The Murder of William Anderson

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The Murder


On March 11th, 1856, William Anderson and a young man Jacob Wile, got in a fight over a past sleigh accident. When the fight escalated, Wile took a dagger from his pocket and stabbed Anderson in the heart. William Anderson's time of death was two minutes after the initial stabbing.The two had just heard the verdict of the sleigh accident that had occurred the Sunday before. The judge had ruled in favor of Mr. Anderson, causing the altercation and later fatal incident. [1]

Newspaper Articles


  1. Wayne County Democrat, Thurs. March 13th, 1856.