I recently had brief access to NY Times archives and noted that they ran two stories, in 1886 and 1887 regarding one 'Joseph McMeen' in the first story, and "William J. McMeen" in the latter. This person, from Juniata, was convicted in 1886 of poisoning his wife and sentenced to die. The first NYTimes story concerned his escape while his case was under appeal. The second, apparently after he was recaptured, said that the board of pardons in PA had reduced his sentence to life imprisonment.
I can't find anything in my research to match this fellow. Has anyone access to local papers for that time frame who could research this story a bit further, and, perhaps, hang W. J. on the right part of the family tree?
paul in gainesville
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