Thrall, who died Friday at Macon, Mo., confessed just before
his death to having committed the crime for which another
suffered the death penalty. In 1864 William Vanderventer and
wife were murdered in their house a few miles from Florida,
near here. Bill Duly, a colored man, was arrested, tried,
convicted, and hanged for the crime at Paris, Mo., a few
months after the tragedy. Thrall made confession of this
crime on his death bed.