The Case of the Dead Farmhand

Was the shooting of Norman Cook justifiable homicide or a brutal murder?

Richard J. Goodrich
Dec 28, 2020 · 19 min read
Indiana Farmhouse.
Indiana Farmhouse.
Indiana Farmhouse. Library of Congress. Public Domain.
Anna Bankert
Anna Bankert
Anna Bankert. Rushville Republican, August 16, 1905; Public Domain.
Sylvester Bankert
Sylvester Bankert
Sylvester Bankert. Rushville Republican, August 16, 1905. Public Domain.

Troubling Inconsistencies Accumulate

Competing Explanations

The Trial Begins

A Nasty Surprise

Pistol Practice

A Virtuous Woman

Closing Arguments

The Verdict

Epilogue

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Richard J. Goodrich

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Author and history professor. Excavating the past for fun and profit. Web-site: www.richardjgoodrich.com

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