Collection of Carrington Simpson Mass Murder Trial Papers
Contains legal manuscripts from the 1840-41. Mass-Murder Trial of Carrington Simpson containing his confession, attorney's notes, lists of jurors, an autobiographical account of his life recorded by Spencer, and early records of Spencer's career.
This collection contains Samuel A. Spencer's legal documents from the 1840-1841 murder trial of Carrington Simpson, including Simpson's confession, Spencer's attorney notes, lists of jurors, an autobiographical account of Simpson's life recorded by Spencer; as well as records from Spencer's earlier career.
This archive reveals the details of the 1838 murder of five members of the White Family of Greensburg, Kentucky by Carrington Simpson, his friend, Jason Bell and Bell's step-son, Pleasant Sadler. The three men used shovels to murder Lucinda White, a wealthy widow and the rest of her family.
It was generally known that the Whites were planning to move to Alabama, and the conspirators relied on this knowledge to prevent suspicion about the family's absence. The subsequent appearance of possessions belonging to the White family among Simpson's family aroused suspicion, and in March 1840 Simpson was arrested. The White family's remains were discovered in a shallow grave on Simpson's farm, and Simpson confessed his crime and named his co-conspirators.
Bell and Sadler were tried jointly for murder in June 1840, but the trial resulted in a hung jury. In November 1840 Bell was tried separately and convicted, but his sentencing was suspended until August 1841, at which time Sadler and Simpson were also tried separately and convicted. All three were sentenced to hang.
Bell and Sadler shared a cell after sentencing and when Bell was found dead, it was suspected that Sadler smothered his step-father before hanging himself. In the end, Simpson faced the hangman alone before a crowd of 10,000 people in Greensburg on September 21, 1841.
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Section talking about the murders from A history of Kentucky : embracing gleanings, reminiscences, antiquities, natural curiosities, statistics, and biographical sketches of pioneers, soldiers, jurists, lawyers, statesmen, divines, mechanics, farmers, merchants, and other leading men, of all occupations and pursuits (Louisville, Ky. : Bradley & Gilbert, 1872)