John William Good (Murdered) (My 1st Cousin 2x Removed)on September 10th, 2011 at 9:21 AM
- Birth: 1880 in Page County, Virginia, USA.
- Death: 31 August 1937.
- Residence: 1920 Marksville, Page Co, Virginia, USA
JOHN GOODPage News & Courier, Tuesday 31 Aug 1937Horrible Murder Committed at BlainsvillePage County authorities were notified late Saturday that a murder had been committed about five miles southeast of Luray, John Good, colored, a native of that section, was found weltering in his own blood at his home in a thickly populated section of the third Piney mountain. he was apparently murdered about five o’clock Saturday evening at his little, desolate cabin consisting of only a fe rooms. he was found by his wife lying face down on the ground, at the front of the shack, with a ghastly wound, thought to have been made by an axe, in the back of his head, that completely severed the vertebra at the base of the brain. cosmetics . The location of his home is about one-half mile south of Redman’s store.It is alleged that the victim of the vicious assault was a bootlegger and for sometime had been engaged in the illicit sale of moonshine liquor.Neighbors and others who gathered at the scene of the tragedy on Saturday night, gave out information promiscously that the murdered man and his wife, who was a Spenser before marriagem and years ago married a man by the name of Will Lee, deceased, had not been on good terms for sometime. Children by the last marriage are: Frieda and Ella Mae Good, of New York, who were expected here yesterday, and a son living in Hagerstown.John Good was a man of perfect physique and is alleged to have been a bootlegger de luxe. It was said by neighbors that he and his wife were in a continual brawl and oon the morning of the fatal event it was said that she made the statement that he would never see the light of another day. This proved to be correct as he was murdered about five o’clock that afternoon. His body lay out in the open yard in front of his home for about five hours before it was taken in charge by the undertakers and brought to Luray where it was prepared for burial. The wound, which caused his death, was ghastly in every detail, and was probably made by an axe found near the home alongside a path by officer Kirby Shenk… lawn mower parts . It is alleged that his wife refutes any connection with the crime and that so far as she knows that it was done by parties unknown to her and that the first intimation that he had been murdered was when she found him lying face downward as described above.This section of Page County, known as Blainesville, is located in a thickly populated section where years ago a very unlawful element resided but in recent years has become law abiding and this is the first time in the last several decades that anything has happened of this nature.Viola Good, the alleged perpetrator of the crime, is a sister of John Spenser, who for many years, ran the provision wagon to Stony Man Camp. The scene of the murder is in close proximity to the Blainesville Colored Church. It is said that Good’s father, Jeff Good, was a law abiding and peaceful citizen. He worked for many of the Hawksbill farmers as a day laborer. The murdered man occasionally did odd jobs but it is obvious that his main livelihood was the illicity trafficking of ardent spirits. Although rated as a colored man his appearance would not rate him as such. His wife is about twenty five years his senior and is colored. She is now in the Luray jail awaiting action of the coroner’s inquest which is to be held this morning, Tuesday, at 10 o’clock at the Court House. She is a frail woman, grey haired, and does not look capable of wielding a weapon to the deadly extent of that which occurred.Both are said to have been addicted to strong drink which is probably the cause of the fatal affair. Many bottles full and half filled with moonshine were found by officers on the premises. landscape designers . Good’s place was raided by officers sometime ago and a quantity of liquor was discovered in an outbuilding. This raid was engineered by Good’s wife who made complaint to the officers about his bootlegging operations.