Monday, July 6, 2009

WILL KNIGHT - Pages TB 44-45 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book


County of Lyon
June 30 1914
Versus } Lunatic
Will Knight

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 Will Knight 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: W L Moneymaker, C Armstrong, F E Cummins, A B Prince, B T smith, Boswell Talley, Sam West, J Z Mize, J T Rainey, Z P Gresham, Frank T??m?, T ? Sto??;
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 Will Knight is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic.
That the unsoundness of mind has existed since Jay 1 1913: that _he was born in _____ (State or Country) and resides in Prison at Eddyville County and is 25 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 Will Knight is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for _____ support.

(Additional facts as per instructions of presiding judge.)

HUNG JURY _____ Foreman


Brief History of Case by the Presiding Judge:

Age? 25 Color? Black Sex: Male; Single;
Occupation? Inmate 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: two months; How exhibited and has it changed in character? Slougish [?]
Supposed cause? Kidney trouble; Any delusions or hallucinations, and if so, what? No;
Subject to fits? no, 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? Yes; Violent? At times; Destructive? _____ Cleanly? No; Periodic frenzy and lucid intervals and duration of each: several hours;
What restraints have been imposed and what treatment used: confined in cell;
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.”

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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