|Death: ||Feb. 18, 1878|
Placer Weekly Argus, Auburn, Saturday, 3-2-1878
Hunted Down Capture and Death of Ah Sam, the Rocklin Murderer
Last September the public were horrified by the announcement that a triple murder had been committed near our neighboring town of Rocklin by Chinese, and that Ah Sam was the name of the principal murderer. The facts are too fresh in people's minds to need any extended reference to the case now. We will just state that the victims were H. N. Sargent, X. L. Oder, and Mrs. Oder. A number of Chinamen were arrested on suspicion, but all, with the exception of one Hin Fook, have been discharged. Rewards for the arrest of the murderer were shortly offered. Without awaiting any such stimulus, however, a vigorous search for the criminal was prosecuted by a number of parties whose attention was chiefly directed to the mining camps in the county. Mr. John C. Boggs of Penryn, who enjoys a well-earned reputation as a detective and who is never so much in his element as when he is tracking a fugitive from justice, made the most persevering and elaborate search for the missing Ah Sam. He visited many parts of this state and of Nevada, following up an occasional clue, but generally finding himself baffled by the secret aid rendered to the Chinese assassin by his countrymen. Recently, however, he became satisfied that Ah Sam was in Plumas County. On the 5th of February, Mr. Boggs, accompanied by Thomas Johnson, Richard Jacks, and a Chinaman of this town named Ah Bing, went to Spanish Ranch in that county to which place they had tracked Ah Sam. Thus it became known to the residents of that vicinity that the murderer was in the county and a watch was kept for him. On the 12th, a couple of men came to Rich Bar, a mining camp seven miles from Spanish Ranch, and told of a Chinaman having suspiciously and suddenly disappeared from Wolf Creek. The scent was lost until the 16th when a Mr. Ira Wentworth, living half a mile from Rich Bar, came to the latter place and hearing of the pursuit, mentioned that fact of a Chinaman having come to his house the night before, begging for something to eat, that he had not eaten anything for some days, and that he had been camping in the snow above his place for a couple of days past. Hearing these particulars, a couple of young menThomas J. Stentz and Alexander Buyinghausenset off in company with Wentworth to capture the Chinaman. Wentworth, finding the Chinaman had deserted his camping place, gave up the hunt and went home. The other two kept on and soon had the satisfaction of descrying the object of their search further up the hillside. He had a pair of Norwegian snow-shoes and was standing, leaning on a snow-shoe pole, looking down at them. Presently he moved on towards an adjacent cliff and awaited their coming. The pursuers were armed with a revolver and a shotgun. The murderer was also armed. They called to him to come out and surrender, but they received no answer. He popped his empty hat up above the rock to draw their fire, but in this he did not succeed. He then fired at them but missed, owing to the hastiness of his aim. The two men fired at him a number of times without avail. He was too well fortified. After half an hour fruitlessly spent in endeavoring to persuade him to surrender, Buyinghausen was sent back to Rich Bar for reinforcements. Stentz kept guard alone for two hours or more. Meanwhile it was raining heavily. About an hour after Buyinghausen's departure, the Chinaman feigned suicide by firing his pistol and groaning behind the rock. Stentz, believing this was "playing possum" was wide-awake enough to not allow himself to be caught off his guard. In a few minutes he popped his head up again and tried to get a shot at Stentz but seeing the latter was ready with the shotgun, he changed his mind. Being again called upon to surrender and being told that if he did so he would not be molested, he answered Stentz that he might "go to hell." Sometime afterwards, when six or seven armed men had arrived and finding escape impossible, the Chinese desperado shot himself in the abdomen. He died on Monday morning, the 18th. His body was packed in snow, and it was brought to Auburn last Sunday. At an inquest held by the Coroner, the deceased was fully identified by various parties as Ah Sam. His Chinese name was Jee Ah Yoo, and his age about 24 years. On Monday the pine coffin containing his remains was deposited in the Chinese Cemetery. Thus ends the career of one of the most blood-thirsty Chinese ruffians with whom California has ever been cursed.
He may have been moved to.
Odd Fellows Lawn Cemetery and Mausoleum
Plot: Sec. 26-B SSP POTTERS FIELD Tier D Gr 150
Note: Went by "Ah Sam"
Created by: Glenda Ragan
Record added: Jul 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73910484
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