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CASNER MURDERS

CASNER MURDERS

Posted: 938520000000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1005267218000
Surnames: CASNER, CASTNER, CARSNER, CASSNER, CASHNER, KASTNER
The book 'Murder in Palo Duron Canyon' by George Turner contains a chapter 'The Coming of the Casners'. It seems that two Casner brothers (William and Daniel)drove a herd of sheep into Randall County seeking pasture and made camp in the Palo Duro Canyon. They were subsequently murdered in 1876. As I understand it, two other Casner brothers arrived in Randall County in the spring of 1877 and committed several other murders in retalliation.

Does anyone have a copy of this particular book? I would like to know the name of the publisher, the year of publication.

Would like to communicate with anyone who might be able to shed some light on this intriguing bunch of Casners. The name is often spelled Casner, Cassner, Castner, Cosner, Cashner, Kastner, etc., etc. This one family is found in MO, IA, TX, NM, AZ, OR, CA.
Posted: 989755200000
Classification: Query
Edited: 993268140000
Surnames: Casner
The story you described sounds very familiar. It sounds like the story that was told to me in my storytelling class at WT last spring. If you have not found what you are looking for, I can try and contact my professor and see if I can locate what the story that you seek.

Teresa

CASNER MURDERS

Posted: 989841600000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1005267218000
Surnames: CASNER
Thank you so much for posting and the offer to assist. However, I have located a copy of the book and obtained copies of the appropriate pages. Additionally (once I knew where to look) I located several other articles about the murders (all by different authors). One was located in a library in Santa Fe, NM and gave the date of 1-20-1877 as the date of the murders.

While all accounts use newspaper articles as the source of information, I have yet to locate the newspapers that might contain the original reporting of the incidents. Guess these are tucked away on microfilm in Austin, and I haven't made it down there yet. Was your professor prehaps one of the authors?

I had hoped to locate the final resting place of the two brothers in Randall County. But from what I have learned, they were probably buried 'where they fell'.

Would you believe another brother of the two came through that part of TX in 3-1877 and killed nine men in revenge (but he did not go to jail). He is then located in the late 1890s in Haskell County, TX; In 1900 he is tried and convicted for his part in the killing of one man in a range war. He appeals the conviction and wins. The last record I have found of him is in 6-1902 when he is at the courthouse in Haskell County selling off the last of his rangeland (presumably to pay the attornies who defended him).

No wonder I'm so mesmerized by this family (and to think I'm connected to it).

Re: CASNER MURDERS

Posted: 1372024219000
Classification: Query
John Casner is my great Grandfather and I have some information on it if you are interested.
It would make a fine movie...

My great great Grandfather

Posted: 1390925556000
Classification: Query
John Casner was my great great grandfather and I have his story in my genealogy book. csnlaur@yahoo.com

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Classification: Query
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