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Young Brothers Massacre

 On January 2, 1932, Jennings and Harry Young were wanted for auto theft and for the murder of Republic, Mo. Marshal Mark Noe. When approached by 10 police officers at their mother’s home in Brookline, Mo., they decided to fight it out. In the end six policemen were killed: Marcell Hendrix, Ollie Crosswhite, Tony Oliver, Sid Meadows, Charlie Houser and Wiley Mashburn. Several were injured. The Youngs made their escape and were later cornered in a home in Houston, Texas, where they either were shot by police officers or committed suicide or murder/suicide. Their bodies were sent back to Missouri for burial.

Bruce Davis' book provides a vivid account of events leading to the shootout and follows the possible path of escape to the grim ending in Houston, Texas. In addition to Mr. Davis’ book, the Springfield-Greene County Library has several books about the massacre and  a clipping file and microfilm of newspapers about the massacre at the Library Center .

The Young Brothers Massacre by John Woodside published 1932 is available on line.

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