Criminal Activities

SIMMS, Charles

Stockton, Cal., Oct. 7 – Charles Simms, arrested for complicity in the hold-up of the Hubbs road house north of Stockton a few nights ago, hung himself in his cell in the county jail some time last night.
Source: “Suicide in a Jail,” San Diego Union and Daily Bee, San Diego, California, United States, 8 October 1904, database with images, California Digital Newspaper Collection (https://cdnc.ucr.edu : accessed 10 June 2020).

SIMMS, George

ATLANTA (Ga.), November 27th. – Geo. Simms, colored, was hanged today at Covington, Georgia, for outraging a white woman in 1873. He confessed the crime yesterday.
Source: “A Negro Hanged,” Los Angeles Herald, Los Angeles, California, United States, 29 November 1874, database with images, California Digital Newspaper Collection (http://cdnc.ucr.edu : accessed 10 June 2020).

SIMMS, Robert

Robert Simms, a prisoner in the work-house, escaped Saturday evening.  He was a helper in the kitchen and stepped outside with the cook and mysteriously disappeared.  He was serving a term for assault and battery, and had about six months to serve.   Source: “Work-House Prisoner Escaped,” Indianapolis News, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, 2 January 1899, digital images, Hoosier State Chronicles (https://newspapers.library.in.gov : accessed 10 March 2020).

SIMMS, William

William Simms, a soldier, who murdered Robert Morton, a prominent citizen of Town Creek, six miles from Decatur, Ala., while at a county dance, was dragged from jail yesterday by a mob of 500 men and lynched.
Source: “Telegraphic Brevities,” San Diego Union and Daily Bee, San Diego, California, United States, 22 December 1898, database with images, California Digital Newspaper Collection (http://cdnc.ucr.edu :accessed 10 June 2020).

SIMS, George

John C. Shore, private in the 109th Ill., convicted of desertion, is ordered to be shot at Sandusky, Ohio, next Friday.  Wm. S. Burgess, Thomas Readins, alias Hawkins, and Geo. Sims, convicted of being rebel spies, are to be executed at the same time.   Source: “A Deserter from an Illinois Regiment to be Shot,” Sangamo Journal, Springfield, Illinois, United States, 1 June 1863, digital images, Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (https://idnc.library.illinois.edu : accessed 15 March 2020).

SIMS, James

James Sims, who was charged with battery on Yardmaster Halloran, admitted that he struck Halloran, but claimed that the latter pushed him when he applied for work. The Court found Sims guilty of battery on his own admission and will pronounce sentence to-day.
Source: “Eli Mayo’s Case,” Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California, United States, 25 June 1894, database with images, California Digital Newspaper Collection (https://cdnc.ucr.edu : accessed 10 June 2020).

SYMES, Joseph

Mr. Joseph Symes, Freethought lecturer, was charged on an adjourned summons in the Melbourne Police Court on Friday with having kept a disorderly house for entertainments and lectures on Sunday in the Nugget Theatre, Bourke-street. The police deposed that admission was charged for most of the meetings, which were orderly; but blasphemous placards had latterly been placed outside the door, creating a noisy crowd in the street.
Source: Evening News, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 26 September 1885, database with images, Trove (https://trove.nla.gov.au : accessed 10 June 2020).

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