The Minneapolis Journal, 1 March 1897
KILLED HIS COMPANION
Bin Gill Under Arrest for Murder of a Companion
Special to The Journal.
Lead, S. D., March 1.—"Bin" Gill, an old-timer and heretofore considered an inoffensive man, is in jail charged with having murdered James Andrews, a fellow miner, committing one of the most blood-curdling crimes in the Black Hills history, in his cabin at Terry, yesterday morning.
At 1 o’clock Sunday morning Gill and Andrews left a saloon for the former’s cabin. Twenty minutes later shots were heard. When the night shift came off at ?, the body of Andrews was found in front of the house as though it had been pitched out, and a quantity of clothing, bunch of keys, one shoe, etc., showed almost unmistakably that they had been thrown out of the door. When the discoverer went to Gill’s door, Gill said: "Why do you bring that dead man to my door. I know nothing about him." At the same time Gill went for his shotgun, took from it an empty shell which he threw behind the house and replaced it by a loaded one. The shell was picked up and showed to have been freshly discharged. When the crowd began assembling pretty thick Gill told one man that if he would tie a rope around his (Gill’s) neck, and throw the other end over the trestle near by, he would jump off. Gill probably placed the muzzle of his shotgun within a foot or two of his associate’s side and fired, causing instant death. He then deliberately pitched the dead man and his belongings out of doors, and went to bed and slept till morning. The dead man was about 50 years of age and leaves a wife and son in Cornwall, England. Gill, who is a veritable giant in size and strength, is a single man. A coroner’s jury has found no additional evidence.
Contributed by Bob Bolitho