News clippings involving the Forest of Fear:

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Kansas city, Jan. 24 – The Times’ Wichita, Kansas, special says: Reports are received here to the effect that Sheriff Shenneman was shot while arresting Charles Cobb, alias Smith, a desperado, near Udall station yesterday afternoon and died last night. By the aid of neighbors Smith was held at a farm house where he was captured to await assistance from Winfield. Upon receipt of the intelligence at Winfield twenty-five armed men proceeded to the scene of the tragedy and hung Cobb from a tree in the nearby forest. Cobb also killed a constable in Butler county a few days before. (Las Vegas Daily gazette, January 25, 1883)

Sheriff Shenneman Killed

Our exchanges of the Kansas border towns, announce the killing of the Sheriff of Cowley County by a criminal named Cobb, for whom the Sheriff had a writ, and who resisted arrest – firing two fatal shots into the body of the officer – from the effects of which he died in a short time. The man Cobb was finally arrested by the people of Udall – who placed a rope around his neck and hanged him on the highest suitable limb. Sheriff Shenneman is spoken of as having been a brave and efficient officer and a good citizen. Residents report still hearing screams and cries for help from the location after nightfall.(Cherokee Advocate, February 2, 1883)



Udall, Kan., Dec. 10—George Walker, a well to do pioneer of Cowley county, hung himself from a tree in the forest at his farm in the north part of the county. He was an old soldier and leaves a wife and four children. He was a spiritualist and had been mentally unbalanced for some time. Since this time family and relatives have been reporting strange occurrences in the forest near the farm.
(Topeka Weekly Capital ~ December 13, 1898)



Wealthy Kansas Miss Could Not Face Seven Years of Waiting

Wichita, Kan., Feb. 18—Catherine Haines, 18 years old, committed suicide on the Haines ranch near Udall, Cowley county, this morning because her father, at this death, provided in his will that she could not marry until she was 25 without losing her share of his $50,000 estate. She shot herself through the heart in a forest near the family ranch.

D. S. Haines, her father, died a few months ago. Miss Haines had been going with young men of the neighborhood and her father drew up his will to prevent her from marrying for seven years.
(Daily Oklahoman ~ February 14, 1911)