Lexington murders

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The Lexington murders was one of the most notable crimes in California during the 19th century. Lloyd Leadbetter Majors (February 26, 1837 – May 24, 1884), Joseph Jewell (1855-November 30, 1884) and John Franklin Showers (September 20, 1860 – May 15, 1899), were responsible for the brutal murder and robbery of William Peter Renowden and Archibald McIntyre in Lexington, California, on March 11, 1883.[1][2]

Showers turned state's evidence, Jewell was executed by hanging on November 30, 1884, and Majors was executed by hanging on May 24, 1884.[3]

Further reading[edit]

  • Bowman, Joseph P. (2005). The Bad Man from Bodie: The Life And Violent Death of John Franklin Showers. Baltimore: PublishAmerica. ISBN 978-1-4241-0246-4. OCLC 65394701.


  1. ^ "Justice was swift for murder suspects in 1880s San Jose". San Jose Mercury News. January 31, 1995. pp. 1B. Retrieved 2008-11-14.
  2. ^ Conaway, Peggy (March 15, 2006). "Premeditated murder in Los Gatos". Los Gatos Weekly Times. Retrieved 2008-11-14.
  3. ^ "Death on the gallows; five persons pay the penalty of their crimes. New-York State, Ohio, and California each furnish one and Georgia two of the victims". The New York Times. May 24, 1884. p. 2. Retrieved 2008-11-14.

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