On Thursday, 28 November 1928, JOHN WINTON THOMPSON committed a murder/suicide at Big Stone Gap, Wise County, Virginia, as described in the following newspaper account that follows.
Does anyone have any further information about Mrs. Rosa Catron or the events leading up to the murder/suicide.
Big Stone Gap, Wise County, Virginia Post; Wednesday, 5 December 1928:
TWO DEAD FROM DRINKING POISONG HERE THURSDAY [sic 28 November 1928]
John Thompson Forces Catron Woman to Drink Drug and Then Poisons Himself -- Both Die Within Few Minutes
"John Thompson, 55, former deputy sheriff of Wise County and road contractor, and Mrs. Rosa Catron, a resident of the district around the hosiery mill here, are both dead as the result of an affair which occurred Thursday morning at 11:00 o'clock in which Thompson is said to have forced the woman to drink a deadly poison at the point of a pistol and to have taken the remainder of the deadly poinson himself.
"Thompson it is stated went to a local druggist Thursday morning and purchased forty cents worth of strychnine and a bottle of Abbott Bitters. Upon being questioned by the drug clerk, he declared that he intended to poison some rats. He then went to the home of the woman, and according to her story told just before she died, poured the drug into the bottle and told her to drink it. When she refused, she said, he drew a pistol and threatened to shoot her. She complied and drank a part of the poison. He then told her what she had taken whereupoon she rushed of out the house to the home of a neighbor where she told her story as doctors worked over her in the half hour before her life was gone.
"Thompson was found in the Catron house dead as the result of drinking the remainder of the deadly durg.
"According to the woman, Thompson and she had been acquainted and had quarreled for reasons not disclosed. Thompson is survived by his wife and six children while Mrs. Catron is survived by three sons.
Funeral Saturday (sic 1 December 1928)
"Funderal services were conducted from the home of Mr. Thompson Saturday morning with Reverend Claudius F. Smith of the Episcopal Church in charge, assised by Rev. R. O. Eller of the M. E. Church South. The pallbearers were P. H. Kennedy, John Qualls, Caner Collier, G. E. Gilly, Charlie Stacy, and Earl Jones."
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