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The Murder of Israel Bensley Part 2
Photocopies of news articles courtesy of Linda Abrams, Marion, OH.
(Transcription by Diana Gale Matthiesen.  Boldface added.)
The Marion Daily Star
MARION, OHIO, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1880
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MORE ABOUT THE MURDER


THE CORONER'S INVESTIGATION
FINISHED.


A SPECIAL GRAND JURY BEING IMPANELED.


 Gil Houseworth Found to be an
Accomplice with Young, the Murderer.


   About 500 people called at the jail yesterday to see the prisoner, and nearly 200 called to-day.
   YOUNG, the prisoner, states to some of his callers that he did not stab Bensley, that he had no knife.
   Gilmore Houseworth, who was arrested and imprisoned with Young, is a brother-in-law to Young, is 37 years old, a widower, and has six children.
   We called at the jail to-day to see Young, and under the circumstances, he seems to feel cheerful.  To some he converses quite freely while to others he is very reticent.
   As soon the Prosecuting Attorney arrives from Waldo, where the Coroner's investigation is being held, a special grand jury will be impaneled and the prisoner arraigned.  The trial will likely come off this term of court.
   YOUNG stabbed Bensley in the left breast, severing the artery that leads to the heart.  The stabbing was done with a home-made clumsy butcher knife.  When the wounded man fell, Young struck him twice on the head with the knife, the point of which broke off and remained in the skull.  Bensley lived but about five minutes.  He funeral took place to-day attended by a large number of relatives and friends.  The prisoner's parents are both living, also two brothers and five sisters.  His parents came from Pennsylvania in 1866 and settled 2½ miles east of Waldo; owns a farm of about 80 acres and is well thought of.
LATER,
   The Coroner has just returned from his investigation of the terrible murder, and after examining some nineteen witnesses, he finds that Israel Bensley came to his death by a knife in the hands of Enoch Young and that Gilmore Houseworth is accessory to the murder.
   The investigation revealed the fact that at the time Young went after the butcher knife, Houseworth went after a pair of shears, for the purpose of assisting Young, it appears.
   Since the return of the Prosecutor, a special Grand Jury has been impaneled, sworn in, and are now in session examining witnesses.

A Warning to the Sheriff.
   The following was received by Sheriff Harrison this morning:
"WALDO, Feb. 26, 1880.
"SHERIFF:--
   "Guard the Jail if you want to keep the prisoner, Young.  The people here talk of lynching him.
"A CITIZEN
"of said village."
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