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Re: Murder
Posted by: Richard lake (ID *****8414) Date: February 25, 2011 at 06:02:20
In Reply to: Re: Murder by Patricia Robbins of 926

Pat: Accounts of the incident were carried in "The Arkansas Gazette" and "The Arkansas Democrat", both published in Little Rock. I access them thru a database called "19th Century Newspapers", to which my local library subscribes. Do you think this is the case which you asked about? If so, I can furnish you with more details although none of the articles say why Darr and Reynolds killed Burns and nothing is said about Burns killing Darr's wife. If this is family lore, then take it with a grain of salt, particularly the claim that Darr's wife was "Indian". For whatever reasons, folks often want to make a Native American connection but more often than not the connection is pure fantasy. Bottom line, Darr and Reynolds were convicted and sentenced to 5 years each but shortly thereafter, Governor Jones pardoned them at least partly due to a huge petition signed by more than 2,000 citizens of the area. Both defendants were described as being peaceable men of high standing and excellent reputations whereas Rev. Burns was described as being a turbulent and dangerous man. Burns' wife filed a civil law suit againt Darr/Reynolds for $25,000 damages but I don't know what happened to that case. I imagine that a local paper, say out of Hot Springs, might have carried more details. Rick

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