Troy Dye

Troy Dye

Birth
Lee County, Iowa, USA
Death 29 May 1879 (aged 36)
Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
Burial Franklin, Sacramento County, California, USA
Plot Row 12
Memorial ID 75070319 · View Source
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Troy served in the Civil War from Kansas as a corporal in Co. D 4th Kansas Volunteers and as a private in Co. E 14th Kansas Cavalry.

He was involved in a robbery in Kansas, but after moving to California, Troy succeeded in becoming a prosperous saloon owner and Public Administrator of Sacramento County. He took advantage of this position by plotting the murders of wealthy persons within the county who had no known heirs. He would administer their estates, his legal percentage taking precedence over even creditors claims. Troy made a list of fifty-five victims and, with the help of two accomplices, killed the first victim, a man named A. M. Tullis. Due to the diligence of the small Sacramento Police force, he and one of his partners in crime were arrested and convicted of first degree murder. Both men were hanged on 29 May 1879.

Newspaper accounts state he was buried next to his brother, John, in an unmarked grave.


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  • Created by: J&D Peterson
  • Added: 17 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 75070319
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Troy Dye (24 Dec 1842–29 May 1879), Find A Grave Memorial no. 75070319, citing Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, Sacramento County, California, USA ; Maintained by J&D Peterson (contributor 46859770) .