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Hays Free Press April 5, 2017 COMMUNITY Page 3C Texas History: A bloody triple murder Continued from pg. 1C in northem Liberty Cotm , Watts "accidentally" shot Ellen Partain Sapp to death while cleaning his gun. According to prosecutors, Em and brother l_ou later did away withWatts and Havard because they could not keep their mouths shut. After a few drinks, the two would tell any- body who would listen how Em's May-December marriage i really ended. The judge denied bail and sent the Sapps back to jail until their day in court. One year and two changes ofvenue later, Em and Lou Sapp went on trial at LutMn for the murder of RichardWatts. Witnesses testified that Lou and an inebriated Richard Watts boarded a train at Beau- mont on the morning of/an. 7, 1915. Em met them at the station in Lumberton, and the trio was last seen driving in the direction of the Big Thicket. The bloodthirsty broth- ers followed the same script a short time later, and Frank Havard joined Richard Watts in "The Sapp Graveyard." The Lufkin dozen deliber- ated 82 hours before finally finding the Sapp boys guilty as charged. Jurors gave Em 40 years and Lou 20 years, but itwas all for naught as the convictions were reversed on appeal. Meanwhile, Em was tried at Bryan for the murder ofhis missus. The verdict was guilty and the sentence was 99 years. Lou got out on bail in the summer of 1919 and dropped out of sight. Sixteen years later in Louisiana, he was arrested for another murder and pre- smnably punished. Em entered the Texas Department of Corrections in July 1920. He behaved himself, made trusty and was eventually transferred to a minimum security farm. In April 1930, he went fishing all by his lonesome and never came back. The fugitive settled in Ten- nessee, where he assumed the identity of a dead brother and became a policeman. Em might never have been caught had he not tried to collect his brother's Spanish-American War pension. Sentenced to 10 years federal time, Em was returned to Texas in 1941 to finish his 99-year stretch. But a tearftfl telling of his tale of woe on national radio resulted in a letter-writing campaign that convinced Gov. Coke Steven- son to pardon him in Decem- ber 1943. Texas handed Em back to the feds in the belief he would spend the better part of the next decade in stripes. But 14 months later he was a free man. Em Sapp suddenly showed up in Kountze in 1955 and took up residence in nearby Silsbee. Arrested for the illegal purchase and possession of a firearm, he was sent back to prison in June 1962. The triple murderer died behind bars nine months later at age 85. Bartee welcomes your com- ments and questions at bartee- haile@gnu iLcom or P.O. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549 and invites you to visit his web site at Visiting Dogs: Bringing smiles with doggy visits Continued from pg. 1C we started developing our own program here." As the program is fairly new, the lack of resources and funding prevented PAWS : from expanding. , While Toby and Mojo have been sponsored, PAWS still needs sponsors for the two dogs who will also join the program. Despite the need for more !sponsors, Toby and Mojo are i training by visiting the Stone- bridge Skilled Nursing Health Center in Southwest Austin. After graduating from the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen training program, PAWS will further train Toby and Mojo, focusing on distractions commonly found in nursing homes or hospitals, such as wheel- chairs. "We add a component on top of [the AKC training] so they're used to that environ- ment," Hiiburn said. After Toby and Mojo pass their exams and graduate from training, two more dogs will begin training. However, these two dogs will be trained more to entertain than to comfort. "They're going to put on more kind of a circus show for residents and children's programs," Hilburn said. Dogs chosen to partici- pate in Visiting Pet program have to meet criteria and go through a selection process, Hilburn said. "This is an additional train- ing program they go through with their handler," Hflbum said. Dogs involved in the Visit- ing Pet program go through training once a year. As the Visiting Pet program expands, the four-legged friends spread love and hap- piness to those who need it most. "It's that animal-human bond that we try to promote," Hilburn said. Sudoku Solutio. 1 4161. i !El 2 9 7' 9 8 i 51 ! 3 1 6] _ _9 _4 _ii i .......... ,3 9 l i' Sii i i': 8 6 - Sudoku Puzzle, from page 2C Texas Crossword Texas Crossword, from page 2C I Buda, Texas 15300 S. lH-35 312-16i5 1 FARMERS" I Your Hometown McDonald's ....~i:.~ .::i~i~;~ h Mcl~mmkl', of Buda : !~r::::;: if;::.i~ I 15359 IH-35, Ste. 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