John Emmett Naff was a teacher near Tahlequah, in Indian Territory. With his pay in his pocket, Naff was last seen traveling by foot with Samuel Fooy on July 17, 1875.
A few weeks later, Fooy confided in family that he had killed Naff. He then told a woman he was involved with. Neither admission had any immediate consequences.
About a year later, Naff’s remains were found near the Illinois River. With an investigation now under way, Fooy was identified as having killed Naff.
He was convicted and sentenced to death by Judge Parker on June 28, 1875. With five other unrelated killers, Samuel Fooy was hanged on September 3, 1875.
Author: Bill Lofquist
I am a sociologist and death penalty scholar at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I am also a Pittsburgh native. My present research focuses on the history of the death penalty in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pa.
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