A Brutal Murder

Paris, MO.,

Nov 25 1886 

A most cowardly and inhuman murder was committed about four miles southwest of Paris last night just at dark, a colored man, Owen Moore, being the victim. Moore had been hauling wood to Paris. He was riding on the running gear of his wagon on his way home, and when near his house he was shot by an unknown man in the right leg. Another load was emptied into his left leg above the knee. Then the murderer beat his victim’s head almost to a pulp with the gun, breaking the skull. He then cut Moore’s throat from ear to ear and slashed him across the face and left side of his head. Moore lived nearly an hour in this condition when death ended his sufferings. No reason is known for the murder.