Eleanor Gillespie's arrest for killing her second husband, Bath County Sheriff John Hawkins, was reported in the May 19, 1817 Kentucky Gazette, published in Lexington. But the daughter of her descendant says there was no evidence of "a considerable sum of money." The real cause was likely domestic abuse.
Eleanor Gillespie's arrest for killing her second husband, Bath County Sheriff John Hawkins, was reported in the May 19, 1817 Kentucky Gazette, published in Lexington. But the daughter of her descendant says there was no evidence of "a considerable sum of money." The real cause was likely domestic abuse. Tom Eblen teblen@herald-leader.com
Eleanor Gillespie's arrest for killing her second husband, Bath County Sheriff John Hawkins, was reported in the May 19, 1817 Kentucky Gazette, published in Lexington. But the daughter of her descendant says there was no evidence of "a considerable sum of money." The real cause was likely domestic abuse. Tom Eblen teblen@herald-leader.com

A sheriff murdered. A woman hanged. A 200-year-old family mystery.

July 28, 2017 2:17 PM

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Tom Eblen is a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader who writes about life, people and issues in Lexington and Kentucky. A Lexington native, Eblen was the Herald-Leader's managing editor from 1998 to 2008.