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A- MILLIONAIRE WHO, AFTER FOUR MURDERS, MUST
SERVE LIFE TERM IN PRISON
"Memphis, Tenn., March 5.
John J. 'Hughes, millionaire
Arkansas planter,, murdered his
fourth victim in the wrong state.
Riches and power had brought
him unscathed .through three
similar, crimes in his own state.
But No.-:4'was killed in-Tennes-see.
Just for that little inadvertance
of location this grayhaired old
man whos&cold eyes give one the
shudders, has been sentenced to
spend the rest of, his life in the
1 Six days it took the jury to de
cide it, and that length of time
for a jury to be out making this
one of the most remarkable trials
on record, For 144 hours the 12
men balanced Hughes' good repu
tation when sober with his mur
derous hatred when drunk then
put him away beyond the tempta
tion to drink and kill.
And so they answered also the
hysterical prayers of two w.omen
the widows of Hughes' victims
Nos. 1 and 2.
Hughes came across the river
to Memphis one day last' sum
mer, and unmindful of the fact
tliat he wasn't in Arkansas, shot,
and shot to kill. With smoking
revolver in hand, withferocious
hatred in his eyes awaiting'a sign
of life in his victim, Hughes was
found crouching over the bleed
ing body of Tommie. Dolan for
mer jockey, in a hotel room.
The clerk raised the form of
the dying man and exclaimed:
"My.GodLYpu.Vc killed him!"
"Let mefinish him! Get away,
I say! Let me finish him!'' Hughe's '
cried again and 'again, 'his mur
derous anger unasUaged.-Officefs
overpowered him and for fhefirst
time in his- life th slayer of four
men'; spent an hour in jai'.-For
his prior murders in Arkansas
the rich planter hadn't even been
arrested.- His power was stronger
than the law hTArjcansas.
Eminent legaK talent procured
the release on bail, and Hughes
hurried back to Arkansas. There
he remained, fighting extradition
proceedings.. Gov. Donagheyof
Arkansas refused to honor extras
dition papers from Gov. Hooper.
An open rupture between the.
two .states was only averted when
a quiet,, gray-haired man, bent
and old, applied at the Memphis
jail fbr admittance.
"I'm Hughes and I'm tired of
the suspense. Lock me up."
The trial attracted hundreds of
Arkansas people asking for
Hughes' acquittal. They told how
good Hughes, was to the poor and
needy, how he carried food and'
clothing to the sick and helpless.
Probably that Was why the jury
added "with mitigating circum
stances" to jtheir first degree
murder verdict. That saved the
aged murderer from the gallows.
But the testimony of two
women prevented any chance of
,"Mrs. Ward, wffb shot your
first husband?" asked the prose
cutor. "J. J. Hughes killed him he.