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 W “Billy” Glenn

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W “Billy” Glenn

Birth
Death 13 Oct 1907 (aged 39–40)
McKittrick, Kern County, California, USA
Burial McKittrick, Kern County, California, USA
Memorial ID 107885401 View Source
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From the Los Angeles Herald October 13, 1907

MANIAC RUNS AMUCK, FATALLY STABS SELF

EMPLOYES AT OIL WORKS ARE THROWN INTO PANIC

William Glenn Becomes Insane and Chases Chinese with Knife. Tries to Kill Other Men
By Associated Press. BAKERSFIELD, Cal., Oct. 12.— William Glenn, well known In this vicinity, employed by the Vishnu Oil company In San Luis Obispo county, became suddenly Insane yesterday and, nude, chased the Chinese cook from one of the cottages. When the Chinese escaped Glenn turned and burled the eight-inch blade of a knife In his own body. Glenn then went to a bunk house where Fred Sperry and two companions were and tried to batter down the door. The ocoupants had been awakened by the screams of the maniac and Chinaman and had grabbed their guns to protect themselves. The crazy man finally forced a partial entrance into the house and Sperry broke the stock of a gun over Glenn's head and knocked the knife out of his hands. Both stooped for the knife, but Glenn got It, and failing to reach Sperry, again plunged the weapon into his own abdomen and neck. He made still another effort to get into the house and Sperry again hit him over 'the head with the butt of a gun, dazing him. The loss of blood was beginning to weaken the maniac and he walked off and the men were able to control him. Word was sent for help, but the man's abdomen was literally hacked to pieces, and he died in a few hours.

http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=LAH19071013.2.13#



From the Morning Echo Bakersfield Newspaper - October 12, 1907.

October 11. At about 5 o'clock this morning Fred W. Sperry and two companions sleeping in the bunk house on the Vishnu Oil Company's lease about twenty-one miles souththwest of McKittrick, were awakened by a series of unearthly yells originating in an adjoining bunk house and looking out they saw a terrible sight. Billy Glenn, one of the employees of the lease, stark naked and apparently insane, with a long butcher knife in his hand was chasing the Chinese cook around the bunk house and making the air hideous with blood curdling yells. After the Chinaman had made his escape down the road, Glenn turned the knife on himself burying the eight-inch blade into his body several times and partly disemboweling himself.
He then saw Sperry and the other boys in the bunk house and made a rush for the door trying to batter it down, presenting a horrible sight to those inside. Sperry and his companions grabbed their guns beginning to realize that they might have to battle for their lives. Glenn charged the door several times.
"Kill me, for God sake kill me" he yelled.
He finally forced a partial entrance Into the house and Sperry broke the stock of a gun over him and knocked the knife out of his hands. Both stooped for the knife but Glenn got it and failing to reach Sperry again, plunged the weapon into his own abdomen and neck. He made another effort to get into the house, Sperry again hit him over the head with a gun stock dazing him for a few minutes.
The terrible loss of blood was beginning to tell on the Maniac and he finally walked off and lay down where the boys later were able to hold him down. Sperry sent word to a neighboring lease and endeavored to wash the wounds but it was found impossible to do anything as the abdomen was literally hacked into pieces and about 9 a.m. death came.
Vishnu lease is in San Luis Obispo County so the coroner's inquest will be held there. Glenn was well known to all the older residents of Mckittrick.

http://newspaperarchive.com/bakersfield-morning-echo/1907-10-12

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  • Created by: C. Elliott
  • Added: 5 Apr 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 107885401
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/107885401/w-glenn : accessed ), memorial page for W “Billy” Glenn (1867–13 Oct 1907), Find a Grave Memorial ID 107885401, citing Chinaman Gravesite, McKittrick, Kern County, California, USA ; Maintained by C. Elliott (contributor 47494454) .