3.22.2017

Margaret Murchison Hossack

"She had never been a loving wife, she had never been a woman of strong affections, and that night murder crept into her strange soul." George Clammer, lawyer
The John Hossack family in 1892, Medora, Iowa, Warren County. From L to R: Will, Johnnie, Jimmie, John Hossack, Cassie, Ivan, Margaret Hossack, May, Louie and Anna.
John Hossack, 59 YOA, Squaw Township, Medora, IA, Warren County, December 2, 1900
Birth: Nov. 19, 1843, Scotland, Death: Aug. 25, 1916, Indianola, Warren County, Iowa, USA
Alleged Murderess. She was considered the "Lizzie Borden of Iowa." She was accused of killing her husband, John Hossack, with an ax while he was sleeping in his bed. She claimed that she had been sleeping next to him at the time of the murder but that she had not heard a thing. Despite her claims of innocence, she was charged with the murder. In one of the most sensational murder trials in Iowa history, she was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. The conviction was overturned on appeal and she was tried for a second time. This time, the trial ended with a hung verdict with 9 jurors voting for her guilt and 3 voting not guilty. She was not tried a third time and no one was ever convicted of the crime. She was buried in the family plot next to the husband that she was accused of murdering. The murder and trials are depicted in the book Midnight Assassin. (bio by: Anonymous)
Family links: Spouse: John Hossack (1841 - 1900)*
Children: Anna J Hossack Henry (1870 - 1933)*, Donald Hossack (1872 - 1872)*, Margaret Hossack Kemp (1877 - 1909)*, Martha Mae Hossack Coulter (1880 - 1956)*, James N Hossack (1884 - 1949)*, Ivan W Hossack (1887 - 1952)* *Calculated relationship
Burial: New Virginia Cemetery New Virginia Warren County Iowa, USA
Maintained by: Find A Grave Originally Created by: Anonymous Record added: Oct 15, 2005 Find A Grave Memorial# 12058647
Dave Kelchen says: May 27, 2015 at 7:51 am I’ve been to the Hossack murder sight and also to his grave. There is definitely the presence of somebody watching over this area. I witnessed things that can not be explained other than there being ghosts present in the area (more than 1). I’ve continued to do research on this case … and I am definitely not welcome in the area, although the intrigue of this case continues to stir me after years of researching it.
it’s about 12 miles south of Indianola.

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