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1903 Pecos County crime-Mitchell County arrest
Posted by: Loyd M. Bishop (ID *****2793) Date: March 19, 2013 at 09:39:23
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I am looking to confirm the incident described in the next paragraph is from a January 19, 1903 news article from Fort Wayne, Indiana. A sensational story, similar news items appeared in newspapers all over the USA.

Apparently in an effort to gain his inheritance without the long wait, Robert Ray, by administering poison to his uncle and two aunts, thought he had killed them. Soon after he thought the people were dead, Ray loaded his wife and child into buckboard and started across the country for Pecos City. There he boarded a train for Colorado City. Arriving there the news of his atrocious crime had preceded him. An officer spotted him as he stepped off the train, but when Ray caught sight of the sheriff he realized his crime was known and he was a wanted man. He quickly swallowed a dose of strychnine, the same poison he had given his family. It is said Ray died on the depot platform a few minutes later.

His two aunts died, but T. J. Ray survived his attempted murder. He later resided in Roswell, New Mexico. The two Aunts are buried at Tamarisk cemetery, Grandfalls, Texas.

I wonder if there is a local newspaper account if this incident, and, if he did die, if Robert Ray was buried in Colorado City, or elsewhere.

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