Monday, June 8, 2009

OSCAR ALEXANDER - Pages TB 28-29 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book


County of Lyon
Oct 13 1913
Versus } Lunatic
Oscar Alexander

This day J S Hodges Attorney for the Commonwealth filed an information as follows, to-wit: To T P Gray Judge of the Lyon County Court: I am reliably informed that Oscar Alexander 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
County Attorney Lyon 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: Frank Tanner, Jos. Roberson, N L Gresham, James Ramey, H E Yates, A A Ramey, D I Hennsley, Jeff Wills, W Luckett, Z P Gresham, F R 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 in the case of Oscar Alexander the jury can not agree.
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.)

James F Ramey Foreman


Brief History of Case by the Presiding Judge:

Age? 46 Color? Black Sex: Male Married
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? Do not know.
Duration of present attack: ______ How exhibited and has it changed in character? A great talker. Think every body wants to hurt him [sic]
Supposed cause? Kidney trouble; Any delusions or hallucinations, and if so, what? ______
Subject to fits? Fits(?), if so, how long and from what cause: ______
Natural temper and disposition toward relatives: Bad at times; Any threat, attempt of tendency to injure self or others? None; attempt injury others; Destructive? ______ Cleanly? Yes; Periodic frenzy and lucid intervals and duration of each: yes, two or three days;
What restraints have been imposed and what treatment used: confine 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? ______ “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 Oscar Alexander 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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