Gus Bogle

On June 27, 1887, William D. Morgan, a white coal miner who lived in the Choctaw Nation just north of the Texas border, left home to travel to south Texas in search of a climate better suited to his tuberculosis.

His body was found the next day near Blue Tank, Indian Territory. He had been strangled, robbed, and beaten.

Gus Bogle, a Black man from Texas, was arrested on June 30. Surviving records do not indicate how he became a suspect. He denied all knowledge of the killing.

At trial in Fort Smith, witnesses testified that Bogle was among a group of Black men seen on a train with Morgan. Bogle was convicted of murder on June 10, 1888, and sentenced to death on June 26. Gus Bogle was hanged on July 6, 1888.

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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