Joseph Humphries Captured

The Free Press
Cartersville, Georgia
September 27, 1883, page 2
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Joseph Humphries
He Is Finally Captured After a Lapse of Twelve Years.

Many of our citizens, no doubt, remember the killing of an infant in Kingston Tuesday morning, June 15, 1871, by its father, Joseph M. Humphries, who was tried, convicted and sentenced at the August term in the same year to be hanged Friday, September 29, 1879. Judge Parrott was then on the bench, and by him Humphries was sentenced. It will be remembered, also, that Humphries, together with six other prisoners, escaped from the jail by cutting out the flooring and tunneling under the walls, on Wednesday night, August 27, 1871. Three of the prisoners were captured soon thereafter, and the whereabouts of the other one remained a mystery.

Humphries, since his escape, has been living in Pickens and Cherokee counties, and, it seems, put himself to no trouble to get out of the way of the law. Several days ago, though, he was recognized by Boad Harris at Canton, who immediately advised Deputy Sheriff W. A. Kitchens. He was rearrested and placed in the jail at Canton, and the Bartow officials were advised of this fact. Deputy Sheriff Franklin and his son, Hort, went to Canton last week and brought the prisoner down.

Humphries has been in a stupor ever since he was brought here, and cannot be aroused. While some say he is “possuming,” others claim that he is in “a trance.” He remains stretched out all the time, never arising, and has not eaten anything since he has been placed in our jail.


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