James Cliborn murdered inTN 1883
East Tennessee News, (Blount Co. TN) Monday, August 20, 1883: [This murder happened in an unknown TN county, but was in a Blount Co. TN newspaper.]
"The Cumberland Falls Station Murder---James Cliborn and two brothers, James and Joseph Randal, were murdered at Cumberland Falls Station, on the Cincinnati Southern Railroad, on Sunday night, 12th inst., by Frank Stagle and an accomplice, name unknown.
The men were employed in getting out cross-ties for the Cincinnati Southern Railroad, and were camping in the woods. They were killed while asleep, with an axe. Cliborn’s head was split open and Randal’s head almost severed from his body.
After committing the deed they threw two of their victims over a cliff one hundred feet high; it is supposed that Cliborn would have shared the same fate had not the assassins been frightened away. Cliborn survived just long enough to reveal the name of one of the villains and explain where his murdered companions were, and died while pronouncing the name of the accomplice.
The murdered men were hard working citizens, and the Randal brothers had the preceeding day drawn a large sum of money from the bank, which furnished the incentive to the premeditated assassination.
Stagle was captured at Monticello, Ky., by Sheriff Sheppard of Pulaski County. His accomplice is still at large.
It is thought that Judge Lynch will take charge of the captured assassin and relieve the slower processes of the law.
Later: It is reported that Stagle was hung and his body riddled with bullets, at Somerset, Ky., by a mob.