rock reservation have been arrested, and one used to be attempted, suggested in charge and sentenced to be hanged. The conviction was once reversed via the nation ideal court docket, which ordered a brand new trial. just a week later, despite the fact that, a mob of thirty indignant males broke into the county reformatory in the midst of the evening, dragged 3 of the 5 accused Indians out, and hanged them from a butcher's windlass. those occasions have been fodder for enormous quantities of newspaper articles, letters, and felony records. lots of these files, together with the transcript of the trial convicting one of many Indians and the assertion by way of the kingdom ideal court docket reversing the conviction, are amassed during this paintings, and, with the author's remark, inform a demanding story of racism and revenge within the pioneer West, person who supplied the fundamental tale line for Ojibwe novelist Louise Erdrich's acclaimed novel The Plague of Doves.

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As for a supposed motive for the killings, having ruled out the desire for money because the killers had left some behind, the journalist could posit only “some revengeful desire or more brutal passion”: Bismarck Daily Tribune Bismarck, North Dakota February 20, 1897 Horrible Details There are no further developments in the Spicer tragedy except that in laying out the dead bodies it was discovered that Mr. Spicer had been shot in the back with a shot gun, twenty-six shot and a large lead bullet, which from its irregularity, was evidently home made, taking effect.

After I got back to the car, my youngest brother at the time, Charles, walks up. ” After 1900 the state of North Dakota set the Whitestone Hill site aside as the place where the “battle” took place. The monument was officially dedicated in October of 1910. The “Whitestone Hill Battlefield State Historic Site” can be found on detailed maps of North Dakota about midway between Kulm and Ellendale. The Standing Rock reservation, about a hundred miles to the west, is now home to many families who are descendants of the Indians killed or captured at Whitestone Hill.

Thomas Spicer lying in the stable with a hole in her skull and a deep cut on her chin, evidently produced by an axe. 2. Murder 35 He immediately came to town and notified the deputy coroner and a number of citizens who went out to the scene of the awful tragedy. After a careful search the body of Thomas Spicer was found in the cow shed, his head and throat were mutilated in a horrible manner and a knife wound over the heart. The work is thought to be that of one or more Indians, as an Indian was seen there by a passer-by yesterday evening.

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