Tag Archives: Bowles family

Encounter at the Bowles Place

Throwback Thursday, anyone? Okay, I’ve been holding out on you! I need to put you on the edge of your seat. A genuine, firsthand encounter – Lol, sorta. Back in the 1990s, adrenaline junkie years, we enjoyed going to reputed … Continue reading

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The Tale of Two Naughty Ladies

I am about to embark on a series of short tales, mainly obituary type articles that ran in the newspaper at the time of the occurrence, and I will try to add dates as I am able. The series will … Continue reading

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Matthews Family Tragedy at Oleoak

The small community of Oleoak has had its share of tragedies, and the neighborhood is imbued with a haunted feeling that is pervasive in its melancholy essence. Home to several family burial grounds, you can also add many untold tragedies … Continue reading

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The Penalty for Murder – March 10, 1899

John H. Franklin, murderer of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary Bowles, was hanged at the jail in Glasgow on Friday morning, March 10, 1899, at 7:15 in the morning.  His neck was broken by the fall and he suffered very little, … Continue reading

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Two Peas in a Pod – December 1898

John Franklin, murderer of Mrs. William J. Bowles, was taken to Bowling Green after his capture for safekeeping, and he was brought back to Glasgow on Sunday, December 11, 1898, to be arraigned.  The motion for a rehearing in the … Continue reading

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Captured! 21 November 1898

On the night of September 19, 1898, John Franklin assassinated his mother-in-law, Mrs. William Bowles, by shooting her through her bedroom window with a double-barrel shotgun. An extensive search of the county and surrounding ones were made, and a large … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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