Thursday, August 25, 2016

Attempted Rape 1909

 Lawrence County News August 12, 1909

A warrant was issued Saturday for the arrest of John Gravitt, charged with attempting to rape Amanda, the 18-year-old daughter of Charles Bearley, living east of this city. The girl keeps house for her father, her mother being dead, and her story is to the effect that young Gravitt came to the house Saturday while her father was absent and forcibly attempted to gratify his passions. She resisted and finally escaped and made her way to a neighbor’s. The girl’s clothes were badly torn in the struggle. Gravitt made his escape and so far has not been captured.

Lawrence County News August 19, 1909

John Gravitt, who was wanted for rape on the person of Miss Amanda Bearley, was arrested by Sheriff Vandament at Decker, Indiana Saturday and brought to this city. He waived a preliminary hearing Monday and was placed under $300 bond; failing to give bond, he was remanded to jail.

( Ed note:  Apparently young Gravitt's father got into a fight with Amanda's father. This time, what had two weeks before been labeled as attempted rape, was now being called "family troubles." )

Lawrence County News on August 26, 1909

Charles Bearley and Sam Gravitt indulged in a fistic encounter Friday over family troubles and Gravitt seemed to be getting the best of his opponent. Bearley then drew a knife and proceeded to cut a few slices from Gravitt’s arm and neck. As a result Bearley appeared before Squire Monjar, Monday, waived a preliminary hearing and was bound over to the Grand Jury in the sum of $200. Several stitches were required in dressing Gravitt's wounds and he has an ugly looking scratch on his throat where Bearley was hunting for his jugular vein.