Thursday, Oct. 4, 1888 -- ROCKVILLE INDEPENDENT COUNTY NEWSPAPER 
 

Headline ----This Time a Knife - A Slight Varmitton, but Does the Works as Well as a Revolver

Since Buck Stout was sentenced to be hanged in the Parke circuit court for murder committed in Montgomery country , six men and one woman has been killed within the borders of Parke., Two weeks ago, at Roseville, a man with hands up, and the prayer :For God’s sake don’t shoot” on his lips, was shot through the brain, and no one questioned the set. The murderer passed on out of the county and the murder out of the minds of the officials and the public. Just what influence such action or rather non action, has had on the last murder will never be known.

At Judson, Friday Night,

John Hudson was stabbed to death by David Watson. The immediate cause of the killing was a quarrel over the alleged poisoning of a dog. The two men met and had some words over it. They parted, Watson, who is a butcher, going to his shop and Hudson remaining on the streets. At the shop Watson procured a butcher knife and when next they met a struggle began which ended in the death of Hudson. It was in front of W.N.Ensey’s store. Several people were inside who heard he scuffling. Somebody called in at the door, “Watson and Hudson are having it.” And these inside went out. They saw the two men clinched, and immediately Watson rose with the knife in his hand. Hudson gave a gurgling gasp, and was dead in a short time. An examination showed three wounds, one jut over the heart, which severed the left ventricle, another back under the arm and a third on the back. Watson went to his shop, leaving the knife on the butcher block where it was afterwards found by the coroner. From the shop he went home, after having met, ‘Squire McCutcheon, to whom he gave himself up. He was after having met ‘Squire McCutcheon, to whom he gave himself up. He was then brought to Rockville and put in jail. Coroner Knowles went to the scene of the murder and took the testimony which showed facts as above stated. The next day he examined Watson, whose evidence is given below as taken by W.E. Henkel, clerk for the coroner.

After being sworn, the prisoner was asked to state as best as he could his part in the affair.

Watson’s Statement----- The first I knew of it, his wife was accusing me of killing her dog. I told her I didn’t. When I went to the post office last night I met him; says he have you any dog feed; says I “John Hudson, you will be sick of this business yet.” I went to shop thinking I would get rid of him; I got my knife and meat to go to the house; then I went over to Newt Ensy’s store to get tobacco before going to the house, not thinking to see him at all, it being dark. Just as I came to the end of the platform, he came on at the side, south; he asked me if I had any dog feed; just as he said this he drew back and struck me. I threw the knife down off the platform, I didn’t want to have it; then he struck me. I pushed him back against the door of Newt Ensey’s store and then got up to leave him; did not want any row; I got up as quick as I could, just as I got up he made a spring out on the platform, and then I used the knife on him--I just thought it was him or me, one or tother. He fell over, I picked up my knife and went over to Bill McCutcheon and gave myself up; he is our constable and happened to be there.

Watson was then asked: Had you ever had any words before?

“I never had. I asked him once about a meat bill.”

For what purpose did you take the knife from the shop?

“I took it to cut some meat up for my dog, never thinking of seeing John Hudson.”

Why did you go back to Ensey”s store?

“I went for tobacco to do me today, I wanted to go to the rally.”

Then followed some questioned about the knife and whether he had any other weapon. He denied saying after having stabbed Hudson, “Now G-----d d----you I’ll not be bothered with you any more.” Other witnesses swear that he used such language.

Watson, is about 55 years of age, wears spectacles and is hard of hearing. He has light complexion, red hair, beard and moustache and does not look like a bad man. When called on by the coroner and prosecutor he was reading the Indianapolis Journal and appeared not the least concerned as to his desperate situation.