October 17, 1913

SALEM, Ore., Oct. 17. — Alleging that Tom Frekas was the man who murdered George Dedaskalous in Medford, for which crime they are sentenced to be hanged October 31, Mike Spanos and Frank Seymour, alias Parker, have today given Warden B.K. Lawson of the state penitentiary complete statements of their alleged knowledge of the crime.

The statements which were made separately, were taken by Warden Lawson at the request of the condemned men.

According to the alleged story, Frekas provoked the trouble between him and Dedaskalous because the latter wouldn't loan him money with which to buy whiskey.

They assert that in the ensuing tussle Frekas stabbed Dedaskalous and then beat in his head with a rock or piece of iron. Spanos alleges he witnessed the crime, but, they say, Seymour was not present.


When shown the report from Salem to the effect that Mike Spanos and Frank Parker, alias Seymour, had made a confession to Warden Lawson at Salem implicating Tom Frekas with the killing of Dedaskalous, for which crime Spanos and Seymour are under sentence of death, District Attorney Kelly stated that the story of Spanos and Seymour was worthy of very little credence.

Both Spanos and Seymour were taken over the ground at the time of the and their confession at that time, which did not implicate Frekas, was fully borne out and corroborated by all the circumstances. Moreover, the knife wounds inflicted on Dedaskalous were unquestionably inflicted after the murdered man had been rendered unconscious by blows from a bludgeon which was later found in a room occupied by Seymour.

Frekas was a witness against the condemned men and this together with the hope of a further respite in the execution of the death sentence is believed by the district attorney to have inspired today's confessions from the condemned men.

For previous pieces on the murder of Greek immigrant George Dedaskalous and the murder trial for Frank Seymour and Mike Spanos, see www.mailtribune.com/100

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