McClaskey Murder Write-Up 1921

January 6, 1921


Special Venire of 100 men To …
He summoned from Which
To Select Trial Jury.


The case of the State of Missouri vs. Daisy McClaskey, charged with murder in the first degree in the killing of her husband on the morning of November 15th, was called by Hon. Fred Lamb, judge of the circuit court soon after the convening of court Monday afternoon.

W.F. Calfee, prosecuting attorney, John W. Clapp (Note: John Clapp is a brother to my great great grandmother, Rozzella Clapp McClaskey) and J.P. Painter, employed as special prosecutors, appeared for the state, and A. G. Knights of Trenton and D. M. Wilson of Milan represented the defendant.

After a brief discussion by the court and the attorneys, it was agreed that the case would be set for hearing at the opera house on the second Monday of February next, and an order was made for the sheriff to summon a special venire of one hundred men from which to select the jury of twelve who will set as jurors in the case.

The case has already and will continue to attract a great deal of attention, and it is likely that citizens from different parts of this county, as well as other counties, will attend the trial.

Both sides are represented by able and distinguished attorneys, and the case will be thoroughly contested.  Some of the ablest trial lawyers in North Missouri are arrayed against one another, and  it is likely no advantage will be gained by either side.  The trial will no doubt be conducted along high-minded and legal lines.

The standard only wishes, as all other good citizens do, that justice will prevail. ___________________________________________________________________________16 Jan 2023: A gentleman recently wrote me and asked be how this turned out.  Daisy was acquitted in less than an hour.   Sir, I actually emailed you back, but my email was blocked.  I can send you more clippings about the story.  Peg

2 Responses to McClaskey Murder Write-Up 1921

  1. Ed Glenn says:

    So what was the outcome of the trial? Writing an article about Daisy’s son, Claygit (C.W.) McClaskey, who was a well loved doctor in Cuba, Kansas for 52 years.

    • PeggyAnn says:

      Mr. Glenn,
      I am sorry it took so long to answer. My husband has been sick a couple of years now. It’s been quite serious.
      I believe he’s on the mend now. Anyway, Daisy was aquitted in less than an hour. I was going to send you some more clippings
      but my email was blocked. I believe it was that same son, that you talk of that made it into National Geographic. I have the aritcle around here somewhere.

      🙂 Peg p.s. if you want more clippings email me:

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