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Lafayette Murder and Mayhem

Lafayette Murder and Mayhem

by W.C. Madden


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Lafayette and the surrounding communities hide a dark and violent history. Come with author W.C. Madden as he guides readers through the most lurid crimes, calamities and occurrences in the area's past. Read the last words of the men hanged in Lafayette's famous triple hanging and how a love triangle resulted in murder in Monticello. Find out why a bootlegger's body was found riddled with bullets in a strawberry patch and how Winnie Ruth Judd shot two people and stuffed their bodies into steamer trunks before carrying them onto a train. After reading these chilling accounts, you'll tread with more caution on your next trip through Tippecanoe and the surrounding counties.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596298996
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 03/28/2010
Series: Murder & Mayhem
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,137,549
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Author W.C. Madden has written more than twenty-four books during his forty-year writing career. He holds a degree in journalism and has worked as a sports reporter and editor with the Herald Journal, " the daily newspaper of record in Monticello, Indiana."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

Part I Tippecanoe County

The Three Hangings in Lafayette 13

Temperance Movement Begins in Lafayette 16

Train Accident Kills Thirty-five 20

The Guillotine Suicide 21

The Wild Fourth of July 22

Prizefighting Was Common in 1800s 23

Reverend Poisons Wife 24

Lynch Mob Nearly Hangs Double Murderer 27

The Rudolph Riot of 1893 28

Police Officer Dies Mysteriously 29

Woman Found Killed in Her Home 30

Worst Fires in Lafayette History 31

First Murderess of County Strikes 34

Man Kills Little Girl He Loved 36

Drunk Kills Man, Gets Life 37

Rich Farmer Kills Farmhand 38

KKJC Began in Lafayette in 1923 39

Prosecutor Kills Rumrunner 41

Police Captain Killed in Bank Robbery 42

Two Deputy Sheriffs Killed 44

Gangland Murder in 1930 46

Patrolman Shot to Death in Alley 47

Civilian Saves the Day in Police Shooting 49

Murder-Suicide Ruins Christmas 51

Police Officer Commits Murder-Suicide 53

Lafayette's Most Notorious Criminal 54

Missing Person Turns into Murder 56

Double Murder Leads to Death Sentence 58

Gruesome Murder Remembered by Many 62

Murder Case Overturned, but Results Same 65

Juvenile Kills Man in Hate Crime 67

Triple Murderer Gets Death Sentence 68

Purdue Professor Kills Wife 71

Stepmom Tortures Daughter to Death 72

Part II White County

Brady Gang Guns Down State Trooper 77

Cub Scout Gets Shot to Death 79

Burglary Turns into Murder 88

Love Triangle Results in Murder 93

Drunken Man Kills Girlfriend in Crash 105

Part III Carroll County

Suspect Hanged by Lynch Mob 111

Part IV Warren County

Woman Cuts up Victims, Stuffs in Suitcases 117

Part V Benton County

Man Kills Bride to Be 123

Bibliography 125

About the Author 127

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