Glasgow Times Special – 20 September 1898

Glasgow, KY, Sept,20 (Special)

One of the foulest crimes ever committed in Barren Co. was the assassination last night of Mrs. William Bowles by her son-in- law, John Franklin.  Mrs. Bowles lived near Beckton, about 8 miles from Glasgow.  Yesterday was County Court day, and Franklin was in town all day, leaving for his home late in the evening.  He and his wife had separated some time ago and she had gone back to live with her mother.

Franklin went to his mother-in-law’s house last night and insisted upon his wife returning home with him.  The interview was a warm one, and was ended by his wife refusing to go with him.   Her mother entered a vigorous protest against her going, and this infuriated Franklin.  He left the house, but soon appeared at a window of the room in which the women were, and emptied the contents of a double-barreled shotgun into his mother-in-law.  She died instantly.

Franklin made his escape, and, although officers and neighbors have been searching for him all day with bloodhounds, he has not yet been found.  A report from Beckton says he is supposed to be hiding in a cave near there.  It will be watched tonight, and if he is there and tries to leave, he will be captured.  If caught, the probability in the incensed citizens of that neighborhood will make short work of him.


About Gclee

I am a long time genealogy and local history hunter from Barren Co., KY. I have many stories to share that may be of interest to other local genealogists and history buffs. I enjoy this as a hobby and hope I can be of encouragement to others. I also hope everyone enjoys my stories as much as I have enjoyed learning about them.
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