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Re: Trial & Prisoner


Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 7/25/2017 at 20:56:26

In Response To: Trial & Prisoner (Beth Rutherford)

Charles Cline, of Otho, is in jail on a very ugly charge. His own 18 year old daughter is the complainant and the offense is the unnatural crime of incest. She says the relation has continued for more then a year, and that she has been terrorized. The mother refuses to believe the charge. Cline is one of the shining lights of the populist party, was its candidate for sheriff two years ago, and they had to go to jail last Saturday to get his signature to the proceedings of its recent convention, he being its secretary.

Fort Dodge Messenger --- Fort Dodge, Iowa
October 15, 1895

The case against Charles Cline, the populist statesman of Otho, for the abominable crime of incest was heard with closed doors before Justice Chantland Monday evening. The girl told a straight story and was not disturbed by a sharp cross-examination. The defendant was bound over in the sum of $2500 to await the action of the next grand jury. Unless he can get a bond of that size Mr. Cline will have to stay out of this campaign, and all the reforms of the day will have to peg along as best as they can without him.

Fort Dodge Messenger --- Fort Dodge, Iowa
October 18, 1895


State vs Charles Cline is continued to next term on petition of his attorney.

Fort Dodge Messenger --- Fort Dodge, Iowa
December 10, 1895

In the District court on Monday, Charles Cline, the noisy populist politician, plead guilty to the abominable crime of forcible defilement of his own daughter. Sentence was deterred to Friday.

Fort Dodge Messenger --- Fort Dodge, Iowa
March 3, 1896

Sheriff Woolsey will leave tonight with Chas. Cline, who will enter upon a seven year and a half sentence in the Anamosa penitentiary.

Fort Dodge Messenger --- Fort Dodge, Iowa
March 9, 1896


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