FROM "THE SHERMAN DAILY REGISTER," SHERMAN, TEXAS, MONDAY JUNE 11, 1894 Murder
Creed Herndon fires eight bullets into the body of J.J. Reasor near Collinsville--Herndon makes his escape but officers are in pursuit. The murder unprovoked.
A horrible murder occurred near Collinsville about 7 o'clock yesterday evening. J.J. Reasor, who lives just over the Cooke County line, was shot and killed by Creed Herndon. The shooting was witnessed by a young son of Reasor. He states that Herndon came to the house and he and Reasor sat down on the porch and were talking. They did not appear to be quarreling. Herndon called Reasor's attention to a rabbit in the yard and as Reasor turned his head Herndon shot him behind the ear. Herndon fired two more shots, both of which took effect. Reasor ran around the corner of the house and fell. Herndon then reloaded his pistol and fired five more shots into the prostate form. He then walked away to the home of Hugh Burns, where he told about the killing, giving as a reason that Reasor had insulted and assaulted him. He told Burns that he was going to kill his wife who had lately separated from him, and that he would then kill himself. Herndon then mounted his horse and started west and at midnight last night was seen at Burn's City. Herndon has been drinking heavily for some time and a short time since his wife was forced to leave him. She was raised by a brother of Reasor's and when she left her husband was given a home on Reasor's farm. No motive for the shooting has yet been discovered and it is believed that Herndon was crazed with liquor. Squire Reasor was one of the best known men of Cooke County, having served several terms as assessor and for years as Justice of the Peace of his precinct. He was sober, peaceable and prosperous and the feeling against his murderer is intense. The Cooke County officers are after Herndon and if he is caught an attempt at lynching will undoubtedly be made. ******************************************************** THE SHERMAN DAILY REGISTER Jun 12, 1894 Esquire J.J. Reasor was shot Sunday evening by Craig Herndon. Mr. Reasor was well known and popular, living in the south east part of the county near Collinsville. He was a good citizen and pleasant gentleman of the old Virginia style. Herndon, who had married a step-daughter of Mr. Reasor in Virginia, had trouble with his wife. They lived near Mr. Reasor. Mr. Herndon had been gone for some time and returned Sunday morning. He came to Reasor's Sunday afternoon. They talked for two hours and finally Herndon drew his postol and shot Reasor through the head from behind. He then shot him seven more times. He then went to a neighbor's house where his wife was, but did not see her. He left immediately. The sheriff sent out the following: $100 reward will be paid for the arrest of "A white man named Craig Herndon, about 30 years old, fair complexion, dark hair, prominent forehead, dark eyes, sandy mustache, but dyed black, about 5 ft, 9 in. tall, weight 155-160 lbs. Last seen wearing dove colored suit, cut-away coat, straw hat, gaiter shoes, white shirt with black dots and has a 38 caliber pistol. Mr. Reasor was buried Monday with Masonic honors.