Who killed Police Officer Benjamin Franklin Yost? A Mollie Maguire Story


Chapter 8 - Carroll Never Met Boyle or McGeehan

Before James Carroll was executed in 1877, he left behind a letter to be published in local newspapers. In it he thanked the warden, George Beyerle for his kindness, the deputy wardens, Moses Innis and Michael Schoenman; Father McDermott; the Sisters of St. Joseph and the defense attorneys. Finally, he thanked his father, mother, sisters, brothers and loving wife. His letter continued: “Now gentlemen, I do here confess to be innocent of the crime that I am charged with. I never wished for the murder of Mr. Yost or any other person. I never heard anyone say that he would shoot Yost the first chance he got. I never knew Boyle or McGeehan at the time” (Barrett, page 348).

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