Pearl Bryan

One of the most, maybe *the* most, sensational crimes in Northern
Kentucky history is the bizarre saga of Pearl Bryan

Read all about it, here

Pearl Bryan

Pearl Bryan
 Scott Jackson  Alonzo Walling

 

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Scene of Pearl Bryan Murder 
 

 

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Alexandria Jail where they held Jackson and Walling

“The citizens of Alexandria, to which Jackson and Walling were removed, are
 circulating a petition to Judge Helm asking that the execution be held in their town.”
from the Richmond, Kentucky, Climax, March 10, 1897

 

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The Jury
Scott Jackson's jury
(Walling had a separate trial)

Jackson and Walling, the hanging.
(more about the picture is here)

 

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The Hanging of Pearl Bryan's Killers The Hanging of Pearl Bryan's Killers

 

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These five pictures are all from the Mysterious murder of Pearl Bryan, or, The headless horror: a full account of the mysterious murder known as the Fort Thomas tragedy, from beginning to end ; full particulars of all detective and police investigations ; dialogues of the interviews between Mayor Caldwell, Chief Deitsch and the prisoners.  It's from 1896.

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L. D. Poock The Lane on the Locke Farm

Searching the Covington
Reservoir, for her head

Pearl boarding a carriage
    All of these illustrations are
from the Poock book. Poock was
the shoe salesman that identified
the shoe, and it's sale point.
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At the Greencastle home The Fort Thomas Mystery as
Solved Through the Shoes,
by L. D. Pock, illustrated
by J. N. Baker

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Make no mistake, the scene of the crime was a huge tourist draw.

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Sheet Music for Pearl Bryan

The are lyrics to to other, different ballads about Pearl Bryan here and here.

Folklorists, working with a collection of old songs at Western Kentucky University, have
 identified at least six different songs, with variations within those six, about Pearl Bryan.

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One of the most interesting things we've read on the Pearl Bryan Tragedy is this piece by Robert Wilhelm, who has looked at the circumstances, and argues that there may, indeed, have been reason to look beyond Jackson and Walling, who were swung into eternity protesting  their innocence, as the real killers.
"Cincinnati, May 16. - The prisoners in the Newport, Ky. jail sawed the hinges off the rear door at 8 o'clock to-night, and all escaped except Jackson and Walling, the alleged murderers of Pearl Bryan, who refused to leave, thinking they might be lynched."  The New York Times, May 17, 1896 "Robt. Laughlin, the wife-murderer, will be hanged Saturday at Brooksville, Ky.  Laughlin, who is now confined to jail with Alonzo Walling and Scot Jackson, has agreed to come back in spirit form to the hanging of Jackson and Walling." from Paris' Bourbon County News, January 5, 1897
One man's memory of visiting the scene of the crime as a small boy, here. "Independence, Ky., - Feb. 22 - Thos Hawkins, a wealthy young farmer hanged himself near here  Thursday night. He went crazy from reading the accounts of the Pearl Bryan murder case." from the Maysville Public Ledger, February 22, 1896

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They found her head! On at least 6 different occasions.    
September 27, 1897 August 18 and
August 22, 1902
February 19, 1907 November 27, 1908 May 18, 1911 November 7, 1934

For the record, NKYViews doesn't believe any of these are really Pearl. We could be wrong.

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