Man Murdered With Umbrella Through Eyeball

Victorian-era black umbrella
Victorian-era black umbrella

Old GoDC buddy Jack sent along a crazy tale that I can only describe by saying OMFG. You’ll see what I mean.

This is an article from November 10th, 1887 published in the Washington Post.

The case of Beverly Jones, the young colored man charged with killing Robert Morris by plunging an umbrella through his eyeball in his brain, came up yesterday before Judge Montgomery. the murder is alleged to have been committed September 23, on H street between Sixth and Seventh southwest. Messrs. T. F. Miller and John Brown appear for Jones. There was much difficulty in securing a jury and nearly the whole day passed before twelve men were selected as follows: George G. Boteler, Frank O. Offutt, Charles L. Hurley, Louis D. Moline, John H. Gheen, John H. Streets, M. N. Perryman, James S. Worthington, Theo Lay, William C. Barnes, Edward Summerville and L. A. Littleford. Upon the completion of the jury the court adjourned until this morning.

The 600 block of H St. no longer exists, but below is a map of the area today, courtesy of Google.


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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • Jim Steele

    It’s amazing that newspapers back then published the names of jurors in murder cases. That’s unthinkable today.

    • Bill Simmons

      Yes it is. They published the names and addresses of police officers, witnesses, victims, and just about everyone else.