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Murder in Bourbon
"We understand that on Monday, a difficulty occurred in the bar room of the Bourbon House (Mrs. Thurston's) at Paris. Jacob Spear, Esq., a well-known citizen, threw a glass of whisky in the face of Thos. Probert, the bar keeper, who instantly drew his revolver and shot Spear (sic) three times through the head. The wounds caused immediate death. Probert was arrested and lodged in jail to await an examination."
Louisville Daily Courier, 4-26-1986. p. 1, col. 4.
I find this short synopsis interesting, because it contradicts the larger narrative in several subtle ways:
- It speaks of a "difficulty" without any background.
- It claims Probert drew his revolver as if it was his, instead of one kept on the counter of the bar.
- It claims Spears was shot "three times through the head"
- It claims Spears died immediately
- It totally ignores the fact that Probert asked to be taken to jail for his own protection