The murder of Ida Belle (Hassler) Hall, 1897

+6 votes
A truly tragic story comparable to anything in the murder ballads of Appalachia.

Crossville Chronicle, 18 Aug 1897: "Word comes today that Mrs. Hiram Hall, who lived about eight miles south of town, fell in the well this morning and was drowned. She was the oldest daughter of Jeff Hassler."

Crossville Chronicle, 25 Aug 1897: "Last Sunday a warrant was sworn out for Hiram Hall and Melinda Hall by T.J. Hassler. They were brought into town Monday.[...] Mrs. Ida Hall, the wife of Hiram Hall, found dead in the well at S.H. Hall's on August 8th. Mrs. Melinda 'Linda' Hall states that the deceased went to the well after water and after she had been gone about twenty minutes, the old lady called her. Receiving no answer, she went to inquire and spotted the bucket in the well and the muddied water. W.A. Vanderver and Fred Beyer were mowing near there and Mrs. Hall called to them to come and take Ida out. They found five gashes cut in her head. Mrs. Hall and her husband separated some time ago but they reunited about six weeks ago."

Hiram Hall confessed to the murder. His mother refused to talk and was jailed. In his confession, he blamed the murder on his mother, saying that she convinced him to kill Ida. He even claimed that his mother tried to talk him into killing his father as well.

Hiram Hall was hanged August 18, 1897.

Crossville Chronicle, 26 Apr 1899: "S.H. Hall, father of Hiram Hall, recently hanged at this place, died at the home of his son-in-law Wm. Vanhoy, near Big Lick, yesterday morning about 6 o'clock of nervous prostration."

The profile I linked to is that of Ida's father.
WikiTree profile: Thomas Hassler
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+4 votes
Oh how awful!  Well written, but awful story.
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