Viewing Samuel W. Eaton: "Murder of Warren Youmans and Others." (1883)
Samuel Eaton, a minister, farmer, newspaper editor and state representative in Rochester, wrote vignettes of five murders committed in Olmsted County between 1865 and 1880. For each, he describes the events preceding the crime, the apprehension of suspects, their court appearances, and sentences. The longest segment is about the trial and conviction of George Staley for murdering Frederick Ableitner in October 1867. His appeal was rejected by the Minnesota Supreme Court, whose opinion, Minnesota v. Staley, 14 Minn. (Gil. 75) 105 (1869), is posted in an Appendix.