Sheriff John McCargue

Sheriff John McCargue

Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, September 13, 1891

John McCargue

Sheriff John McCargue was assassinated by two brothers as he was putting his horse in his stable. Upon hearing the shots, his wife and daughter ran out to the stable and saw the brothers running away with pistols in their hands. Both were captured a short time later.

Three days later an angry mob seized the suspects from the county jail and hanged them both from a near-by sycamore tree. Both suspects denied killing the sheriff, and protested their innocence to the last.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Lynched

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Sheriff John McHargue, the correct spelling of his name, was my second great grandfather. The leader of the mob was McHargue's brother-in-law, Campbell Williams. The older brother confessed to the murder and stated his brother had nothing to do with the crime and asked that he be spared. Both brother were hung with telephone line.

Sgt Mike McMullin (retired)
Casper Wyoming PD

December 17, 2015

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