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Post  felix Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:14 pm

This apparently is the first gramophone recording of the desperate little man's tale:



(from 1924)
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Post  felix Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:19 pm

On this day [Jan 19] in West Virginia history, John Hardy is pictured on the gallows:

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He's quite a big bloke, ain't he?
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Post  felix Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:25 pm

Also from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History,

John Hardy
Wheeling Daily Register
October 13, 1893

M'Dowell Criminal Court

John Hardy Found Guilty of Murder in the First Degree

Special Telegram to the Register.

WELCH, W. VA., October 12. - At 8 o'clock this morning the jury in the case of the State against John Hardy, colored, for the murder of Thomas Drews, colored, at Eckman, this county, in January last, brought in a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree. The trouble arose over a game of craps and was a cold blooded crime. Motion has been made for a new trial with but small hopes of success on account of the Criminal Court Judge's indisposition. A recess has been taken until Monday morning.


Well, we know the name of his victim now.
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