The Bloody Bed – 26 April 1955

Glasgow Times, Thursday 28 April 1955 –

“Mrs. Helen Shaw, 27, was indicted by the Grand Jury today on a charge of murder in connection with the fatal death of her husband, James Steward Shaw, 22, who succumbed at Samson Community Hospital at 2:50 am, Tuesday, where he was removed following a reported drinking brawl at their home on Knob Road,just off West Cherry Street, a short time before. Delmer Eubank and Irvin “Red” Delk, who were reportedly there, accused Mrs. Shaw of beating him to death with an iron pipe, which she is said to have admitted to county officers.
“Funeral services for Shaw were conducted this morning from the West Front Street Church of God by Rev. George Wilson, and interment was in the Defevers Cemetery, under the direction of Crow Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T. Shaw, 5 brothers, Billy Joe, Jimmy Ray, Morris Lee, Thomas Wayne, Jerry Lane, 3 sisters, Mrs. Juanita Poynter, Robbie June Shaw, and Virginia May Shaw.”

This is one of the goriest murders in the history of Barren County. When county officials arrived, they found Mr. Shaw unresponsive on the bed, and he was not recognizable for all the blood spattered across him and onto the wall behind the bed. His head was badly bashed in to where nothing was left of his face to recognize. At the time of this incident, West Cherry Street ended where the intersection of Ford Drive and Samson Street meet with West Cherry Street. Ford Drive and the continuation from there of West Cherry Street was then, in 1955, Knob Road, which continued on and connected with Happy Valley Road. At the intersection of Samson Street and West Cherry, on the left today, sits Troy’s Barber Shop. This is where the house stood that Shaw was murdered in.


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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2 Responses to The Bloody Bed – 26 April 1955

  1. Mom says:

    Gross, cool and amazing!

  2. sandra walker says:

    My name is Sandra Walker. My family lived about three houses up the road from James Stewart Shaw. They were at our house the night he was killed.I remember them being there and the next morning my father Buster Walker walked down the road going to town he came back and told my Mother not to let any of us go down there.He had already found out about the murder.

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