reprinted from the Nebraska Sheriff's Association yearbook
that was loaned to us by Sheriff Kugler.
The first murder in Sherman County was the
shooting of E.D. Chapman by George McKellar on February 28, 1877. It was
decided that the prisoner was to remain at the home of his parents, since
the County had no jail. McKellar was found guilty and sentenced to life
imprisonment May 31, 1877.
On Thursday June 26th, 1941 an accident turned to murder 2½ miles west
of Litchfield. Carl Anderson and his wife, Evelyn O'Brien Anderson, on
their way home from Mason City appeared to have an accident. Mr. Anderson
accompanied by Sheriff Hancock went to Chicago where Mr. Anderson would be
subject to a grilling in the lie detector laboratory of the famed crime
scientist, Leonardo Keeler. Mr. Anderson jumped out of a fifth floor
window in Chicago. The Coroner's Jury found that Mrs. Anderson "came
to her death from blows on the head feloniously inflicted by her husband
with a piece of iron pipe."