1. The Kansas Murders
On the afternoon of June 6, 1912, the bodies of Rollin D. Hudson and his wife Anna were found by neighbors at around 4:00 PM. Both had been murdered with an ax. As reported by the Miami Republican of Miami County, Kansas, the Hudsons’ heads were all but obliterated by several blows delivered from the blunt side of an ax.
Two years earlier, on December 10, 1910, another Kansas couple, the Bernhardt family, were also murdered with an ax. Again, the killer in this instance used the blunt side. In the Hudson case, local rumor speculated that the murders were the result of Anna’s infidelity. Added to these cruel jabs was the rumor of the pig-faced man—an unknown boarder at a local rooming house who supposedly asked far too many questions about the murders.
Bill and Rachel James believe that the Man from the Train committed the murders. These crimes bore all the trademarks of this elusive killer. Namely, the Man from the Train attacked families during the early morning hours, used an ax taken from the family’s house, killed with the blunt side of the tool, and always picked victims who lived close to railroad tracks.