Creffield and the Holy Rollers made page one headlines from 1903 to 1907. When I was researching Holy Rollers: Murder and Madness in Oregon’s Love Cult I spent months transcribing hundreds of articles. I’m not sure why I was so obsessive. Maybe it was my way of immersing my self into a cult without joining one. Anyway, I’m posting them all for those who are really interested in the story, or are interested the history of journalism, or are interested in how a scandalous story played out in the "media" in a by gone era. Since I no doubt made typos and unconsciously corrected papers' typos, these web pages should not be cited in anything serious (e.g. your dissertation). For such projects they should only be used as starting points and you should refer to the original sources. If you want a shorter version of the story, buy my book. Enjoy.

July 28, 1906: Mitchell Juror is Insane


Seattle Star 7/28/1906 p1

Mitchell Juror is Insane


Milo O. Rex, one of the jury men who acquitted George Mitchell on the charges of murdering “Joshua” Creffield, was yesterday found to be insane before Judge Gilliam, and was committed to the asylum at Stellacoom.


Rex was found to have softening of the brain, caused by a stroke of apoplexy received about a year ago, which left a clot of blood on the brain. Last Wednesday he received another stroke that left him unbalanced mentally.



Seattle Post Intelligencer 7/28/1906 p5

Write Letters to Esther Mitchell.

Advised to Let Case Take Its Course and Rely on a Pardon.


Esther Mitchell still continues to receive letters from people with whom she has no acquaintance, giving her advice as to the future. To all of these she pays but little attention, and after reading them listlessly turns them over to her jailers.


She is apparently not evincing the slightest interest in her case and appears absolutely indifferent as to the final disposition. Yesterday two letters were received. One was from a correspondent who wrote under date of July 27 from Ferndale and signed the name of Arthur Chapin. In the letter Miss Mitchell is advised as to the course she should pursue when her case is called for trial. She is told to stand squarely on the merits of the case and make the best fight possible before the courts, and then in the event of conviction to go to the penitentiary and afterward ask executive clemency at the hands of the governor.


Another epistle is from Mrs. Elmina Randall, of Whitman Avenue, Fremont, who express her sympathy and quotes several passages from the Bible for Miss Mitchell to read.


When the time comes for Miss Mitchell to plead in court next Tuesday she will probably be represented by counsel from Oregon. O. V. Hurt, father of Mrs. Creffield, has written to Attorney Silas Shipley that he will be in Seattle at that time and will arrange for the defense of the two women.

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