Patrick McCarty

After working for a time building the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad between Tulsa and Red Fork, in Indian Territory, brothers John and Tom Mahoney returned home to Kansas in early 1886. Patrick McCarty and Joe Stutzer were vagabonds who rode with them.

Recognizing that the brothers were carrying their pay and valuable goods, the two passengers conspired to rob and kill the Mahoneys. Near the Kansas border, they carried out the plan and then burned their bodies and everything else they did not steal. They then sold what they had stolen, split up, and returned to their homes.

The bodies of the Mahoney brothers were found in March and ultimately identified. The investigation ultimately led to McCarty, who was living in Missouri. When he was arrested, he was found to be in possession of stolen property. Stutzer was never apprehnded.

Taken to Fort smith to stand trial, Patrick McCarty was convicted of murder in September 1886 and sentenced to death on October 30. After a respite brought hope of a reprieve, McCarty was hanged at Fort Smith on April 8, 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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