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 The Only Execution in Belmont County, Ohio

by Marie Bundy

One of the most exciting incidents in the early history of Kirkwood township was the murder of Louisa Fox, in 1869, by a notorious character named Thomas Carr. Carr was a man of bad reputation who had become infatuated with the beauty of the girl who was 14 years of age. When she refused to marry him, he brutally killed her. Afterwards he tried to commit suicide by cutting his throat and shooting himself but failed. He was arrested, his wounds dressed and committed to jail. After an intensely exciting trial, extending over a period of five days, the jury brought in the verdict of guilty. The execution took place March 24, 1870 and was the first and only execution in Belmont County.

Source: Centennial History of Belmont County






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