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Franklyn "Frank" Belew
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Birth: unknown
California, USA
Death: Jun. 16, 1898
Folsom
Sacramento County
California, USA

Frank was born approximately 1858. On August 1, 1888 in Colusa, he wed Tennessee Martin and they became the parents of two children. On November 7, 1897, because he felt he hadn't received a fair share of his father's estate, Frank poisoned his brother Louis and sister Susie at their home in Dixon. They died within 24 hours, and an analysis of the food and the water in the teakettle showed the presence of a large quantity of arsenic. Ironically, among the first to reach them was Frank. He helped the nurses make gruel, using the poisoned water and even held Susie's hands while she writhed in agony. At the funeral he was the chief mourner, and at first his guilt was not suspected. It wasn't until January when Frank's brother-in-law J. W. Bird came forward with a tale of Frank telling him prior to the murders about what he had planned. Frank was arrested in February and made a full confession two days later. He was sentenced to hang in June, eight months after the murders. Because his family didn't want him buried in the family plot at the Dixon Cemetery, his brother Arthur arranged for burial in Sacramento. 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas Belew (1830 - 1896)
  Bridgett Riley Belew (1829 - 1894)
 
 Spouse:
  Tennessee Dixie Martin Corrigan (1866 - 1935)*
 
 Children:
  Merritt Lynn Belew (1890 - 1967)*
  Thomas Raymond Belew Kavanaugh (1890 - 1955)*
 
 Siblings:
  Franklyn Belew (____ - 1898)
  Louis Belew (1856 - 1897)*
  Thomas Fletcher Belew (1864 - 1915)*
  Susie E. Belew (1867 - 1897)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
New Helvetia Cemetery (defunct)
Sacramento
Sacramento County
California, USA
Plot: Tier 4, Grave 11
 
Created by: Kathie
Record added: Jun 05, 2013
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Franklyn Frank Belew
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