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WASH NEWMAN - Pages TB 12-13 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book


County of Lyon
April 20 1912
Versus } Lunatic
Wash Newman

This day J S Hodges Attorney for the Commonwealth filed an information as follows, to-wit: To T P Gray Judge of the _____ Court: I am reliably informed that Wash Newman 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 G Cash, S A Stone, Willis Holland, John Tyler, J W Gresham, M Tucker, J M Wills, Chas Robertson, Geo Holland, G R McClure, M E Robertson, F U Stovall.
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 Wash Newman is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic. That the unsoundness of mind has existed since _____: that he was born in _____ (State or Country) and resides in Jefferson 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 none no estate of any kind; that _____ father is dead and – do not know - mother is dead and reside in _____ and ha_____ not estate no estate sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Wash Newman 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 that Wash Newman of unsound mind and a lunatic.

Sam G Cash Foreman


Brief History of Case by the Presiding Judge:

Age? 39 Color? Black Sex: Male Married, single or Widowed? Prisoner
Occupation? _____ Occupation of Husband? _____ Habits? Bad
Extent of Education ? none Number and date of previous attacks? Continuous for 3 months
What relatives, if any, have been insane, peculiar or intemperate? Do not know
Duration of present attack: 3 months How exhibited and has it changed in character? no
Supposed cause? Do not know; Any delusions or hallucinations, and if so, what? Melancholy Insanity
Subject to fits? no, if so, how long and from what cause: _____
Natural temper and disposition toward relatives: Bad mild(?) Any threat, attempt of tendency to injure self or others? yes Violent? yes Destructive? yes Cleanly? no Periodic frenzy and lucid intervals and duration of each: _____
What restraints have been imposed and what treatment used: confined in cell
Any injury about the head ever received? none 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? no
“Together with whatever else may be deemed material toward enabling the superintendent of the asylum to understand the case.”

Rape – attemted [sic]

Wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Wash Newman 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 King Clerk Lyon Co Court
Term Call Date April 20 1912
Book No. 2 Page 13

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