HAYDEN, Arthur – (d. 1916)

A Happy House Party the Scene of Killing:  Mans Gibson Cuts Arthur Hayden’s Throat – the Slayer Claims Self-Defense

Calhoun, Ky., Oct. 8 –  A house party attended by 100 of McLean county’s leading citizens ended abruptly last night when two of the guests, Mans GIBSON and Arthur HAYDEN, became involved in a fight, which resulted in HAYDEN’s death.

While most of the guests were assembled in the home of HAYDEN’s cousin, Claude WHITTAKER, GIBSON and HAYDEN were in a group of men on he front porch. GIBSON accused HAYDEN of using profane language within hearing of the women.  An argument led to a quarrel.  The man struggled from the porch and into the yard.

A moment later GIBSON entered the house and declared he had cut HAYDEN.  He carried a small pocket knife in his hand and pointed to a bruise on his forehead, inflicted, he said, by brass knuckles used by HAYDEN.  Guests rushed to the yard, HAYDEN was dead.  His jugular vein was severed.

GIBSON went to a telephone and notified Sheriff W.A. SHACKLEFORD of his act, and a short time later was arrested and brought here and held in jail on a charge of murder.  His plea is self-defense.

WHITTAKER’s home is about three miles north of Calhoun.  Both GIBSON and HAYDEN were among the best known of the young farmers of McLean county.  They were good friends.  Their farms are located within a short distance of each other and the two men went to WHITTAKER’s party together.  Witnesses said both men had been drinking.

HAYDEN was 23 years old.  Following the fight his body was taken into the house and a Coroner’s inquest was held at once.  The verdict was that he had come to his death by a knife wound inflicted by GIBSON, but the jury was non-committal as to the responsibility for the trouble.

GIBSON is 20 years old.  He would not discuss the trouble to-day further than to say that HAYDEN had struck him a severe blow with the brass knuckles and that he acted in self-defense.  Few incidents in recent years have aroused such excitement.


Source: Hartford Herald. 12 January 1916.  Available online at Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.


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