Indianapolis: 1907. Item #1263
3 3/4" x 7". Thin card stock. Good: some creasing, a couple small closed tears and evidence of scrap book removal on verso. On September 30, 1906, Jesse Coe and George Williams were accused of shooting two Indianapolis police officers, killing one of them. Williams was caught quickly and executed, while Coe eluded capture for nine months, leading to a nationwide manhunt that is the subject of this handbill. According to contemporary newspaper accounts, he was captured in California on May 25, 1907. The back of the handbill, along with the receipt stamp on the front, shows this card was actually used in the manhunt: it was mailed to the warden of the Old Montana Prison in Deer Lodge, presumably after the reward was raised to $1500. The handbill is accompanied with a contemporary news clipping of the reward notice when it was $700, which interestingly has the penciled notation of “shot killed 11/13/06”, much earlier than the newspaper account referenced above, and earlier than the received stamp on the handbill. We note a colleague offering a Coe handbill when the reward was $700 with a penciled note stating nearly the exact same thing.