Silas Hampton

Abner N. Lloyd was part of a crew working to build a new railroad in Tishomingo County, Indian Territory. As he slept rested on the night of December 9, 1886, Silas Hampton robbed and murdered him.

Hampton left the scene to return a horse he borrowed and to go to town to buy some goods. In the course of those interactions, he left behind enough clues to become a suspect once Lloyd’s body was discovered.

Hampton also told some of his friends what he had done.

Hampton was arrested on December 11. He was tried before Judge Parker and convicted on July 9, 1887. He was hanged on October 7, 1887.

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. This website is dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about all Allegheny County cases in which a death sentence was imposed. Please share any questions or comments, errors or omissions, or other matters of interest related to these cases or to the broader history of the death penalty in Allegheny County.

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