LITTLE ROCK, August 15.—News reached here today that the body of a man supposed to be John Shorts, accused of poisoning his wife, had been found hanging to the limb of a tree at a point just across the Arkansas line in Ozark county, Mo. Shorts had been living in Searcy county, Ark. some days ago he disappeared. His house was searched and the dead body of his wife found, death having been caused by poison, as is generally believed. A party of men started after Shorts, bent on lynching him. Shorts came to this state from the Indian Territory, where it is said he killed a man.
"Shorts Found Swinging." Galveston Daily News (16 Aug. 1886) 3. Access Newspaper Archive. Baxter County Library, Mountain Home, AR. 1 Dec. 2009. http://www.access.newspaperarchive.com.