Helen Ruth <I>Spence</I> Eaton

Helen Ruth Spence Eaton

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Death 11 Jul 1934 (aged 22)
Jacksonville, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Saint Charles, Arkansas County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 136312320 · View Source
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The story of Helen Spence's life is the focus of Denise Parkinson's book: "Daughter of the White River".

Helen was sentenced to prison for the killing of Jack Worls in a DeWitt courtroom in January 1931. Jack Worls was being tried for the murder of Cicero Spence, Helen's father. During the murder of Mr. Spence, Jack had also attacked the wife of Mr. Spence, who died of her injuries on January 7, 1931, before Worls trial began.

Helen Spence was convicted of manslaughter and was sentenced to two years at the "Pea Farm", the State Farm fro Women in Jacksonville, AR, on October 11, 1932. After being paroled on June 10, 1933, Helen confessed to the murder of Jim Bohots, a DeWitt diner owner. Helen had worked for Mr. Bohots and claims he tried to sexually assault her. She shot him with his own gun in February 1932. She was convicted of second degree murder and returned to prison to serve a 10-year sentence.

Helen was killed in her last of several escape attempts on July 11, 1934, by a prison trustee and convicted murderer, Frank Martin. He used a shotgun loaded with buckshot, shooting her behind the ear.

Helen was buried under a cedar tree in the cemetery, next to her father.


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  • Created by: Lauri Rowland Hill
  • Added: 23 Sep 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 136312320
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Helen Ruth Spence Eaton (23 Feb 1912–11 Jul 1934), Find a Grave Memorial no. 136312320, citing Saint Charles Cemetery, Saint Charles, Arkansas County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Lauri Rowland Hill (contributor 46821972) .