On May 7, 1883, Nathaniel Hyatt and Jack Womankiller were seen traveling together near the border of Arkansas and the Cherokee Nation. Three days later, Hyatt’s body was discovered. The money he was known to be carrying was missing.
Womankiller, who had previously boasted of his plans to kill him, was promptly arrested. He confessed. The case against Womankiller was incontrovertible.
At trial in Fort Smith, Womankiller was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. He was hanged on July 11, 1884.
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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