Patrick McCarty was hanged on April 8, 1887 for murdering Thomas Mahoney and his brother in the Cherokee Nation. The Mahoney brothers were Kansas farmers who worked with a grading crew on the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad during the winter. On February 17, 1886, McCarty was a traveling companion with the Mahoneys who were returning to Fort Scott, Kansas. When the brothers were alseep, McCarty killed them both, one with a gunshot to the head and the other with an axe. He robbed them of two teams and wagons and $200. McCarty's execution was originally scheduled for January 14, 1887, but he was given a respite while President Grover Cleveland reviewed his case.
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