Bumgardner, Zeb (Unknown - March 18, 1914)

THE PENALTY IS DEATH

Zeb Bumgardner Shot to Death When He Enters Room Occupied by Mrs. Lambe in Private Residence

Bill Barlows Budget - March 19, 1914

About 9 p.m. on the evening of March 13, Mrs. Thos. Lambe while dozing in her chair in her room at the residence of H.R. Daniels was awakened by a man entering the room. She raised to her feet and was grabbed by the arm and neck by the man who proved to be Zeb Bumgardner. She screamed and after considerable scuffling she pulled a small automatic pistol from her pocket and fired three shots, each taking effect and killing the intruder instantly. It is presumed that Bumgardner was under the influence of liquor and it is probable that the second and third shots were not fired intentionally, the pistol being automatic would continue to shoot as long as the trigger was pulled, and it is likely that Mrs. Lambe in the excitement kept her finger on the trigger. The first shot was probably in the neck and would have been fatal, the second entered and broke his arm and the third passed entirely through his head and passed twice through his hat.

H.R. Daniels immediately entered the room having heard the struggle, the screams and the shots. He found everything to indicate that her story of the awful occurrence is true. Officers were called at once and a thorough investigation was made. At the coroners inquest the following day the following verdict was brought in:
STATE OF WYOMING
COUNTY OF CONVERSE}SS

We, the jury impanelled and sworn to inquire into the cause of the death of one Zeb Bumgardner do find that said Zeb Bumgardner came to his death on March 13, 1914, by two gunshot wounds inflicted by Mrs. Mary Lambe while he was attempting to criminally assault her, that said wounds were inflicted by said Mrs. Mary Lambe in self defense.
George N. Doyle, Foreman
Colin Campbell,
M.R. Collins

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