The Caddo Herald
January 26, 1917
Will Bledsoe Killed
Although County Attorney Abbott and all the officers of the city have been hard at work since Saturday night, mystery still surrounds the killing about midnight Saturday of Will Bledsoe, a farmer living west of Caddo by T. L. Henderson of Durant at Henderson’s home.
The story as we have learned it is that Bledsoe had accompanied a Mrs. Rutherford, who rents part of the house occupied by Henderson and his family home from the picture show. Bledsoe stayed rather late and along about twelve o’clock Henderson called to Mrs. Rutherford and inquired was Bledsoe still there.
Henderson claims that Mrs. Rutherford said, “no”, that he had gone. Henderson then got up and dressed and hearing further talk in Mrs. Rutherford’s room, got his single barrel shotgun, put a load of buckshot in it, and slipped out of the house.
Henderson had been out of the house but a short time when it is alleged that he saw Bledsoe slip out and he shot and killed him. The entire load of buckshot entered Bledsoe’s right side killing him instantly.
Henderson immediately went to a neighbor’s house and got them to phone for the officers and a doctor. Neighbors in the vicinity of the Henderson home, which is at Seventh and Locust, were aroused and went to the scene and found Bledsoe dead.
Officers arrested Henderson and he is being held on a charge of murder. Bledsoe’s body was taken in charge by the Holmes Undertaking company. On Bledsoe’s body $293 in cash was found. There were two $100 bills and the balance in small denominations.
Despite the hard work of the officers very little light has been shed on the killing, although the investigation is being continued and it is hoped by the officers that they will find further facts in connection with the tragedy.
All the parties in the case are married. Henderson has a wife and five or six children; Bledsoe leaves a wife and two sons and Mrs. Rutherford has a husband and two children, although she is separated from her husband. Durant Democrat