The Kokomo Tribune
Shelbyville, Ind., May 26
May 27, 1931
BLACKMAILERS PLEADS GUILTY; TWO OTHERS
Jasper Harker, 18, pleaded guilty to a charge of blackmail in Shelby
circuit court today but Elmer Bassett, special judge, deferred
pronouncing sentence until two other persons charged in the same case
are tried. Harker's wife, Mabel Allison Harker, 19, and her brother,
Marshall Allison, 14, are charged with Harker in an attempt to extort
$5,000 from Roy McDaniel, Waldron lumber dealer. The three young persons
were arrested after they failed to get a decoy that had been placed for
Shelbyville, Ind., May 5
May 6, 1931
EXTORT $5,000 AT SHELBYVILLE
BRIDE'S BROTHER ALSO ALLEGED
TO HAVE ENTERED IN PLOTTING
TWO FREE UNDER BONDS
TRIO ALLEGED FIRED UPON
WHEN ATTEMPT WAS MADE
TO GET PACKAGE
Charged with having attempted to extort $5,000 from a wealthy landowner
and lumber dealer, Jasper Harker, 18, farmer near Hope, Bartholomew
county, was held in jail tonight while his bride of a month, Mrs. Mabel
Harker, 18 and her 14-year-old brother, Marshall Allison, were free
under bonds of $10,000 each posted by their father, Ernest Allison, of
Waldron. Charges of blackmailing were filed against the three today
after police said they obtained signed confessions from Mr. and Mrs.
Harker. At the request of the elder Allison, his son was not questioned.
Allison made no attempt to gain freedom for his son-in-law. Trial of
the trio was set for May 27. It was revealed Harker had been shot eight
times in the face, chest and arms by officers who attempted to capture
the alleged blackmailers a week ago. Roy McDaniel reported to officers'
he had received a letter demanding that he leave $5,000 on a fence post
near the Shelby-Decatur county line. A decoy package was placed at the
designated spot and posses patrolled nearby roads in the belief the
blackmailers would arrive in an automobile and only a few men kept watch
about the fence post. Two men walked across a field toward the post.
relative of McDaniel fearing the extortionists might escape, fired
upon them. They darted into a thicket and disappeared. In the alleged
statement to officers, Mr. and Mrs. Harker were quoted as saying young
Allison wrote the letter after hearing a group of men in Waldron
discussing such a scheme. The statement, officer said, related that
Harker corrected the letter and his wife copied and mailed it. Mrs.
Harker, who announced her marriage after graduating from Waldron high
school last week, said she drove her husband to a spot near the place
where the money was to be left and that he was joined there by young
Allison. The two proceeded to the place where the shooting occurred.
Young Allison was a member of the eighth grade graduating class at
Waldron last week.
Contributed by Janet McColley Franklin