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Maggie Higgins Alder
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Birth: unknown
Death: Jul. 4, 1918
Bell County
Kentucky, USA

Whitley County Farmer, Indicted For Murder at Pineville Four Years Ago, Surrenders

PINEVILLE, Nov. 2. - Isham Alder of Emlyn, Whitley county, who was indicted by the grand jurt February 5, 1919, for the murder of Maggie Higgins Alder, his wife, came to Pineville Wednesday morning and gave himself up to the authorities, declaring that he is not guilty but that he wants to be cleared by law.

The woman was killed, apparently by a blow on the head, perhaps by the butt of a gun or some other blunt instrument, on July 4, 1918. A few days later the body was found behind a fence near the passenger station at Pineville, and was buried in the Wall's End cemetery. Later the body was exhumed, a few clothes and some gold fillings from her teeth taken for evidence. With these and a suit case checked at the Pineville station, she was definitely identified at Hazard where she owned a home and had lived many years. She seemed to have passed by two names, Maggie Higgins and Maggie Washburn, whether assumed or married names could not be learned.

Adler says he is 24 years old, and he does not look older, which would mean that he was 20 when the murder occurred. He said that he was not married to the woman but that he had known here for about a year before her death. He insists that he knows nothing at all about the murder and has not been in Pineville since he was 13 years old. He said he had been farming, mostly, since 1918, and that he had spent the greater part of the time in Whitley county. He declared that he was at home on the night of the murder. When asked why he was not in service in 1918, he replied that he had tried to go but was turned down.

The case will probably be set for trial during the November term of court.

Wallsend Cemetery
Bell County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: dm wms
Record added: Oct 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78834239

I am Sorry that, that had to happen to you the way that it did. You may be gone but you're not forgotten.
- Forallthelostlovedones
 Added: Jul. 6, 2013
I am SO sorry that this happened to you. Rest in peace.
- At The Beginning
 Added: Jun. 27, 2013

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