Legal Executions in Monroe

All of these were hangings and all were given a trial and found guilty. Whether they were or were not guilty for the crimes they paid is left to history. These are the ones I found, some I have written about before.

Russell Brooks – Hung February 15, 1823 for the murder of George Scamp.

Tennessee Jack (or Jake) – Hung for the murder of Jailor Abram Williams on April 25, 1860 at 5:30 p.m. This is the one mentioned a few days ago in the lynching post that was reported in national papers as a lynching. According to the Ouachita Register, he was tried and legally executed.

Confederate private Emanuel Garcia was hung in front of the courthouse on March 11, 1864 for the murder of the little boy Francis William Baker.

Ailsey Harris and Toney Nellum – Hung for the murder of Ailsey’s husband Henry Harris on November 26, 1875 at 10:26 a.m. Ailsey was the first and only female legally hung in Ouachita Parish.

Patrick “Pat” Paine – Hung for the murder of his wife Della Paine on October 8, 1897 at 2:32 p.m.

Henderson Knox, aka Bud Davis, aka Allen Davis, aka “Lightning” – Hung for the rape of a nine year old girl on December 17, 1909 at 1:59 p.m. He was the only one on this list that was hung for something other than murder.

Did you know the Courthouse has a built in gallows? Up until it was built, hangings were done mostly in the jail yard. The gallows are still there but not on public view. Four men walked up the thirteen steps to face the hangman’s noose:

Howard Roberson – Hung at 1:30 p.m. on January 29, 1926 for the murder of Adolph Epstein.

Ike Tellis – Hung at 2:15 p.m. on July 10, 1931 for the murder of his wife Elmira Tellis.

Haywood Johnson – Hung at 1:52 p.m. on October 16, 1931 for the murder of his wife Carrie Johnson.

Antwine McClain – Hung at 2 p.m. on July 26, 1940 for the murder of his common law wife Corinne McClain.

One thought on “Legal Executions in Monroe

  1. Regarding earlier lynching post;
    Technically King Hill had been convicted of murdering Nick Milling before he was granted a new trial and later lynched.
    John Clark and John Mullican were both convicted of and confessed to the murders of John and Elizabeth Rogers. They were lynched at the same time as King Hill.


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