Nov 18 2014

The Atrocities

On the 2nd of July 1880 a redheaded young man rode into Lavernia, the events that followed are best described by the newspapers of the day: 

San Antonio, Daily Express July 2 & 4, 1880 

…How Richard Neasom Displayed the Effects of Temporary Insanity.

An outrage occurred yesterday in the village of Lavernia, Wilson County which has hardly an equal in point of atrocity in this section. A young man by the name of Richard Neasom rode up to Dr. McMahon’s residence and asked a Negro where he could find the doctor. The man replied that he was in his bed on the gallery.

Neasom then went to the gate and called Dr. McMahon, who answered him that he would be out directly, at the same time kindly and politely inviting Neasom to come in. After entering the hallway, in compliance with the invitation of Dr. McMahon, Neasom informed the doctor that he had come to kill him. 

Neasom then drew his pistol and shot the doctor, who retreated into his room. Neasom fired twice again, but missed. The murdered then walked to his horse, mounted and rode off slowly, just as if nothing had happened. The bullet entered the doctor’s breast, and came out on his right side, above his hipbone. No reason is apparent why Neasom shot Dr. McMahon. He was his family physician, and never did any act, which should have justified anyone shooting him. 

It was discovered that the day before, Neasom had shot his uncle, M. J. Bean, and threw the body in Bean’s own forty foot well. After this bloody work he attended a country dance at which he boasted of having killed Bean.

Neasom was described as a red headed, whiskered-faced young man. Who under most circumstances was quite and polite? However, when under the influence of alcohol he could be violent. The newspapers described Neasom as insane, crazed and perverse.

H. Suhre came to San Antonio to acquire a casket for the remains of Dr. McMahon and reported the details to the newspapers.