A death at Crooked Creek: the case of the cowboy, the cigarmaker, and the love letter

Title A death at Crooked Creek: the case of the cowboy, the cigarmaker, and the love letter
Names Wesson, Marianne.
Book Number DBC17316
Narrator Brinkman, Susan
Annotation One winter night in 1879, at a lonely Kansas campsite near Crooked Creek, a man was shot to death. The dead man's traveling companion identified him as John Hillmon, a cowboy from Lawrence who had been attempting to carve out a life on the blustery prairie. The case might have been soon forgotten and the apparent widow, Sallie Hillmon, left to mourn except for the $25,000 life insurance policies Hillmon had taken out shortly before his departure. The insurance companies refused to pay on the policies, claiming that the dead man was not John Hillmon, and Sallie was forced to take them to court in a case that would reach the Supreme Court twice. The companies' case rested on a crucial piece of evidence: a faded love letter written by a disappeared cigarmaker, declaring his intent to travel westward with a “man named Hillmon.” Adult. Some violence.
Length 1 online resource (audio (15 hours, 2 minutes))
Title Status Active
Local Subject Adult Nonfiction - AN
Kansas Interest - KAN
Kansas Interest - History - KSIH
Kansas Interest - Nonfiction - KSINF
Kansas Notable Book - KSNB
Locally Produced - Kansas - LPDK
Law and Legal Rights - LAW
Medium Length Book - MD
Locally Produced - LPD
True Crime and Law Enforcement - CRI
History - US - HUS
History - HST
LC Subject Trials - Kansas - History - 19th century
Insurance fraud - Kansas - History - 19th century - Cases
Evidence, Hearsay - United States - History - 19th century - Cases
Downloadable books
Talking books
Language English
Medium Digital Book
Released 2023
Publication Info Emporia : Kansas State Library, Kansas Talking Books Regional Library, 2023
Original Publication Recorded from: New York : New York University Press, 2013.
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