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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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His Last Desperate Attempts – February 1899

Though Bob Brown asserted he was confident the Court of Appeals would set aside the judgment of Barren Circuit Court, he last petitioned Governor Bradley to extend executive clemency in his case, which the Governor flatly refused to do. Brown … 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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Etched in Scarlet – 10 November 1898

While Barren county was still reeling from the atrocious murder of Mrs. William Bowles by her son-in-law, John Franklin, there was yet more tragedy to envelope the county. Robert Lincoln Brown, age 33, shot and killed his father-in-law, Alonzo McClellan, … Continue reading

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The Meddling Mother-In-Law – 19 September 1898

Much attention was given to this murder at the time of its occurrence, but shortly thereafter, Bob Brown went on a shooting rampage at his in-law’s house, killing his father-in-law, severely wounding his mother-in-law, and traumatizing his 10-year old niece. … Continue reading

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