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DOCK MASSEY - Pages TB 10-11 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book


STATE OF KENTUCKY } April 20 1912 Call Term
County of Lyon
Versus } Lunatic
Dock Massey

This day J S Hodges Attorney for the Commonwealth filed an information as follows, to-wit: To T P Gray Judge of the Lyon Co. Court: I am reliably informed that Dock Massey is a person of unsound mind and a Lunatic (Lunatic or Idiot) and therefore ask that a Jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

J S Hodges
Attorney Lyon Co. Court

Ordered by the Court, That E H James Esq an Attorney of this Court be and he is hereby appointed to defend for and on behalf of the person under trial.

To inquire, etc., comes a Jury, to-wit: Sam A Cash, Jim Stone, Wills Holland, John Tyre, J W Gresham, M Tucker, ??[unreadable], Chas Robertson, Geo Holland, B McClure, M E Robertson, F A St??[unreadable]
Who being duly impaneled and sworn according to law, after hearing the evidence returned the following verdict, viz: We of the jury find from the evidence that Dock Massey is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic.
That the unsoundness of mind has existed since ___: that he was born in Hart County (State or Country) and resides in Ky Prison at Eddyville Ky County and is 39 years of age; that he was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that he owns no estate of any kind; that his father is do not know and mother is ___ and reside in ___ and has not estate ___ sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Dock Massey is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for his support.

(Additional facts as per instructions of presiding judge.)

We the jury find Dock Massey to be of unsound mind and a lunatic.
Sam G Cash Foreman


Brief History of Case by the Presiding Judge:

Age? 39 Color? Black Sex: Mail [sic] Married, single or Widowed? ___
Occupation? Inmate of the Ky Prison; Occupation of Husband? ___ Habits? ___
Extent of Education ? none Number and date of previous attacks? ___
What relatives, if any, have been insane, peculiar or intemperate? Do no know
Duration of present attack: 3 months How exhibited and has it changed in character? ___
Supposed cause? Do not know; Any delusions or hallucinations, and if so, what? ___
Subject to fits? no, if so, how long and from what cause: ___
Natural temper and disposition toward relatives: Bad Any threat, attempt of tendency to injure self or others? No, Violent? yes Destructive? ___ Cleanly? ___ Periodic frenzy and lucid intervals and duration of each: ___
What restraints have been imposed and what treatment used: Confined to his cell. Treated by physician.
Any injury about the head ever received? No, Any bodily disease from suppression of evacuations, eruptions, sores or injuries? No; What estate have the parents, husband or wife of the person under trial? Do not know;
“Together with whatever else may be deemed material toward enabling the superintendent of the asylum to understand the case.”

Sent to prison for murder for from 2 to 21 years.

Wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Doc Massey is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic (Lunatic or dangerous Idiot); it is ordered that he be committed to the asylum for the insane at Hopkinsville Ky., and that the superintendent of said asylum be immediately notified and directed to send for said lunatic.

T P Gray Judge Lyon Co Court
Attest: N S Kinny(?) Clerk Lyon Co Court
Term Call Date April 20, 1912
Book No. 2 Page 11

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