Fayetteville Observer; May 16, 1859; Issue 2189; col C

Shared by Myrtle Bridges   September 27, 2011

We learn that Mr. Turner Smith was found dead on the 3rd instant near his house in the neighborhood 
of Bostick's Mills, Richmond County.The body bore marks of violence--the head badly bruised. There 
was reason to suspect a man named Thomas Robinson of the killing; and the Jury of Inquest found 
against him.

Robinson was an old man, perhaps 60 years of age, had been all his life an idiot, and had a guardian. 
It is supposed that he committed suicide soon after the murder, as his body was found, shockingly 
defaced, about a week after the murder, hanging by a grape vine to a tree. There were appearances of 
his having made several efforts, by cutting his throat and hanging, to destroy himself, before he 
finally succeeded.

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