THE HOPKINTON MURDER-Report of His Capture 1871
KENNEDY, HARDY, DUNKIN
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Date: 4/23/2016 at 21:09:47
Dubuque Daily Herald – Jan. 7, 1871 Page 4
THE HOPKINTON MURDER
On the Trail of the Murderer
Report of His Capture
DESCRIPTION OF HIM
We have received from a correspondent a statement that the proposed murderer of Kennedy, near Hopkinton, last Friday night, has been captured. He is a young man about 22 years of age, named John P. Dunkin, whose parents reside near Strawberry Point, he is represented to be of limited intelligence, coarse and brutal habits. At the last election he was unable to tell his age. Our informant states that he was identified as the murderer by having in his possession some of the property belonging to the murdered man.
But the statement of the capture may be incorrect, and we believe it is, because Marshall Hardy yesterday instructed him to arrest a man a man as the murderer who is described accurately in the dispatch. The fact that the trail of the murderer has been found, may have given rise to the report of his capture as sent to us. The description sent to Marshall Hardy is of a young man 22 years of age, light completion, grey eyes, sandy hair, 5 foot 11 inches in height, scar on his left cheek made by a steel knuckle, also a scar on the back of his head. He had on a dark blue overcoat. A reward of $700 dollars is offered, information sent to James Kennedy, at Grove Creek, Del. Co. It will be seen if the description of the man whose arrest is directed, corresponds with that given of the man who is reported to be arrested. Our correspondent may have sent his information after the dispatch was sent to Marshall Hardy, however, in which case we may hope the murderer is already in custody. It would seem to be impossible that he should long elude justice in any event.
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