The Hossack Case
George McIntosh, twenty-six years old at the time of the murder, was one of the first neighbors to be awakened with the news. McIntosh rode to the Truitt farm to tell the news to Johnnie Hossack. Like others in the community, McIntosh initially suspected that Johnnie might have been involved in the crime, but, while waiting for Johnnie to get ready to leave, McIntosh checked the horses in the Truitt barn and determined that none of them had been ridden recently. McIntosh spent much of the night at the Hossack farm as the victim lay dying. He later told the story to his children, saying that he was haunted by the experience.