M.P. Cushing hired Jack Chewie to assist him in peddling wares In August 1894. Soon after, Chewie and Webber Isaacs robbed and killed Cushing. They then attempted to destroy the evidence by burning his body.
Isaacs confided in a number of others what he had done.
When Cushing’s body was discovered, Isaacs was arrested. Chewie initially escaped, but was killed while being apprehended on March 27, 1896.
Webber Isaacs was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to death on April 13, 1895. After numerous delays, he was hanged at Fort Smith on April 30, 1896.
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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