TRIVIAL INCIDENT RESULTS IN MANHUNT AND FOUR KILLINGS

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By Bartee Haile

A trivial incident on a passenger train on Jan. 12, 1894 set in motion a series of violent events that led to a Central Texas manhunt and sent four men to the cemetery.

The dominoes started falling when a conductor kicked DeWitt “Dee” Braddock off a train in Colorado County for refusing to pay the fare. The hot-tempered freeloader chunked the nearest rock at the ticket-taker as the train pulled away and followed that with a single shot through the sleeping car.

 

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