Title: Packwood murders
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Title: Packwood murders
Alternate Title: Legal records, New Smyrna
Physical Description: 4, 1 leaves : ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Sweett, Zelia Wilson
Federal Writers' Project of the Work Projects Administration for the State of Florida
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Publication Date: 1936]
Subject: Murder -- Florida -- New Smyrna   ( lcsh )
history -- New Smyrna (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (leaf 5).
Statement of Responsibility: Zelia W. Sweett.
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General Note: "Oct. 12, 1936."
General Note: "Federal Writers' Projects, American Guide, Daytona Beach, Florida."
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nAmeroian Guide.
Daytona Beach, Florida


Researched by- Zelia W. Sweet, LEGAL RECORDS
Jr. Intvr. (New Smyrna)

Approx. 800words Oct. 12, 1936

Paokwood Murders

The Paokwood murders occurred in 1391. An extremely

brutal affair in which two women and two children were killed, it

attracted national attention, detectives and news writers from

many cities ..omng td New Smyrna to cover the case.' It was tried

several times in several courts; three men were convicted, sen-

tenced and later released. Vhe Supreme Court proceedings on the

case are one of the longest recorded in Florida. The murders oo-

ourrcd on December llth, 1891 and the final decision was not given

until 1395. 0

In December 1891, Franois J. packwood. with his sister-

in-law Miss Adelaide Bruce, and his four-year old son Frank, lived

on the Indian rivers, fo 1 14* the towns of New-ypa
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and Oak Hill. '0r., Pa"ewood 'Iqe was somewhat isolated, being ,:

immediately on the river and about a mile from the public road.

His house was built on a large shell mound overlooking the river.'

On Thursday, Mr. pokLwoqd left his plaoe to visit Orange Coun0ty)
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Researched by Zelia W. Sweett,
Jr. Intvr.

Daytona Beach, Florida

a 1Mr. Hatch, living a few miles distant, to stay with his family

until his return.

On the 13th day of December 1891, duriir his absence, the

dead bodies of Miss Bruce, the little boy, Mrs. Hatch and her son

(Bennie, 11 years old) who had accompanied her to the Packwood place,

were found murdered in the house.

The crime was reported by Irving Jenkins, a'negro with

Indian blood, who was in the habit of helping out at the paokwoods
and doing errands foz them. He claimed he went by as usual, found

the gate open, then saw an open window and could hear no one about, /

so be went, without investigating further, to tell the neighbors, a

mile away. In the room of the broken window was found Miss Bruce
on the bed, in extreme disarray, the side of her face crushed with

the barrel of a gun belonging in the house, shot, and her head'almost
cut off. On the floor at the foot of her bed lay the body of little

Frairkie Paokwood, shot and his throat out also. In an adjoining

room the body of rs. Htatch was on the couch, shot, the body of Bennie

beside her with hio throatat andt fa nto knife slashes in the pillpw1
and- the. musse& up aOh, W^'as If he had pult p & u&rtggle ,:y

before he was killed.. here were also marks of a dog's teeth iin his

feet. -' : :.

,te o~roner' t verdict ras brought in Uonday, eoeaber 2Bh-
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Researched by Zelia W. Sweett,
Jr. Intvr.
Daytona Beach, Florida
Jury in Deland... on the 9th, Ma~lon Clinton confessed. He said he
had gone to bed when Will MoRae and Irving Jenkins oame for him; h
got up, dressed and went to the Paokwood place with them for wine,.
but he did not go to the house, staying in the boat until the others
oame baok...yet the three were met walking toward the Packwcod plaoe
and explained that they had walked toward Hawkes Park always to see
if they would meet Paokwood...but had turned back. The story goes
that Moitae called Miss Bruce to the wine house and attempted assault
but Miss Bruoe fought hiam off and ran to the house to Mrso Hatch;
then KcRae told Jenkins what he had done and Jenkins said they would
have to kill them all or they would surely get in trouble. So they
broke the window and went in. Miss Bruoe had gotten a shot gun 6ut
Jenkins took it from her and hit her with it; she and Frankie Poak-
wood were both shot with a 32. enter fire 8rith and Wesson (this
revolver had been borrowed by Marion Olinton frcm a Mr. OCouoh and
was returned the morning the bodies were discovered), and their
throats out. Mrs. Hatch had a 32 rim-fire revolver which she shot

onoe, then she was shot dowA, after which they presumably dispa ohed

three days was transferred to Taares where it was taken up again on

April 5th, 1894* On Apr- 1 2d the jury brought in- a verit of .9
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Researched by zelia W., Sweett,.
Jr. Intvr.

Daytona Beaoh, Florida,

the sease of -lilton, and the accused were sentenced: Jenkins and
Molae to be hung and Olinton to oonfinemenit in the penitentiary

for life.

Then St. Olaire Abrams who had convicted the three, took

the case for MoRae, Jenkins and Olinton, and at the January 1895

terA of the Supreme Oourt in Tavares, asked for and was awarded a

new trial on the grounds that the jurors on the Oase were not drawn

striotly aooording .to the Aot of 1893 and that the statements of the

prisoners, although taken down by the State's Attorney, had not been

read to or signed by the prisoners, so. were not adiaesible as cvi-i

denoe. And the last trLal, that same year, acquitted all three m;n.

A most amusing incident of thi's trial was the delegation bf '

townsmen, 83 in number, who 'on April 28th, 1894 (a few days after the-

three prisoners were sentenced) went to give the Olinton family S0

days notice to leave the country. Tey were 'et at the door by Mrs.

Olinton, 'mother of Marion, who held a double-barreled shot gun. She

said the one word: "GSit, they got and the Clinton family stilt

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Interview with:

Mr. Hartas diary


P0. Shr yok, lNow Smyrna, Via.
S. Hart, ISV a7wal, m F.

A System. of Family Registration,
in the Mdgewater Library.

kept by Dr. Hawkes

Interview with:

marioon DIsisou,

New Smyrna,

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