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Christopher Casper "Jinks" Magee
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Birth: Oct. 12, 1884
Harrison County
Missouri, USA
Death: May 19, 1935
Harrison County
Missouri, USA


Chemical Analysis Shows
Strychnine in Bottle From
Which He Drank in City Jail

C.C. (Jinks) Magee, 50 years old, former resident of Bethany and New Hampton, died here early Sunday morning in the city jail, where he was an over night prisoner, and his death has been certified by Coroner J.P. Ragan of Ridgeway, as suicide.

He drank most of the liquid contents of a bottle which he had been carrying for about a week, since being in Bethany again, and which he had shown to a number of persons as medicine.

None of his acquaintances had seen him take any of this liquid for medicine, it was recalled immediately after his death. The quantity remained apparently the same. To one acquaintance he had remarked that he intended to take some of it "later."

After his death Coroner Ragan had a chemical analysis made of crystals which remained in the bottom of the bottle, and this disclosed that they were strychnine sulphate (sic). The analysis was made by Russell Culp, instructor in the Bethany school.

Mr. Magee had been living in St. Joseph for several months, where he was employed at the Swift & Co. packing plant. He had been ill of intestinal influenza recently, and to friends he explained that the liquid he carried was medicine which he had been ordered to take for a weakened heart.

Saturday night he went to the Bethany telephone office, where his recently divorced wife, now Miss Velma Funk, works as night operator, and insisted upon talking to her. Miss Funk notified Sheriff W.H. Webb, and he in turn informed Marshal Mart Taylor and Dick Stevenson, night watchman. They found Magee at the Butler pharmacy, where they explained to him they were going to lodge him in the city jail over night, to avoid the possibility of further complaint.

At the city jail he was searched by the two officers, and two bottles were taken from him. One was a small bottle about half filled with whisky (sic). Magee, however, was not intoxicated, the officers agree. The other bottle had held whisky (sic), but it then contained about two ounces of fluid in which there was a settling of crystals resembling salts. As they took the bottle from him, Magee asked (NOTE: the next five lines have been torn and can't read them)...had not been well, and also had heard of his saying that he was obliged to follow medical treatment. He had shown the bottle, casually, to a number of persons.

(NOTE: The next few words are unreadable)..or a little later that Magee was placed in the city jail and was locked in a cell. In the jail room a tramp also was sleeping that night.

Taylor and Stevenson left the city hall building, and it was not until about 2:00 o'clock in the morning that Stevenson came by there again in his rounds, and entered. Going to Magee's cell, he found the latter lying upon his face, his hands under him and clenched. Examining him, Stevenson found him dead. The "medicine" bottle was empty, except for the crystals in the bottom.

The tramp said he heard Magee groan several times and thresh about on his cot, then all was still.

Although suicide was suspected, the possibility that Mr. Magee had died of an over dose of a heart stimulant was also considered.

Mr. Magee was born and reared near New Hampton, but lived at Bethany several years while he was shipping manager for a farmers cooperative association. During that time he made his headquarters at the Flint grocery, and clerked there. He was 50 years old. His mother, Mrs. Betty Magee, resides in Bethany with Mrs. William Rogers.

Funeral services for Mr. Magee were yesterday at the Haas funeral home, conducted by the Rev. W.O. Dotson, with the assistance of Tracy Blessing. A New Hampton quartet, Charles Cover, William Cover, Fred Stewart and Port Fallis, sang; Perry Funk, William Dale, Bert Easton, Ray McDaniel, William Eckerson and John Bender acted as pallbearers. Burial was at Foster cemetery (sic), near New Hampton.

Family links: 
  Mason Henry Magee (1859 - 1901)
  Elizabeth Clouse Magee (1863 - 1942)
  Oscar Leonard Magee (1881 - 1961)*
  Walter Beecher Magee (1881 - 1921)*
  Christopher Casper Magee (1884 - 1935)
  Luther Hershel MaGee (1892 - 1962)*
*Calculated relationship
Foster Cemetery
New Hampton
Harrison County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Peggy Bargen Duey
Record added: Jul 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55079566
Christopher Casper Jinks Magee
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