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Det. Wm C. Pryde, Memphis, TN, 1877
Posted by: Sherry Wilkinson (ID *****6795) Date: June 21, 2008 at 17:01:34
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No kin to me, just posting a find.

Arkansas Gazette Abstracts, Tues., Dec. 25, 1877

Horrible Accidents
Detective Pryde of Memphis Unconsciously Kills His Wife & Child.

Memphis, Dec. 24
A horrible accident occurred at 3:30 o'clock this morning on Alabama St. Detective William C. Pryde, while half asleep, imagined that he heard a burglar at his window, took a pistol from under his pillow, and in attempting to cock it the weapon was discharged, the ball passing through the body of his 5 month old child, and also through the body of his wife, causing the death of both in a few hours. The inquest is now being held. Mr. Pryde is almost crazed in consequence of the terrible accident.

Memphis, Dec. 24
The coroner's jury, in the case of Det. Pryde, who accidently shot & killed his wife & child this morning exonerated him, his wife having repeatedly stated that it was an accident before her wound proved fatal.

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