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Pat: The database I referenced in my last post doesn't contain any Missouri newspapers for the period in question. Frankly, you furnish so little basic information that it's very difficult to really help you. It would be quite a coincidence if there were two murders, both around the same time, in fairly close proximity with both accused having the surname Darr. Possible, yes, likely, no. The fact is that W. E. Darr of Pope County was found guilty of killing Rev. Sam Burns somewhere near Ozark, Arkansas in 1897. Maybe there was another Darr who killed someone in Springfield, Missouri around 1897 but my gut tells me such a scenario is remote. From all accounts, the W. E. Darr of Pope was a young man from a well-respected family with roots in the area. How else can you account for a petition to pardon with over 2,000 signatures from local folks? Have you researched in census records to get a handle on exactly who you are looking for? The reason I ask is that you state that Darr was in Madison County in 1900 yet I didn't find ANY Darr surnamed individuals in the 1900 census for Madison County. My search was quick and cursory so maybe I just missed him or the name was butchered. Rick