Old Newspaper Clippings

Contributed by Sheila Cadwalader.

Daily American - West Frankfort, IL
Monday, October 2nd, 1933

           Alton, Illinois:  An argument over a .50 debt for a haircut resulted in the murder of a barber and the possible fatal shooting of his companion, a confession announced here today disclosed.  The confession was signed by Warren Little, 22, of McLeansboro, Illinois, who was picked up Sunday with his younger brother, Carl Little, 20.  The victim was Denver Carlton, whose bullet-riddled, badly beaten body was found Sunday noon on an isolated rural Highway near McLeansboro.

          Aaron Johnson, his friend, with a bullet in his head, lay unconscious nearby.  The two brothers lived on their father's farm, 10 miles west of McLeansboro.  Carl Little denied any participation in the shooting.  Carlton left his barber shop late Saturday night, his days receipts in his pockets.  On the way he picked up Johnson.  It was obvious from the appearance of Carlton's body that a terrific struggle occurred.  Carlton claimed Little owed him 50 cents for a haircut and a fight ensued.  Johnson sought to intervene and Little confessed he shot him down.  Then, in fear "Carlton would squawk" Little told police, he shot Carlton, Killing him instantly with a bullet to the heart.

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