Sadie Harris and Georgianna Caldwell were burtally butchered with an axe by William Brown on December 17, 1926 in Brookport. Brown was arrested the following day. He was indicted for the murder of Sadie Harris but not Georgianna Caldwell on January 11, 1927. On February 21, 1927 the murder trial began. After testimony from twelve witnesses for the procedcution and none for the defense, a guilty verdict was reached on the following day. The death penalty was handed down. He was never tried for the murder of Annie Caldwell. In December preparations were made for the hanging. Sheriff Risinger sent ot invitations to the hanging and a new rope was ordered from St. Louis, MO. The gallows was brought in from Saline County, IL. Phil Hanna the famous southern Illinois gentleman hangman was sent for to perform the honors. On the morning of December 16, 1927, he was hung in front of about 400 people in the court yard in Metropolis. Eighteen minutes later he was pronounced dead. His funeral was held the next day. He is buried at the Kidd Cemetery in Metropolis.