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Mail Tribune 100

June 13, 1917


On a marble slab piled high with roses and wild flowers, tokens from mourning friends of several decades' duration, reposed Wednesday afternoon in Perl's undertaking parlors, the remains of Charles H. Basye, the Jackson county jailer, who died late Tuesday afternoon from a series of gastly wounds inflicted with an old-fashioned 5-pound clothes ironer, in the hands of J. L. Ragsdale, the convicted prisoner, from whom Basye was endeavoring to perform a kindly office in telephoning Ragsdale's family when struck down by his prisoner.

On another slab, less than four feet distant, the body of J. L. Ragsdale, of Lake creek, the murderer, beshaven of his long Tolstoian beard, and wearing only his blond mustache for facial adornment, rests. Ragsdale committed suicide late Tuesday afternoon, while being surrounded by Sheriff Jennings at the head of a posse of 10, and by about 5 squads detailed from I company. Ragsdale is believed to have been 53 years of age.

It is not accurately known yet whether Basye or Ragsdale died first. It will not be necessary to hold an inquest over the remains of either man, declares Undertaker perl.

Ragsdale killed himself with a bullet from a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver stolen from Jailer Basye, which entered the right temple, passed almost directly thru the brain, and came out at the left temple. The wound is a particularly clean one. The revolver had evidently been held close to the head when fired. Undertake Perl is awaiting instructions from Mrs. Ragsdale as to funeral arrangements for the body of the man to whom she had borne a large family of children, and against whom she only recently brought suit for divorce. Ragsdale soon was to have begun serving a 20 year sentence at Salem penitentiary for criminal assault on Bessie Downing, his step-daughter, for which he had just been sentenced.