Remembering Ella: A 1912 Murder and Mystery in the Arkansas Ozarks

Remembering Ella: A 1912 Murder and Mystery in the Arkansas Ozarks

by Nita Gould

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ISBN-13: 9781945624179
Publisher: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Edition description: 1
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 175,055
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author


Nita Gould is an avid student of Ozarks history and a preservation enthusiast. She successfully nominated several Boone County, Arkansas, properties to the National Register of Historic Places, including her own Barham ancestral home. She works in the field of information technology in Tulsa.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Preface 13

Part 1 Ella Barham

1 Who Was Ella Barham? 22

2 Courting Ella 31

Part 2 The Murder (November 21, 1912 - December 31, 1912)

3 The Morning of November 21, 1912 43

4 Searching for Ella 49

5 Planning the Coroner's Inquest 53

6 Sheriff James Helm and the Bloodhounds 55

7 A Fever of Excitement 58

8 The Fallen Treetop 59

9 The Footprints at the Creek 61

10 The Press Coverage Begins 63

11 The Initial Coroner's Inquest 66

12 Laying Ella to Rest 69

13 The Peppered Socks 72

14 Who Was Odus Davidson? 76

15 Springfield Suspects 79

16 The Ravine and a Trail of Blood 81

17 Finding the Axe 83

18 Kansas Davidson Hires a Defense 85

19 A Second Arrest and the Move to Berryville 88

20 The Pistol and the Prosecutors 91

21 The Coroner's Inquest in Zinc 95

22 The Verdict of the Coroner's Jury 105

23 The Barhams Grieve 110

24 Waiting for the Grand Jury 114

25 A Gunfight and the Bond of Brotherhood 120

Part 3 The Trial (January 1, 1913 - February 3, 1913)

26 Grand Jury Indictment 123

27 Jury Selection 132

28 Dr. Taylor Testifies 138

29 A Strong Chain of Evidence 145

30 The State Introduces the Axe 155

31 State Chemist Declares Blood on Axe Is Human 162

32 "I Will Get Even With Her" 168

33 Ella's Family and Friends Testify 174

34 A Surprise Witness from Cleburne County 180

35 Margie and Cora Potts Testify for the Defense 184

36 Odus Davidson's Sisters Testify 190

37 Odus Davidson's Parents Testify 196

38 The State's Rebuttal 200

39 Judge Reed Instructs the Jury 204

40 Closing Arguments 206

41 The Verdict of the Circuit Court 211

42 "They All Lied on Me" 214

43 Was Davidson's Conviction Legal? 216

44 February 3,1913: Judge Reed Sentences Davidson 219

Part 4 Letters to Ella's Mother 225

Part 5 The Appeals (February 4, 1913 - August 8, 1913)

45 Filing the Appeal: Where Was E. G. Mitchell? 233

46 The Berryville Jailbreak Attempt 239

47 Writing the Briefs for the Arkansas Supreme Court 243

48 May 19, 1913: Mitchell Argues the Appeal Before the Arkansas Supreme Court 246

49 Seawel Defends the State's Case 258

50 A Funeral for Ella, Armed Horsemen in the Dead of Night and Decoration Day 263

51 June 9, 1913: The Opinion of the Arkansas Supreme Court 268

52 "Is That So?" 276

53 A Tearful Goodbye 280

54 The Governor's Proclamation 283

55 Mitchell Pleads for Time 288

56 Mitchell and the Governors 293

Part 6 The Hanging (August 9, 1913 - September 15, 1913)

57 Davidson's Last Train Ride 301

58 August 11, 1913: Execution Day 306

59 Last Words 311

Part 7 Aftermath

60 Folklore and Ghosts 320

61 Who Killed Ella Barham? 325

62 Endings 330

Epilogue 337

Appendix A People 338

Appendix B Zinc: The Joplin of North Arkansas 347

Appendix C The Appeals of Odus Davidson and Leo Frank 356

Notes 359

Bibliography 422

Index 436

About the Author 451

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