1899 ATROCIOUS MURDERS: Fugitive Dill alias Rollins, Tom Ketchum named by W. Rose.
"It was Deputy Drew who followed and captured the suspect Rose in the Tonto Basin country. Rose was afterwards discharged from custody, he proving not to be the man."
"While in Payson with his prisoner, Drew took Rose before a storekeeper from whom it was supposed that the murderer bought his supplies, and the storekeeper at once declared he was not the man. Rose told Drew that from the description given of the man who is supposed to have committed the murder, he thought it 'lay between' Tom Ketchum and Sam Dill alias Jack Rollins, two well known train robbers and desperadoes. Rose says that he is well acquainted with all the bad men in the southwest and knows their rendezvous. He also states that a murderer who goes into their country is not shielded, but will be given up if pressed, but that every person in the White hills and that section of the territories will do all in their power to shield the average train robber or hold-up."
"The Ketchum mentioned above is one of the Ketchum brothers, of Texas, one of whom was killed near Albuquerque a few days ago by one of a posse who was after him and his gang for train robbery. One of the Ketchum brothers is light and the other one is dark; it was the light man who was killed."
"On Knight or Night Creek about 35 miles south of Hackberry, Mohave county, two men, one known as "Bish" or "Sweatpad," the other as Con Crooks, wintered with G. T. Duncan. During the winter "Bish" was introduced to a man whose name we have been requested to withhold, by Mr. Duncan under the name of "Wilkmire." This man has since told the officers that he knew "Wilkmire" at Three Creek post office, Owyhe county, Idaho, but did not remember under what name."
"Bish," alias "Sweatpad" rode a bicycle into the Knight Creek country, the bicycle still being there. While there he traded for a pair of home-made spurs which had very long shanks. In making the trade "Bish" said that he was going to have the shanks turned up, they having a downward turn as is usual with all spurs. The two men, Cutsworth and Cameron who were arrested as suspects by Sheriff Munds' posse in the Mogollon Mountains say that the man who is alleged committed the Camp Verde murders wore a pair of long-shanked home-made spurs with the shanks turned up."
"Deputy Sheriff Drew assessed the northern part of Yavapai county this spring and while at the Oaks and Willows, 55 miles north and west of Prescott, on the Baca Grant, March 17, "Bish" rode up to that place on a light bay horse, with double-cinch saddle; on which was a Winchester and field-glass. He led a roan horse bald-faced with white legs up to the hocks. He enquired at the Oaks and Willows the direction and distance to Jerome Junction. At this time Drew made a note of the man and his outfit and later gave it to Sheriff Munds, with the remark that he, the sheriff, might need it later on."
"From the Oaks and Willows "Bish" went to Jerome Junction where he met his partner, who had been waiting there for a couple of days. His partner, who is supposed to be Con Crooks rode a gray horse, given to him by G. T. Duncan, with the understanding that it was to be returned after Crooks had gone to Idaho and returned with a bunch of horses. Duncan has never had his horse returned."
"At Jerome Junction the two men enquired the direction to Jerome, but it is apparent that they never came here as they were next seen in the Verde Valley where Ed Wingfield had a conversation with them. It is supposed that they went from the valley into New Mexico where Crooks was killed. Crooks is described as a man about 38 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds. "Bish" returned to Arizona it is alleged camping in what is called Leonard Canyon north of Payson."
"It is thought that this is the man who committed the terrible murders at Camp Verde. It is alleged that his description is identical with that given by those who escaped the massacre."
"Sheriff Munds is still in the saddle and will undoubtedly apprehend the murderer."
"Gov. Murphy has offered an additional reward of $500 for his arrest."
"It is the opinion of many that he is still in the Clear Creek country."
(Jerome Mining News; August 7, 1899; page 3, columns 1-2.)