Horrible Death at Spencer Asylum in 1897


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 1/19/1897.

One of the most horrible tragedies in the annals of history was perpetrated and executed at the Spencer Asylum one night last week.  A patient named Taylor in some manner secured a bar of iron and in the night made some disturbance, for which an attendant by the name of Barrows had occasion to unlock his cell.  As soon as the cell was unlocked and opened the patient brained the attendant at one blow with the bar of iron, which caused him to fall dead in his tracks.  But not content with this he pounced upon him and beat his head into a heap of unrecognizable skull, brains and blood.