Episode 37: The Spencer Family Massacre, Part 1

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.


Larry, Wood. Lynching of Bill Young. www.ozarks-history.blogspot.com

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

History of Lewis, Clark, Knox, and Scotland Counties, Missouri. St. Louis and Chicago; The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887

U.S. Census Records

U.S. Marriage Records


I am an author and historian who writes about long-forgotten and out of the way events and places. I love the bizarre, the unusual, and the downright weird. I write a regular blog at my website, www.johnbrassardjrcom.wordpress.com, and also manage a facebook page about things of historical interest called The Kitchen Table Historian.

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