An American Journey
The Genealogy of the Curbow-Montoya Family
|You are currently anonymous Log In|
A Public Hanging in Texas
New York Times News Article describing the murder of Samual Houston Myers' third wife by one of his sons and a son-in-law over inheritance rights.
A PUBLIC HANGING IN TEXAS.
Published: A PUBLIC HANGING IN TEXAS.
Published: March 20, 1880 The New York Times
A PUBLIC HANGING IN TEXAS SUFFERING DEATH FOR THE MURDER OF A ,.STEP-MOTHER.
CLEBURNE, Texas, March 19. - The hanging of Samuel Houston Myers, in the jail yard to-day, was the first of a legal nature that ever occurred. in Johnson County. Mrs. Mary A. Hester on Feb. 21. 1877 was seated at the supper table, surrounded by her family, when a shot was fired through the window, carrying away the right side of her head and scattering the brains and portions of the skull over• the room. Mrs. Hester had been the third wife of Myers’s father, having married Hester after the death of her husband. The step-son entertained an enmity toward her, owing to a grievance growing out of a settlement of the estate, and it was for Mrs. Hester's assassination that he was hanged. The testimony against him was mainly circumstantial, al¬though it was backed up by the confession of his ac¬complice, James M. Bowden, who has also been con-victed. Bowden and Myers were brothers•ln-law. Thousands of people witnessed the hanging, which took place on the public plaza.
Note: “On his deathbed, James Bowden confessed to the murder of Mary Myers Hester,”