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From: "Vera Reeves" <>
Subject: Thrasher
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 11:55:24 -0500
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Dec 21, 1934 - Paul Thrasher is Victim of Killing Near Ravenden

Calico Rock Progress - Ruthless Slayer Rushed to Batesville Jail for
Safekeeping - Trial Next Month

Paul Thrasher, aged 30, son of Walter Thrasher of Ravenden, former citizen
of Izard and Baxter counties, was shot and killed last Monday afternoon
about 4 o'clock, by George Fitzgerald, age 50, an itinerant farmer and
laborer of near Hardy.

The killing occurred about 15 miles from Ravenden, where young Thrasher and
four other men were building a house.

Unsuspected, the assassin appeared from out of the woods with a rifle on his
arm. He approached Thrasher, who stooped over a mortar box and told him he
was going to kill him, to which Paul replied, "Well, if that's the way you
feel about it, go ahead" Fitzgerald raised his gun to fire and Thrasher
started to run, but the shot felled him, the shot striking in the left side
and ranging entirely through his body, causing almost instant death.

Not content with this murderous act, the murderer stood guard over the body
of his victim and held the four other men at the scene until ten o'clock
that night. During this harrowing interim Fitzgerald told his captives
"there are two other men I want to kill before I surrender." Knowing that
the victim's father, Walter Thrasher, and another son, Fred, were expected
to come for Paul soon, it presumed they were two referred to. After a bit
one of the men ran around the house and stole off into the darkness to stop
Walter Thrasher and the younger son, which was done as the two were heard
coming a short time later. After his long wait and realizing his plan to
kill Walter and Fred Thrasher had failed, the murderer handed his gun to one
of the men and surrendered, officers taking him in charge that night. He was
taken to Batesville Tuesday and placed in jail for safe keeping. His trial
is expected to be called when circuit court meets at Hardy early in January.

According to reports, the Thrashers and Fitzgerald had never had any
trouble. Fitzgerald came to that section from Tennessee several months ago,
through contacts he made with Walter Thrasher relative to a land deal. He
boarded at the Thrasher home for several months, then moving to the home of
a family south of Hardy. Some time ago Mr Thrasher sold a farm to a man in
Chicago, who arranged with \Thrasher to have a log house built on the place.
The house was to be occupied by the family with which Fitzgerald was
staying. The owner of the place objected to the renter letting Fitzgerald
move with him to the new house and wrote Paul to notify the renter. It is
believed that Fitzgerald became irate over this trivial incident.

Fitzgerald is a native of Indiana and since coming to Sharp county is said
to have told of having committed two or three murders.

The Thrashers are well and favorable known here, Walter Thrasher being a
brother of Charlie Thrasher of Calico Rock.

The funeral of Paul Thrasher was held at Ravenden Tuesday, burial being in
the Ravenden cemetery. Deceased is survived by his wife and three month old

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