The Oklahoma Star
Tuesday Morning, December 28, 1875
Two Women and Two Men Murdered and Burned Near Atoka
On Saturday evening, 1th inst., an Indian came into Atoka and stated that about four miles from town, out on the open prairie, he had just witnessed a deadly conflict between several persons who were about a mile away from where he stood. Several citizens immediately repaired to the place and found four persons murdered, two women and two men. After the commission of the terrible deed the tall grass had been set on fire and two of the bodies were burned beyond the possibility of recognition. The others were found to be whites. They had all been shot from the front and were lying on their backs. Up to this writing there is no clue to the terrible deed, further than that about nine miles from the scene of the tragedy a teamster reports having met three men riding very fast and their horses nearly tired down. The motive is supposed to have been robbery. We anxiously await further developments and will lay them before our readers as soon as received.