ARGUMENT ENDS IN KILLING OF FOUR [POTOSI] MISSOURI PERSONS

Coshocton Tribune - Coshocton, Ohio
9 August 1931

 Potosi, Missouri – Aug. 8 – This mining community today was recovering from the horror of the wholesale killing of four persons & the critical wounding of a fifth following an argument between two miners in the bottom of a 15-foot tiff mine.

Elliott Missey, 40, shot & killed John Pitzer, 55, after the two had quarreled over the rights of their mine holdings, Sheriff W. J. Simmons declared.  Missey then turned his shotgun on Clarence Leach & wounded him critically.

Climbing out of the mine pit, Missey walked to the home of John Coleman, another miner, & shot & killed him.

Missey then went to his own home, locked his six children in the barn & shot his wife to death.  The miner then killed himself.