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JAMES LEACH - Murder/suicide Virginia 1866 newspaper story

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JAMES LEACH - Murder/suicide Virginia 1866 newspaper story

Posted: 20 Nov 2013 12:14PM GMT
Classification: Death
Surnames: Leach
I typed this up from an old 1866 newspaper. James Leach of Virginia. There were just some words I couldn't make out - they were replaced with question marks.



The Milwaukee News
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Wednesday, September 26, 1866
Morning Edition
Terrible Tragedy In Virginia
A Father and Son Shot by a Libertine

A correspondent of the Richmond Dispatch, writing from Buckingham court house, Va., Sept 6, gives the following particulars of the terrible tragedy which recently occurred there.
The most thrilling and melancholy affair took place here on the ??????? that has shocked the feelings of our citizens since the close of the war. The causes and results are as follows:
About three weeks ago, or more, Mr. Anthony Walton, a wealthy mill-owner of this town, arose early in the morning with the alleged intention of visiting his mill and plantation, but suddenly changing his route, returned to the house. There ?????? Mr. James Leach (a young lawyer who makes Mr. Walton's house his home during the sessions of court) in the room with his wife. Their positions relative to each other were such as to excite???? suspicion on the part of the husband who ????? once ordered Mr. Leach out of the house and forced the execution of his mandate at the point of a revolver, after which he called for the carriage, and putting madame in, sending her to her mother. Nothing further of interest transpired in the case???, except that a bill of divorce was filed by Mr. Walton, until last Saturday, when Leach again rode into town.. After strolling about the village for some time, he met Anderson Walton, a son of Anthony by a first wife. Anderson reproached?? Leach at once at once with the scandal, which Leach denied with great emphasis, whereupon Anderson shook his fist in his face exclaimed, "You___lying____ you did" "for pa saw you" at the same time putting his hand under his coat "So you will shoot me, will you?" yelled Leach, and drawing his six-shooter he fired and young Walton fell, pierced through the lungs, the blood gushing the mouth and nostrils. Just then Mr. Walton the elder rushed up and fired three shots from his pistol directly at Leach, but missing him entirely, slightly wounded captain A.T. Mosley and a negro. Once more Leach fired, and the elder Walton lay on the sword???? a corpse. The ball entered just above his heart, severing the main arteries and causing instant death.
Anderson lingered until Monday evening about two o'clock, when, as they were closing the grave over all that was mortal of his father, his soul joined him in the spirit world. But the tale of death does not end here. The Rev James H C Leach, D.D. a highly respected Presbyterian minister, died soon after hearing of the bloody drama in which his ???????? had ????? so prominent a part; possibly the consequence, though as to this no one can do aught but to conjecture.
Mrs. Walton was one of the wives of Hubert??? Hobert????, the ??????? whose ears were cut off in Louisville, Kentucky for bigamy . Soon after their marriage, he ran off with her money, leaving her destitute, though legally free, for he had two wives living when he married her. Mr. Walton became so enamored with the beautiful widow. that he bought her wedding clothes and lavished on her every luxury that wealth could procure until the recent affair which lead to the double homicide. Leach as been justified on the plea of self-defense.

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