Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Martin Girl: 8-Year-Old Murderess – South Carolina, 1867


FULL TEXT: A little daughter of a Mr. Martin, of Cassville, Parry county Mo., only eight years old, deliberately shot and killed a brother of four years on the 4th of July. She said she killed her brother “because he pulled her flowers and declared “if the other children pulled any more of them, she would shoot them too.” Her father found the infant murderess besmeared with blood, dragging her mangled and bleeding brother from the room into the yard, when she let go her victim, and turned and glared with a savageness said to be truly frightful. A physician intimates that the girl was insane.

[Untitled, The Evening Star (Washington, D. C.), Jul. 29, 1867, p. 4]

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