Saturday, June 6, 2009

BOB HELTON - Pages TB 24-25 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book


County of Lyon
May ?1913
Versus } Lunatic
Bob Helton

This day J S Hodges Attorney for the Commonwealth filed an information as follows, to-wit: To T P Gray Judge of the Lyon Court: I am reliably informed that Bob Helton 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: F G Murray, W C Payne, Joe Smith, C J Gresham, L W Duncan, Joe Timmons, Shelly Satterfield, Cook Mayhugh, Davis Carrell, F K Maddox, B S Vicke? And John ???
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 Bob Helton is a person of unsound mind and a ____
That the unsoundness of mind has existed since ____: that _he was born in ____ (State or Country) and resides in ____ County and is ____ 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 ____ father is ____ and mother is ____ and reside in ____ and ha_ not estate ____ sufficient to support the person under trial; and said ____ is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for ____ support.

(Additional facts as per instructions of presiding judge.)

C J Gresham Foreman


Brief History of Case by the Presiding Judge:

Age? 45 Color? White Sex: Male Married,
Occupation? Prisoner Occupation of Husband? ____ Habits? Irregular
Extent of Education ? Good Number and date of previous attacks? ____
What relatives, if any, have been insane, peculiar or intemperate? His Mother
Duration of present attack: ____ How exhibited and has it changed in character? ____
Supposed cause? ____ Any delusions or hallucinations, and if so, what? ____
Subject to fits? ??, if so, how long and from what cause: ____
Natural temper and disposition toward relatives: ____ Any threat, attempt of tendency to injure self or others? yes Violent? yes Destructive? yes Cleanly? yes Periodic frenzy and lucid intervals and duration of each: at intervals What restraints have been imposed and what treatment used: confined to cell
Any injury about the head ever received? ____ 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? ____
“Together with whatever else may be deemed material toward enabling the superintendent of the asylum to understand the case.”

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

____ Judge ____ Court
Attest: ____ Clerk ____ Court
Term ____ Date ____
Book No. ____ Page ____

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