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From: "Bernie Moore-Knowles" <>
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] 1919 Smith murder - VERA!!!!!!
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2002 07:52:24 -0700
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How in the world did you find this article?

This has to be what Bob was talking about!

Near Buford?

Vera, you are absolutely unbelievable! I am astonished, really. How did
you find this? You find these things like you just happen to have them
posted on your refrigerator for the morning! I was just hoping that someone
might have a Bill Smith in their family chart - and thought it worth asking.

Do you believe the pain that this Bill Smith lived? Massive wounds, a
murdered wife and the death of a child?

Well, I suppose that sounds like the lives of a lot of the folks that we
discuss on this List - one way or the other their lives were that tough,
weren't they?

Vera, I can't thank you enough. (I still want to know how in the world you
found this article...........)

Bernie Moore-Knowles
Phoenix, Arizona

"I have Indian blood in me. I have just enough White blood for you to
question my honesty." ........Will Rogers

----- Original Message -----
From: "Vera Reeves" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2002 7:58 AM
Subject: [ARIZARD-L] 1919 Smith murder

> The Baxter Bulletin
> Mountain Home, AR
> Dec 7, 1917
> Ellen Cockrum and Daughter Found Murdered in woods After Being Missed Four
> Days.
> Ellen Cockrum and her daughter May Smith, who lived near Ships Ferry were
> found dead in the woods, by neighbors on Tuesday afternoon, both having
> murdered. The couple had been missing from their home since Friday.
> Hurst and Prosecuting Attorney Edgar Douglas left for the scene early
> Wednesday morning. Dotson Brewer, Coroner arrieved on the scene the same
> time as they did and convened a coroners jury. As yet no verdict has been
> rendered, the jury still being in session.
> Mrs Ellen Cockrum was a woman of about 45 years of age, wife of Doc
> who left this county some years ago. Her daughter, May Smith was about 18
> years old and the wife of Wm. Smith, a soldier in the National Army, who
> went out with one of the first increments of drafted men from this county.
> He is now stationed at Camp Beauregard. The women lived by themselves on a
> farm.
> The bodies were found about a mile from their house in the woods. The
> woman was sitting under a ledge of rock presumable shot from above. Her
> daughter was lying about 60 years away, face down.
> ************************************
> NOTE; these two ladies are buried in the Burnt School House Cemetery.
> both ladies are listed as Cockrum
> Don't know if the case was ever solved but in Sept 1918 there were 2
> where Ira Wilbur was found not guilty of the killings.
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