William Chrisman Swope

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William Chrisman Swope

  • Birth 1878
  • Death 6 Dec 1909
  • Burial Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 6948724

He was the son of wealthy Independence, Missouri businessman Logan O. Swope and his wife Maggie (Chrisman) Swope. In 1909, 3 members of the Swope household mysteriously died. James Moss Hunton, William Chrisman Swope, and Colonel Thomas Hunton Swope all died, and all three were patients of doctor Bennett Clark Hyde, who was married to the daughter of Logan Swope. Hyde was tried and found guilty of the murder of Thomas Swope after his body was exhumed and evidence of poisoning was noted. Hyde appealed and was released, and a second and third trial resulted in either a hung jury, or mistrial, accounts vary. Attorney James A. Reed who is also buried in this cemetery proseuted Hyde.

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  • Created by: Bill Walker
  • Added: 23 Nov 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6948724
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Chrisman Swope (1878–6 Dec 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6948724, citing Mount Washington Cemetery, Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Bill Walker (contributor 656) .