THE STATES: Arkansas Vindicated

Strange as the Ozark back country where it was enacted was the trial last week at Mountain View, Ark. of four "hill barons" indicted for the murder of Connie Franklin (TIME, Dec. 9). Prime witness for the defense was a gaunt, sun-reddened farmhand who swore he was Connie Franklin himself.

"He ain't my Connie," insisted woebegone, calico-clad Tiller Ruminer, on whose testimony the four—Herman Greenway, Joe White, Hubert Hester, Bill Younger—were indicted. She repeated her lurid story of a night last March when, as she and Franklin set out to be married, they were attacked by the defendants....

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