I’ve posted about this killing before, but this article gives some new names and information.
The Daily Ardmoreite
April 07, 1914
Headless Woman Mystery Solved
Caddo Farmer Confesses to Killing His Wife Near Coalgate
Coalgate, Okla., April 6- The mystery of the finding of the nude headless body of a woman sewed up in a sack in Boggy Creek, three miles north of Coalgate on October 10, 1910, was solved here Monday afternoon when R. L. Bledsoe, a farmer living seven miles east of Caddo, confessed to J. R. Wood that the body was that of his wife, Addie Bledsoe, whom he had killed during a quarrel while camping on the banks of the creek.
Bledsoe stated that following a quarrel he smashed in the skull of his wife with an adz and later cut off her head with the same instrument. He placed the body in one sack and the head in another, throwing both into the creek. The sack containing the head was never found, adding to the mystery connected with the event.
The killing took place in the latter part of August, 1919, while the couple was enroute overland from Ardmore to McAlester, it is stated n the confession, but the body was not found for more than two months, two boys finally discovering it.
Bledsoe later wrote to Mrs. Nellie Decker, daughter of his wife, who had been married, twice previously, to men named Mason and Waller, stating that her mother was dead and buried. That Bledsoe was intimate with E. L. Waller, another single daughter of his wife, also is admitted by the man. This daughter was making the trip from Ardmore to McAlester by rail at the time of the killing.
Mrs. Decker, hearing of the finding of the body at Coalgate, became suspicious and sent to the Coalgate chief of police, R. L. Morgan, a description of her mother. Later she completed the identification in person, making certain of it by a broken arm. Chief Morgan worked on the case for a long time before securing evidence tending to incriminate Bledsoe.
The farmer was arrested late Sunday night at his home near Caddo by Morgan and a Bryan County deputy sheriff and brought to Coalgate Monday morning. Under a grilling examination by the county attorney he broke down and confessed.