Deputy Constable Otto W. Hennech

Deputy Constable Otto W. Hennech

Williamson County Constable's Office - Precinct 6, Texas

End of Watch Monday, February 5, 1912

Otto W. Hennech

On Sunday, February 1, 1912, Edmond Thomas was alleged to have stabbed Aaron Moore because Moore struck him with a stick. Moore was severely wounded, but it was not fatal. Deputy Constable Otto W. Hennech, and Ike Campbell, reported as his “deputy,” but from his inactions at scene more likely a deputized citizen, went to the Thomas home near Circleville community in Williamson County. Deputy Constable Hennech attempted to arrest Edmund Thomas when he was seized by Austin Thomas, his blind brother, and 4-5 members of the family. They stabbed him with knives and cut him with razors. Hennech had his intestines come out of his stomach and his chest was cut open. He was stabbed and cut sixteen times. The Thomas family members fled, but were arrested by Constable Lee Allen of the Granger precinct. Hennech died on Monday, February 5, 1912.

Edmond Thomas was convicted for the assault on Moore and sentenced to 5 years in prison. Edmond and Austin Thomas were convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 22 years in prison for killing Hennech. Austin was pardoned by Governor James E. Ferguson on August 2, 1915. Edmond was released December 20, 1925.

Hennech was survived by his wife and three children. A fourth child was born after his death. He was buried in the Taylor City Cemetery.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 1, 1912
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to 22 years in prison

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Unfortunately, the small Texas town of Taylor has no clue about this. I tried to locate his grave in the Taylor Cemetery and they could not even locate it. So much for a town remembering those that protect them. With the situation in Texas in 1912 I am surprised that the Klan did not lynch the ones that murdered Otto.

Michael Hennech, SR.
Great Grandson

March 6, 2018

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