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Haunted Heartland…Murder by the Decades

“Torch” murder near Lock Springs

Feb. 26, 1931 Gallatin North Missourian:  John Elliott “Speck” Baker, 35, of Breckenridge, was found burned to death in his Ford coupe one-half mile south of Lock Springs about 8 o’clock Tuesday night. County authorities believe the man was murdered.

Baker had not been employed for several months, but he was known to carry large sums of money and when only a few coins were

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