Emanuel C. Cochrane was traveling through the Indian Territory on his way home to Texas from Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Te-O-Lit-Se was seen following him on July 6, 1881, and is alleged to have robbed and killed him near Okmulgee, Chickasaw Nation.

Investigation led to Te-O-Lit-Se, who was arrested and taken to Fort Smith in August 1882. On trial there in March 1883, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

Te-O-Lit-Se was hanged at Fort Smith on June 29, 1883.

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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