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Murder of 2 young Moore girls 1895
Posted by: Betty Edmonds (ID *****1223) Date: April 01, 2002 at 17:06:52
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The Toccoa Times Friday Jan 3 1896
Keener will hang.
Monday night Judge Kimsey re-sentenced Seymour Keener, the Rabun County Murderer, who shot and killed his two pretty young lady cousins last spring. The date of the execution is set for Friday Jan 17th, next week, when Keener will expiate (?) his terrible crime upon the gallows. The hanging will be conducted in private according to law at the jail in Clayton. -Cleveland Progress (don't know what Cleveland Progress means).

The Toccoa Times Wed. Jan 15 1896
Keener Respirated
Sheriff Dockins of Rabun County was in Town Today and reports that Gov. Atkinson has respirated for 30 days,
W.S. Keener, the murderer of the Moore sisters in that county last summer, with on of which he was in love. He was to have been hung next Friday. Keener is to be tried by a lunacy board next week at Gainsville it is predicted that he will never hang.

The Toccoa Times Feb. 12 1896
He is sane
The jury in the Keener case at Clayton last Wed. decided that Keener is sane and unless the Gov. takes a hand in it he will be hung next Friday.

The Toccoa Times
Keener Swings
Executed at Clayton for the murder of his cousins, Seymour Keener who killed the girl he loved and her sister too, one pleasant summer afternoon in 1895, had his neck broken on a scaffold at Clayton Friday, the Death sentance was imposed by the jury of Rabun Co Superior Court a few months after the sweetest, pleasantest, and most popular young ladies of the County died in a grove near their home from pistol shot
wounds inflicted by Keener. It was Miss Arizona Moore and Miss Leona Moore both Cousins of Keener whose tragic deaths caused the hanging. And it was the first legal execution the county has ever known. The death warrant was read by the Sheriff in the prsence of a half dozen persons. Keener never flinched as he heard the words of the law which he was to die. At 12:30 He was called from his cell and escorted to the Gallows which had been erected in the enclosure. He walked with a steady step and went up the short stairway without a sign of the slightest emotion. He was stolid and apparently indifferent as the sheriff concluded reading the warrant. He laid out on the prison cot a new suit of clothes and underwear etc. At 1:14 o'clock the trap waf (?) sprung and Keener went down, the fall breaking his neck. 24 minutes later doctors pronounced him dead.

I found this quite by accident and wanted to share it. These people are not related to me and I know nothing more than what I posted above.

Betty Edmonds Lakemont GA

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