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JAMES P. McMULLEN (& wife, Mary - Mattie - Hutchinson)


Source: Crawfordsville Weeklly Journal 10 Jan 1885 p 5

The citizens of Coal Creek Township were startled by the news Thursday morning that on Wednesday night the house of James McMullen who lived about midway between Elmdale and Whitlock had been destroyed by fire and Mr. McMullen and wife had perished in the ruins. Investigation proved that such was indeed the case. The bodies of the unfortunate couple were found by the searchers nearly entirely consumed. The strange part of the discovery was that his body lay in one part of the building while hers lay in another far removed. There are various theories in reference to the matter, some think the house was in flames before they discovered their danger and were unable to escape, others think they were murdered and the house fired. The latter is the most feasable. The coroner now invstigation the matter and the true facts will probably be known are many days


Source: The New York Times Jan 11, 1885

Crawfordsville, Ind Jan 10 - There is considerable excitement here over the suspicion that James McMullen and his wife who were found burned to death with their dwelling were first murdered and the house then set on fire to conceal the evidence of the crime. A man named Coffee having a pair of McMullen's boots was arrested but escaped.


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