George Hassell


George Hassell

George Jefferson Hassell (July, 1888 – February 2, 1928) was a convicted mass murderer who murdered his wife and eight children on December 5, 1926 in Farwell, Texas.

Family background

Hassell was born in Smithville, Texas, the youngest of seven children. After his brother died by being kicked in the head by a mule, he married his brother's widow, Martha Ferguson of Oklahoma.

Crime

On the night of December 5, 1926, Hassell and his wife argued over his involvement with Ferguson's under-aged daughter. Hassell proceeded to strike his wife in the face repeatedly with a ballpeen hammer. After the murder of his wife he moved between each member of the family's beds, using a straight razor and stockings to kill them from youngest to oldest. He woke the two eldest boys and a scuffle ensued, ending with Hassell killing them with a shotgun and an axe. All of the bodies were then stored in the newly dug root cellar by the house.

Arrest And Execution

Hassell claimed to the town he and his family were returning to Oklahoma, and sold all of their belongings in a large yard sale. During the auction a wagon ran over the sinkhole and aroused the suspicion of law enforcement. Soon afterward, Hassell attempted suicide but survived, and excavations revealed the remains in the root cellar.

After Hassell confessed, a short trial was convened and Farwell soon took on a carnival atmosphere, as well as its sister city Texico, New Mexico. On February 2, 1928, George Hassell died in the electric chair, the 27th man executed in the state of Texas.

Motive

Hassell had a long history of criminal behavior, including the murder of another family in California, embezzlement and military desertion. According to his testimony his initial act was a crime of passion, the children's deaths being necessary to protect himself. A psychiatric report at the time mentions a complete lack of conscience.

External links

* [http://laurajames.typepad.com/clews/2005/08/if_ever_a_man_d.html CLEWS: The Historic True Crime Blog]
* [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Wtx/Parmer/cemetery/Olivet.html Olivet Cemetery, Parmer County, Texas]

Books

Rebecca Grayson. *"Liar", Xlibris, 378 pp., ISBN 1-4010-8292-0

Persondata
NAME=Hassell, George
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=Hassell, George Jefferson (full name)
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Mass Murderer
DATE OF BIRTH=July 1888
PLACE OF BIRTH=Smithville, Texas
DATE OF DEATH=December 5 1926
PLACE OF DEATH=Huntsville, Texas


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