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JIM HAWKINS - Pages TB 34-35 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book


County of Lyon
October 15 1917
Versus } Lunatic
Jim Hawkins

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 ______ is a person of unsound mind and a ______ (Lunatic or Idiot) and therefore ask that a Jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

Attorney ______ Court

Ordered by the Court, That ______ 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: Frank Tanner, Joe Robertson, N Z Gresham, James ? Ramey, H E Yates, James Boyd, A A Ramey, D J Hensley, Jeff Wells, W Luckett, ? P Gresham and ? ? Maddux
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 Jim Hawkins 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 Pike 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.)

James ? Foreman


Brief History of Case by the Presiding Judge:

Age? ______ Color? Black Sex: Male Single
Occupation? Inmate of 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? ______;
Duration of present attack: 5 months; How exhibited and has it changed in character? Intervals of Insanity, hallucinations, shake in head;
Supposed cause? ______ Any delusions or hallucinations, and if so, what? He thinks people want to hurt him.
Subject to fits? ______, if so, how long and from what cause: ______
Natural temper and disposition toward relatives: harsh; Any threat, attempt of tendency to injure self or others? No; Violent? ______ Destructive? ______ Cleanly? No; Periodic frenzy and lucid intervals and duration of each: about 2 day;
What restraints have been imposed and what treatment used: Confined to cell; Iodide Potash & Bromide;
Any injury about the head ever received? Concussion of the brain; 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.”
He is a prisoner and we know nothing of his family record.

Wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Jim Hawkins 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. Should he recover and gain his ?? he is to be returned to Eddyville Prison and finish out his term as a prisoner.

T P Gray Judge Lyon Co Court
Attest: N S King Clerk Lyon Co Court
Term ______ Date Oct 15 1913 [sic]
Book No. ______ Page ______

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