• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

April 13, 1883 Execution

rope tied as a noose
Robert Massey was executed on April 13, 1883 for a crime he committed almost two years earlier. In the summer of 1881, he and Edmond Clark drove a cattle herd from Dodge City to Dakota Territory. On December 1, Massey shot Clark in the back of the head. The crime occured on the South Canadian River, 200 miles from Fort Smith. After the murder, Massey dumped the body in a hole near the camp site and burned Clark's clothing and saddle. The apparent motive was robbery as Massey took the proceeds from the cattle sale, along with Clark's horse and pistol. Massey was arrested the following April with Clark's gun still in his possession.

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