Willis James was just going to work in 1877. Instead, he found himself part of what would become one of the most horrendous and infamous murders in Missouri history.
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Maples, Rajah. Spencer family brutally murdered in Clark County in 1877. www.kwqa.com
Dunn, Steve. Group takes another look at 125-year-old murder case. Daily Gate City, 7/17/2002
Hart, Rodney. Group relives infamous event in history of Clark County. Herald-Whig, 10/24/2004
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2 thoughts on “Episode 37: The Spencer Family Massacre, Part 1”
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This happened in my hometown, where I still reside. Thanks for covering it!