1886 Letters · Harvey Keith's Murder

January 3, 1886 letter to James Keith from John Geeslin

January 3, 1886 To: James Leon Keith, Bloomingdale, MI From: John Geeslin, Wyattville, MN Apologizes for not answering James’ letter sooner. He will need a man to help in the spring, and for about 8 or 9 months, and if he and James can come to an agreement on wages, he will hire him on.… Continue reading January 3, 1886 letter to James Keith from John Geeslin

1885 Letters · Harvey Keith's Murder

November 8, 1885 letter to Oscar & Mary Ann Keith from Sarah Keith

November 8, 1885 To: Oscar & Mary Ann Keith From: Sarah Keith, Galesburg, MI Letter sympathizing on the ordeal of the trial of Harvey Keith’s murder. Galesburg Nov 8th 1885 Dear Oscar and Mary[1] I hope you do not think because I have not written you we have not thought of you or the _____… Continue reading November 8, 1885 letter to Oscar & Mary Ann Keith from Sarah Keith

Harvey Keith's Murder

A Foul Murder – Part 2

This is a continuation of the newspaper accounts of the July 28, 1885 murder of Harvey Keith. The following articles bring out more details of the murder, Marsh and William Barker’s confessions, and the role that the famous Pinkerton’s Detective Agency played in securing those confessions, which defense counsel claimed were fraudulently obtained. To read… Continue reading A Foul Murder – Part 2