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By ALLISON HARRELL
Texian Time Machine & Outreach Coordinator
Today's the day, super sleuths! Do you know who killed cashier Robert L. Kirby at the Blue Ridge Bank? Scroll down if you think you've solved the case and are ready to check your answer. If you haven't had a chance to check out the details of the case yet, click here for PART ONE, PART TWO and PART THREE before scrolling.
Fort Bend History Murder Mystery: THE FINALE
The following is a transcript from page 9 of The Houston Post; February 21, 1921.
Absolon Tells of Beating Cashier Kirby to Death
The perpetrator of the deed and the slayer of Cashier Kirby has confessed. He is Fred J. Absolon, the man arrested at the Milby Hotel at 4 o’clock Friday morning by Deputy Sheriff “Doc” Sammon.
“I picked up the crank to the door and hit him over the head with it several times, the exact number I do not remember,” was the way in which Absolon described how he finally killed Kirby in a confession made at 6 o’clock Saturday night to Deputy Sheriff “Doc” Sammon, later repeated to Assistant District Attorney Fred Switzer, who took the statement down in typewriting. Absolon confessed his guilt at police head quarters following a grilling lasting all afternoon. Efforts of local police officers to wring the confession from him were unsuccessful and Absolon made no statement of a compromising nature.
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