[Grand Island, Ne. 1912]. Small broadside, approximately 11 x 8.5 inches. Two small chips at left edge. Contemporary ink stamps at top edge. Moderate tanning, some darkening from adhesive residue on blank verso. Good plus. Item #1544
A contemporary reward poster for this infamous 1912 murder in Grand Island, Nebraska. On February 6, 1912, a twelve-year-old girl named Goldie Williams was kidnapped, assaulted, and killed by a transient laborer who took her whilst she played with friends in the streets of the central Nebraska town. The description here given here was recorded from children who were present when Williams was taken, and several who saw the pair afterwards. Remarkably, one of the youthful witnesses recognized the culprit, a man named Charles Wesley Cox, twenty-five years later in Colorado Springs, finally leading to his arrest and confession in 1937. This broadside well demonstrates the national notoriety of the case at the time the murder occurred, with contemporary "received" stamps of the San Francisco Chief of Police and Hall of Records at the top edge.