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"oliver t bentley" Discussed on Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories
"With you? Boy, it's the middle of the night urgent. Telegraph Mr. Clayton from plumber Ville must be from John. No telling what trouble he's gotten into down there. I can't find those blasted spectacles reforming. We'll you William H h Clayton stop John shot in Plummer Ville. Stop come at once. If able what was that give it here? Oh my God. This killed him by the time. William Clayton arrived in Plummer, Bill on January thirtieth Americans across the country were unfolding their newspapers to discover that a US congressional candidate had been assassinated, although far from a household name, William's, brother. John had gained public notoriety due to his particularly tempestuous campaign for Arkansas's second seat in the house of representatives. He had lost to the incumbent democrat Clifton Breckenridge. But when reports of flagrant election fraud in Conway county reached John's ears. He had decided to investigate John Clayton. Had been in Plummer Ville. A city in Conway county looking into the election when a shotgun blast came through the window of his boarding room, killing him instantly. William was still processing the news of John's death when he stepped off the train into plumber Ville. He was directed to the edge of town where a crowd of onlookers was. Still gathered around a small one story boarding house. He was disturbed note, the ugly jovial mood of the crowd, which grew more hostile as he made his way towards the house, excuse me. Please let me through, please just where do you think you're going? This is a crime scene. I'm well aware. I'm here to collect my brother's body, another Clayton. I thought you lot would've learned your lesson by now. Excuse me. What's your name, sir? I've half a mind report you to the sheriff sheriff Shelby's out of town at the moment. So who's in charge here that would be me deputy Oliver t Bentley at your service all be running the investigation until the sheriff gets back. Well, last just. Wait. Did you say your name was Bentley? William must have been shocked to find his brother's crime scene being managed by Oliver. Bentley. The prime suspect in the ballot box robbery that had determined the course of the November election to make matters worse. When Oliver's older brother, George attempted to testify against him. Oliver, Bentley shot George dead then claim the shooting had been an accident. Bentley shouldn't have been able to walk around freely. Let alone be the lead detective in an assassination that he was likely responsible for yet. Bentley's involvement was only the first indication that something was amiss with the investigation into John's death. William was greeted at the boardinghouse door by its owner, a widow named MRs mcraven. She directed him to the back room which was dimly lit to the blanket, that had been draped over the shattered window by all accounts. It was a grisly scene. The body had been moved to the side of the room out of the large pool of blood on the center of the carpet, a folded blanket had been placed beneath the remnants of John Clayton's head. He had been nearly decapitated by the shotgun, blast with no help from the locals William hurried to remove John's body from plumber Ville as quickly as possible bringing it to Little Rock. Meanwhile, the investigation into John's murder continued under the leadership of the man who should have been the prime suspect. Oliver Bentley organized a coroner's jury of his friends to search for in review. The evidence all were wealthy Democrats many with histories of election fraud as rich as Bentleys. One member of the jury was Bob pate, the owner of a dingy saloon, where the white Conway county Democrats were known to gather painted organized the poker game during which the Republican election Judge Charles wall had been nearly killed after he claimed to have recognized Oliver. Bentley's voice among the ballot box thieves. Painted spent the bulk of the eighteen eighty eight election. Intimidating black voters away from the polls, two years earlier in eighteen eighty six he had been involved in another brazen act of ballot stuffing, Bob pate and a friend had staged a mock fight in the middle of the polling place, bystanders hurried to get out of the way of the scuffling men, who somehow managed to knock over the ballot box and scattered the votes across the floor when the fight ended and the scattered votes were gathered again, a hundred new ballots had mysteriously made their way into the pile. Oliver Bentley chose this man and others like him to make his coroner's jury it should come as little surprise that such a group found almost nothing value at the crime scene. The only clues they reported where some gun powder on the window, sill through, which Clayton had been shot, and a set of footprints frozen in the mud outside the boarding house. The tracks appeared to have been left by two men wearing rubber boots when that looked old and warn the other brand new with this extremely limited amount of evidence. The coroner's jury determined that John Clayton had been killed by unknown persons. Conway county Democrats were eager to leave it at that, but the rest of the country was not. So ready to move on the American public was captivated by the flagrant murder of a congressional candidate and millions wanted answers while the public couldn't assist an investigation, they could ensure that John Clayton became a celebrity in his death. Five thousand mourners attended his funeral in pine bluffs, so many that his family chartered a train to transport them special attention, was paid to the fates of John six children, who were now orphans in the wake of their father's assassination, ultimately John's brothers William and Powell would each adopt. Three of the children, the publicity was a source of embarrassment for Arkansas Democrats overnight, the political violence, that had plagued their state for decades was thrust into the national spotlight Democrats and Republicans across the country took every opportunity to condemn, the heinous crime newspaper headlines once again, recounted the events of the tempestuous fraud-riddled November election, the Kansas house of representatives insisted that congress step in to restore order in Arkansas, and urged them to declare martial law in the state if necessary on February second, the US house of representatives began make. Plans for a congressional investigation into the election and murder. John Clayton's family was not satisfied with the speed at which things were progressing as soon as their brother had been laid to rest in pine bluffs. William and Powell started talking about John's killer..
"oliver t bentley" Discussed on Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories
"Over I lost you were robbed. There would have been enough votes in that box to give you the win. Forget that irregularities in the rest of the county. You're right. All we have to do is prove it. You wanna contest the election. These Democrats have made a mockery of Arkansas is elections for long enough. Now they think they can tamper with a federal election. I'd say it's high time, someone held them accountable that winter John Clayton began making preparations to appeal his loss to Breckenridge. It's hard to blame him considering the elections many irregularities, and the narrow margin he'd lost by less than two tenths of one percent of the total vote. His first step was to hire a plumber Ville man to go door to door collecting names of citizens who had voted Republican, the Republican party announced that it would award one thousand dollars to anyone with information about the ballot box theft with inflation that would be over twenty five. Thousand dollars today the plumber Ville Democrats who had been behind the ballot box robbery started to worry that they had gone too far while intimidation and ballot stuffing had become the norm in local elections in Conway county, interfering in the election of US. Congressman was another matter. Meanwhile, Republicans had secured both the presidency in a majority in congress in the November six election making the threat of federal investigation. A real possibility is specially if John Clayton refused to let things lie. We'll hear about the attempted cover up in response to John Clayton's inquiries after this. And now back to our unsolved murder after the November sixth eighteen eighty eight Conway county elections for representing Arkansas's second. Congressional district were contested Democrats, and Republicans alike took action, John Clayton in the Arkansas Republican party began to investigate the irregularities. Meanwhile, Plummer, Ville Democrats launched their own campaign to silence. Any potential witnesses Charles wall de election judge who had been held at gunpoint by the ballot bucks thieves testified that he had recognized the voice of the sheriff's chief deputy Oliver t Bentley. Oliver Bentley was a thin, why remand and his early thirties, he was remembered by his grandson is having many peculiar habits such as rye. Writing a diary in code, and always eating dessert before his meal continuing their flagrant disregard for truth and law. The Conway county Democrats responded to the allegations of election tampering by placing Bentley on a committee tasked with investigating the election fraud, as you might guess that committee revealed nothing about the robbery, but all of our Bentley was still in hot water in late November, Oliver's, older, brother, George was spotted in the presence of Pinkerton detective Albert would George belly who's asking detective Elber? Would what did you wanna see me about the plumber Ville ballot-box business, a November sixth? What do you know, I know a lot, a hell of a lot the identity of the thieves? Maybe but before I say anything, I want to guarantee that, I'll be protected, and I want that thousand dollar reward. I'll see what I can do. We can't know for sure whether George Bentley would have given up his brother because he never got the chance. A November twenty seventh only three weeks after the election. Oliver Bentley took his brother to visit a saddle shop in moral tin. The shop was owned by William wood, no relation to Albert would another of the sheriff's deputies who had ridden with brothers on election night. Hey, all over. Hey, George Howdy. Will Oliver wanted to combine sue the new Smith and Wesson just got one in. She is a beauty yeller the news. Jim saw Pinkerton fell snooping around. No, I hadn't heard must be looking for witnesses can't imagine the find any here, not in Conway county right George care for your point that thing Oliver Oliver. According to reports all over Bentley was examining a Smith and Wesson, revolver. When the gun accidentally went off shooting his older brother in the head and killing him instantly Oliver must have been very clumsy because he accidentally shot, George five times. Oh, in any case, George was no longer around to turn state's witness. But that still up the matter of Charles wall. The election judge who had recognized Oliver Bentley's voice in mid December of eighteen eighty eight two weeks after George was gunned down in the saddle shop. Charles wall was playing cards with some of his democrat neighbors in a plumber Ville, saloon. Fold and that's it for me. Looks like it's almost midnight. One more hand Charles. I'll go easy on you. Maybe one more and one more drink. Hey, watch it there. Sorry. Sorry, got it all of your seat to here. Let's just which. Jason around midnight, one of the plumber Ville Democrats change seats with wall placing him near a glass door to pair flush. Ear. Charles, are you all right. Get away for me. You all of you. You try to kill me. Not long after they had changed seats, someone outside fired in through the glass door. The bullet grazed walls neck and tore off his ear wall sprinted out of the building, as fast as he could. And the next day he fled to Little Rock never to return, while accused the mini played cards with attempted murder, but none of them were charged. None, except wall himself that is day Conway county grand jury later indicted him for gambling, while payday ten dollar fine, rather than return to the city and fight the charge with the local democrat government backing the ballot box thieves. It seemed that they would never be brought to Justice, but for Bentley and his ballot snatching, comrades, it was too soon to celebrate. Where's Tom.