Fratricid at a Dance

Article taken from The Massillion Independent, October 24, 1895

Portsmouth O., Oct. 23.- A fratricid has been the result of a drunken dance near Beattyville, Ky. The dance was held at the residence of William Simpler. During the festivites John Allen appeared, and, announcing he was the best man present, offered to fight anyone in town. Charles Simpler, a twin brother of William, objected, and in the altercation that ensued cut his brother with a razor. The latter, seizing William's wife, held her shoulder, empted his revolver into into his twin brother, shooting him through the stomach. The crowd immediatley fled. When the authorities visited the house the wounded man was found dying, with his wife lying across him in a faint. The murderer was found in an adjoining room, drunk.