Smoker Mankiller

William Short was hunting near Smoker Mankiller’s home in Indian Territory when Mankiller shot him on September 1, 1874. Short survived the shooting, only to be tracked down and stabbed to death by Mankiller.

St. Louis Globe-Democrat, July 15, 1875

Mankiller was arrested by U.S. Marshals. At trial before Judge Parker, he was convicted and sentenced to death on June 26, 1875.

Smoker Mankiller was hanged on September 3, 1875, along with five other men convicted of separate murders.

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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