Murder in Marble Hill!

Newspaper clipping from the April 30, 1877 Cincinnati Daily Star

It doesn’t happen often in small towns and rural communities, but when a violent crime is committed in these areas it is shocking. Often people think it is a sign of the times and that this world is getting worse.

Is the world really worse now than it was over 100 years ago? That’s debatable. What isn’t debatable is the fact that violent crime occurred in “the good old days” just as much as it does today.

A case in point is the report of a hanging carried out in Marble Hill, Missouri, reported by the April 30, 1877 Cincinnati Daily Star. The execution of William Pintz (other accounts spelled his last name Pentz) was due to a most gruesome murder of a nine year old girl.

According to the paper:

“Wm. Pintz, who killed Catherine Burr, a child about nine years in Bollinger County, Missouri, on the 15th of May, 1875 was hanged at Marble Hill
Friday, before a great crowd of people, who came for many miles to witness the execution. Pintz confessed that he killed the girl, and had also murdered a man named William Gray, for which he was paid $10″

Violent crime occasionally occurs in the country as it does in the city and in the present, just as it had in the past.

  • Clint Lacy is a resident of Marble Hill, Missouri, is publisher of Foothills Media LLC and is the author of “A Beginner’s Guide to False Flags” and “Blood in the Ozarks: Expanded Second Edition”.


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