Author Remembers a Brutal Crime in Assault in the Barnyard

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New book details one of the most brutal and barbarous acts that happened in Atchison County, Missouri

Alfred Angel was a prominent young farmer of the southern part of the Atchison County, a mile and a quarter from the new town of Fairfax, on the Tarkio Valley railroad. He was a patriarch of a democratic family. But on June 5, 1881, he was brutally shot in his barnyard by a hired hand. What was the motive of the murderer? Readers can uncover the detailed facts and the subsequent events as author Lawrence W. O’Neal retells the whole story in his new book, Assault in the Barnyard.

On the evening of June 5, 1881, the Angel family came home from a neighborhood visit, but found that their house had been occupied in their absence. Someone had eaten a meal in their table and papers stored in a clock cabinet had been disturbed. Alfred went to his barnyard about two hundred feet from their house and found his former hired hand Thomas Reinhammer who asked him if he could rehire him, but Alfred was noncommittal. When Alfred closes the gate, Reinhammer pulled his revolver and shot him several times. As Alfred lay unconscious and bleeding, the assailant took his purse. Reinhammer fled, but he was captured and brought to the county jail. However, a mob had taken him out of jail and hung him on an elm. The coroner’s jury resolved that the lynching was done by unknown individual(s). Four months later, Alfred’s father, Thomas Angel, was arrested for murder.

Newspaper accounts of the assault were sometimes conflicting and incomplete. Through Assault in the Barnyard, the author tried to portray the events as they happened by finding common threads of information and logic in the published reports. Copies of the available newspaper articles and of the Court records are in an appendix. The newspaper articles and the court records are transcribed as written or published in 1881 and 1882.

This retelling of one of the most brutal and barbarous crimes in Atchison County, Missouri, will give readers a comprehensive explanation on what really happened and the consequences of such a horrible act through credible testimonials and vital evidences supported by relevant documents and publications related to the case.

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Assault In The Barnyard * by Lawrence W. O`Neal
Attempted Murder of Alfred Angel
Publication Date: October 28, 2010
Trade Paperback; $10.00; 77 pages; 978-1-4535-9634-0
Trade Hardback; $20.00; 77 pages; 978-1-4535-9635-7
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4535-9636-4

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