from the Checotah Enquirer
March 1, 1901
KILLED AN INDIAN DESPERADO
Forty Masked Men Shot Johnson Miller Who murdered Three Men
Holdenville, I. T."”Feb. 28"”Johnson Miller, full blood Creek Indian, was shot to death by masked men today. Miller was under arrest for the murder of Herbert McDade, December 22. He was arrested early yesterday morning near Wetumka by Deputy Marshal Haase and brought here pending a hearing before the United States commissioner. At an early hour last night the officer, fearing trouble, secretly conveyed his prisoner out of town two or three miles and a lodged him at the farmhouse of Robert Stewart. A little after midnight about forty armed and masked man forced an entrance into the house, this armed the guards, and began shooting at the prisoners at short range.
Miller escaped from the House by jumping through a screen door and fled across the yard. He ran 300 yards before he was stopped by the bullets flying after him. Seventy-five or more shots were fired. The kitchen where he was confined has a fourteen bullet holes through the walls and furniture. Twelve bullets hit Miller. Miller at committed three murders within six months besides numerous robberies. Three weeks ago he murdered an old man named Cherry. Last September he murdered Joe Harwood. Young McDade he shot and then built a fire around the body. The body laid in the woods undiscovered by friends for seven days. Miller was twice sentenced to be shot by the Greek Government, but he was pardoned by the chief L. C. Perryman.
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