The following article, in its entirety, was published on September 1, 1856 by the New York Times, and is copyrighted by NYT as well. The article is quoted as taken from the Louisville Courier Journal, dated August 27, 1856.
“Early yesterday morning information was brought to the city that the notorious Paschal D. Craddock, long resident of Jefferson county, some 6 miles from the city, had been foully murdered. His body was found in the morning, in the lane leading to the Bardstown Road, about 3/4 mile from his house. He was found stone dead, having evidently fallen by the hand of some midnight assassin, the body a gore of blood, the throat, face, and breast much torn and mutilated by hogs, that had been attracted to the spot by the scent of blood. His faithful stud, the only witness of the horrible murder, was found standing within a few feet of the body.
“It appeared that Craddock had been summoned from his bed about 10 o’clock the previous night by a negro man belonging to Andrew Hicks, a neighbor who had been sick some time, and thinking he was really sent for, immediately got up, went out, saddled his horse, and started, apprehending no attack, and telling his family, who were opposed to his leaving the house at that time of night, that he would soon be back. From that moment he was never seen alive again by any member of his family, but was hurried into eternity by the hands of midnight murderers.
“Captain McGowan, the Sheriff, and Henry C. Morton, Deputy-Sheriff, together with the Coroner, started to the scene as information was given them, and the body of the deceased taken charge of and conveyed to his late residence, where an inquest was held. Mr. Morton, on examination, discovered traces of 3 horses near the place where the body had been found, also evidences that they had been hitched there, the riders lying in wait for their victim. The tracks of 2 of the horses led to the road, and a third through the woods. Several shots were heard in the night, evidently pistol shots. The following is the result of the inquest:
“The body was found in a lane on the north side of Bardstown turnpike, just beyond the second toll-gate. It had 3 shots in the thigh, one of the balls passing through. None of these wounds could have caused death. The neck was broken, and the face, head, and neck were mutilated by hogs, the ears having been eating off. Craddock was on horseback when he was shot, and it is supposed that, after he was shot, he fell off his horse and broke his neck. The horse was found standing in the lane just beyond the body this morning, as he was afraid to pass it. Two pieces of rope, having some blood on them, were found near the fence. The Coroner found in one of the pockets of the deceased a counterfeit $50 bill on the Union Bank of Louisiana and a counterfeit $ 10 bill on the Farmer’s Bank of Kentucky, and under the lining of the hat a $10 bill on a New Haven (Conn.) Bank. No other money was found. A dirk knife was found on the body. The verdict of the jury was that ‘Craddock came to his death by violence.’
“This deed of violence has excited much feeling in the community, connected, as it is, with the deepest mystery, together with the fact that the murdered man has been warned by a committee of a great majority of the most respected citizens of the county, his immediate neighbors, to remove from the county and State in 6 months. The allotted time expires today, and he is hurried off into eternity. Let the record of the past be forgotten. Deputy Sheriff Morton, in order to obtain a clue to the murder, arrested and lodged in the jail, Bill, the negro man of Mr. Hicks, also one of the negroes of the deceased. The former is the man who went to the house on the night of the murder, and called Craddock out, on the pretention that a neighbor had sent for him.”
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