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1882 - A MURDERER CAPTURED

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Arrest of James Conroy for Killing Peter M'Cann, of Saratoga County.

PITTSBURG, Aug. 22. - Several weeks ago a circular was received at Police Head-quarters, in this city, offering a reward of $500 for the arrest of James Conroy, charged with the murder of Peter McCann, at Jobville, Saratoga County, N.Y., on 22d December, 1880. Detective Harrison took charge of the case, and soon secured a clue which to-day led to Conroy's arrest. Harrison and another officer went this morning to Ellrod's Station, on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, as they had learned that Conroy's son-in-law, named Foley, kept a railroad boarding-house near there. They found Conroy sitting on the river bank in the woods. Conroy was going under the name of Carley. He did not deny his identity, but yielded quietly to the officers. Conroy told his story of the murder very frankly. He says that he went to Jobville to ask McCann to lend him some money, for which he had pressing need. Instead of granting the request McCann cursed him, and, after an interchange of hot words, McCann struck savagely at Conroy, who in turn struck at his assailant. The affray took place in McCann's house, and when Conroy struck McCann the latter fell back and toppled over a bench. The fall threw him with considerable force against a stove, his head striking a projecting piece of iron, which crushed his skull and caused death. Conroy says he had no intention whatever of killing McCann, and was in reality only the indirect cause of McCann's death. After the murder, Conroy fled, and under the name of Carley wandered from place to place, finally coming to Pittsburg. After the arrest Conroy was take to Foley's house, where he met his daughter. He kissed her and bade her good-bye, when Foley broke out with, "No, dad, you shall not go." and attacked the officers. A man named Ryan, another son-in-law, also took a hand but the officers displayed their revolvers and made Ryan a prisoner. His cries attracted the attention of a crowd of railroad laborers, and the detectives, afraid of being overpowered, let Ryan go and hurried away with the alleged murderer. Detective Harrison to-night received a dispatch from John Van Rensselaer, District Attorney of Saratoga County, telling him that he had captured the right man, and to hold him until the arrival of New York officers.


The New York Times
New York, New York
August 23, 1882

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