James Fleming “Jim” Parker

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James Fleming “Jim” Parker

Birth
Death 3 Jun 1898 (aged 32–33)
Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
Burial Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID 58261058 · View Source
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In February 1897, James Fleming Parker, along with an accomplice, robbed a train outside of the settlement of Peach Springs, Arizona Territory. The robbery was a failure because the accomplice died from his wounds and Parker lost the stolen money. He was hunted by a posse for 8 days in the area of the Grand Canyon led by Yavapai County sheriff. He was eventually captured and placed in the Prescott Jail.

One of his fellow prisoners was Louis Clair Miller, a forgerer and one time candidate for Yavapai County sheriff. The two soon escaped from jail and, in the process, Parker shot and killed the prominent Prescott resident and district attorney E. Lee Norris in the courthouse square. A bounty was posted for their capture - dead or alive. The two were soon captured and tried for murder (Miller was named as the accomplice).

Miller missed the death penalty by one vote. Parker was sentenced to death and hanged in the courthouse square. He was buried in Potter's Square in the Citizens Cemetery. On the day of hanging, in lieu of a last meal, Parker requested a visit from Flossy, his favorite Whiskey Row lady, which was granted. The two of them spent an hour together.


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  • Created by: Cori H
  • Added: 6 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58261058
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Fleming “Jim” Parker (1865–3 Jun 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58261058, citing Citizens Cemetery, Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Cori H (contributor 46481123) .