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William C. McAfee Murdered by James McGregor in 1931
Posted by: Jay McAfee (ID *****5224) Date: October 31, 2013 at 15:02:47
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The body of Clinton McAfee (possible error, Clayton), age 59, one of the victims of a quadruple tragedy at West Salem
was brought to Wadsworth, Wednesday evening for burial.
Funeral services were held this (Thursday) afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the Bicksler Funeral Home with Mowry's of
Wooster in charge, burial was made in Woodlawn Cemetery. McAfee was substitute night patrolman here last year.
McAfee was stabbed to death with a butcher knife by James McGregor, 60, West Salem farmer, who also killed his wife, Alice, 41, and stepson, Harold Ridley, 20, and himself, early Tuesday. A temporary fit of insanity has been given as the cause of the act.
McGregor after drenching his wife and stepson with kerosene
set fire to them. The mother and son died Tuesday noon at Lodi Hospital. McAfee, who boarded at the McGregor home, came to the aid of the victims and was stabbed to death. McGregor then hung himself in a nearby barn.
Mrs. Amelia Myers, 91, was rescued from the burning McGregor house by firemen.
McAfee is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Fred Myers of Western Star and Miss Ada McAfee of Wadsworth.

Wadsworth Banner Press, April 16, 1931


William Clayton McAfee (son of Robert McAfee & Sara Shelly of Wadsworth, Ohio).


Boarder Victim is RESCUED Leads to Tragedy. Boarder finds Wife and Son In Flames and Is Stabbed While Trying to Save them — Father Hangs Self in Barn. 'Medina, O,, April 15 (INS)— Four bodies— 'those of a father, a mother, a son and a boarder at their home — 'today lie at the morgue at Woos- ter, near here, offering much evidence of a tragedy in which the insane jealousy of the father, James McGregor, 60 drove him to slay his wife, children and {a friend and then hung himself in his barn. A 91-year,-old woman, Mrs. Amelia Myers, was in Cleveland today, where she was taken ' after firemen found her in her locked room in the McGregor home. While the mother, Alice, 41, and the son, Harold Ridley, 20, huddled together after a domestic quarrel, McGregor suddenly appeared and drenched them with kerosene. He followed this , by tossing lighted matches at them. - ' Clinton McAfee 59, a boarder in the home in West Salem, the scene of the tragedy, hearing the screams of the burning pair, came down .. from his room and picked up the son to carry him out to a water pump in an attempt to quench the flames. As McAfee threw water at the youth, McGregor ran out and stabbed the boarder with a butcher knife, piercing his heart. McAfee died instantly. Mother and son were rushed to a hospital where they died a short time later. Firemen, responding to an alarm by neighbors, rescued the aged woman, while they were seeking more ladders in the barn they came upon tho limp body of McGregor swinging from a rafter. The couple had, quarrelled- many times, neighbors verified;' Once, divorce proceedings had been started but were later dropped. McGregor was believed to have been uncontrollably jealous of his wife.



Tyrone Daily Herald
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Tyrone Daily Herald


Note: These McAfees were from Dalton, Ohio and Wooster, Ohio.

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