21 Jul 1936 Ira Pinkham, 50, West Frankfort, was brought to the county jail today on a charge of murdering his wife, Mrs Amanda Pinkham, 43, at their home in West Frankfort last night. Mrs Pinkham was found near her home, her head had been beaten with a three foot length of pipe. She died at the hospital and hour after Pinkham called an ambulance. Only two witnesses were examined during the inquest: Pinkham's 11 year old son, Esker,who gave damaging evidence against his father; a foreign lady who specializes in fortune telling. Pinkham denied any knowledge of the murder, saying he knew nothing until awakened by a neighbor. He suggested she had been struck by an automobile. His son stated that his father has chased his mother about the premises before killing her with the pipe and believed his father intended to kill him. He said his father stated, "you will (not)tell the officers." The boy is said to have promised to keep his mouth closed.
16 Sep 1936 Ira Pinkham, 52, entered a plea of guilty to the charge of murdering his wife, Amanda Pinkham, 43, on July 21, 1936, and was given a life sentence. According to his son, Esker, 11, Pinkham had quarreled with his wife, ordered her to bed and later he struck her in the face with his fist as she lay in bed. He then dragged her out into the road in front of the house and beat her with a stick that looked like an old ax handle. Esker stated, "I ran out where he was beating her and then he ran after me and caught me and told me to go to bed. After I went to bed, he got a piece of gas pipe and went back out to where my mama was lying in the road, and beat her over the head with it...I got my little brother and carried him a little way, until he awoke, and then went to my sister's." It is said that Mr Pinkham then called an undertaker, stating, "a woman has been run over by a truck in front of my house" and gave a fictitious name.