Posted By:Nancie O'Sullivan
Subject:Robert Burns Murdered by Dr. W.D. Stovall, in Starkville,1857 article
Post Date:January 23, 2005 at 20:14:09
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Article was in the Yorkville Enquirer, S.C. , dated Jan. 29, 1857. Thought someone may the article interesting.
The Starkville ,[ Miss.], Advocate, contains the particulars of the horrible murder of Robt. Burns, proprietor of the Cottage Hotel in that place by Dr. W.D. Stovall, with who he had had a fight the day before. It says:
Going near BURN'S stable, DR. W.S. STOVALL, stopped the buggy, and walked withiin about 25 paces of BURNS, who was engaged in harnessing a horse, he beckoned to a negro who was standing near, to get out of the way, at the same time raising the gun and firing. At the instant of his firing, BURNS looked around and received the contents of the gun full in his face. He raised his hands to his eyes and sunk to the earth, exclaiming " my God". Upon this STOVALL advanced within ten paces and fired the second time, the whole charge taking effect in his back...Still not satisfied Stovall cooly approached him and drawing a pistol put it close to his head and fired again, he fired a fourth time into the body of the already dead man. MRS. BURNS and her children rushed from the house screaming, while DR. STOVALL cooly walked off, got into his buggy and drove away.
[ does anyone know if he got away with this murder ?]