By Fred Harvey Harrington
Isaac C. Parker, the strict U.S. pass judgement on for Indian Territory from 1875 to 1896, introduced legislations and order to a lawless frontier sector. He held court docket within the border urban of castle Smith, Arkansas, yet his jurisdiction prolonged over the Indian tribal lands to the west. urgent juries for convictions, Parker despatched seventy-nine convicted criminals to the gallows-as many as six at a time. extra ofen than now not, in spite of the fact that, he handed sentences on millions of liquor buyers, rapists, and livestock and horse thieves-even throwing Belle Starr within the reformatory for stealing a horse from a crippled boy.
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Page 11 Execution of Crawford Goldsby (Cherokee Bill) at Fort Smith, March 1895. ) Page 12 A shackled Rufus Buck (second from right), photographed with his gang while awaiting trial in 1895. ) Page 13 Farewell note of Rufus Buck, written just before his execution and discovered in his cell. ) Page 14 Saturday street scene in Muskogee, Indian Territory, at the close of the nineteenth century. ) Page 15 Now in session, the new courtroom on Sixth Street in Fort Smith where Judge Parker held court from 189096.
This Judge Parker had few tears for those who died upon the scaffold. His tears were for the innocent, for the victims, for the families of the murdered men. When their son came, Isaac Parker's parents gave him a name from the Old Testament. And, as a frontier judge, Parker looked to the Holy Book for inspiration. " Would it have been better if His Honor had paid more attention to the Biblical passages about forgiveness? For an answer, look at the record of the star actors in the sextuple hanging of 1875.
The body was too badly decomposed to be identified with ease, but there was a patch over the left eye, and near by was a memo book in which Seabolt had signed his name. Arrested, Evans hired a crack lawyer, putting up Seabolt's horse as part of the counsel fee. Mistaken identity, the defense maintained, an error all round. But then the victim's father came in from Texas; and, in the language of Evans' lawyer, "the ... " To be specific, the senior Seabolt carefully described the horseshoe nails in his son's boots.