Russell Cave Murders
Just a kid then

Nicholasville, KY

#45 Sep 28, 2010
I was 5 at the time of these murders and my mother and I would pass by the house every morning. One particular morning we drove by on our way to Eastland Day Care and there were numerous police cars at the home. I also remember the Church bus in the drive way. My mother then told me that is where some folks had been hurt. (not wanting to tell me that they had been killed). The house was red brick then and of course its been totally remodeled but I still see it as it was then with the bus in the driveway. I too think of that fateful night and morning after... everytime I drive by there. Such a senseless taking of innocent lives.
friendofafriend

Harrisonburg, VA

#46 Oct 5, 2010
my aunt was best friends with the man's wife. she never went back into the home. They could have been caught but the police went to the wrong address in Lex. Then the men went out to the country. A friend of theirs called while the crime was in progress and thought something was wrong. the wife was out of town. it was so very awful and sad. one of the convicts committed suicide before the trial. don't know about the rest
friendofafriend

Harrisonburg, VA

#47 Oct 5, 2010
as far as I know his wife was never in a mental institution. She spent time in FL My aunt used to visit her. I don't know if she is still living. My aunt has been gone over 20 years. I just wondered about the case the other day as I was recounting what happened to a friend. It still makes me sick. The mother is a wonderful kind woman.
sympathetic

Waterloo, Canada

#48 Oct 5, 2010
Does any of the family still live in the area
rainman

Lexington, KY

#49 Oct 6, 2010
student wrote:
I am a student working on a research paper. My topic is the terrible murders that took place sometime around 1973-1975 on Russell Cave Road. I know that at least two escaped prisoners killed a preacher and his two children. I can't find anything online about this and I can't remember the names of the prisoners or the family. I used to have newspaper clippings about this story but unfortunately mice ate shredded them.
I would really appreciate any information I can get and I am sorry if this question is in bad taste. I just really need some info as quick as possible.
They happened in 1973 and their were two escaped prisoners from Federal Custody that did it. They both went to Eddyville where the one name Wilbur was set on fire by another inmate and died. The other may have died in prison. At that time the United States Supreme court had abolished the death penalty.
Old Acquaintance

Pleasanton, CA

#51 Nov 9, 2010
The family was that of John Barnes, I cannot remember the childrens names. I was also inquiring about this but unable to find any information. My folks rented our house from them and we attended Father Barnes church. who="student"]I am a student working on a research paper. My topic is the terrible murders that took place sometime around 1973-1975 on Russell Cave Road. I know that at least two escaped prisoners killed a preacher and his two children. I can't find anything online about this and I can't remember the names of the prisoners or the family. I used to have newspaper clippings about this story but unfortunately mice ate shredded them.
I would really appreciate any information I can get and I am sorry if this question is in bad taste. I just really need some info as quick as possible.
Good God Get a Job

Lexington, KY

#52 Nov 9, 2010
Hillbilly Hater wrote:
Don't take advice from Trail about dates/years.
I just had to educate her on another thread pointing out that August was 7 months ago instead of 3.
You are an idiot! OTT is very smart and if you do not like her then to hell with you.
Good God Get a Job

Lexington, KY

#53 Nov 9, 2010
student wrote:
I am a student working on a research paper. My topic is the terrible murders that took place sometime around 1973-1975 on Russell Cave Road. I know that at least two escaped prisoners killed a preacher and his two children. I can't find anything online about this and I can't remember the names of the prisoners or the family. I used to have newspaper clippings about this story but unfortunately mice ate shredded them.
I would really appreciate any information I can get and I am sorry if this question is in bad taste. I just really need some info as quick as possible.
Call the Lexington Public Library and they can tell you how to get hold of that info in your county. If you lived here in lexington... you could go downtown and find it on microfich, you may be able to do so in your hometown. Good luck.
Good God Get a Job

Lexington, KY

#54 Nov 9, 2010
Oh and student MY name is not aimed against you, it was for someone else in another forum.:)
Dan Clifford

Linville, VA

#55 Nov 14, 2010
Hi. The murders in Ct. had me thinking back on this. The father and his daughter were in the house. Brutal murders. The man was an Episcopal priest. The son was at football practice or something, so got lucky, but the daughter, Francine, was home. Suffice it to say they were tortured to death cruelly. If I am not mistaken these murders compelled Ky. to bring back the death penalty. Yes, the two wackos were caught in a little motel in Falmouth. One was named Sloan, I think, and both are dead now (I think), but not by execution as (once again I think) the death penalty could not retroactively apply to them. It happened about 1972, as I remember hearing about it in 6th grade class.
Dan Clifford

Linville, VA

#56 Nov 14, 2010
OK, I goofed. I had thought the son escaped. The brutal details you have heard on this forum are not embellishments: From reputable sources I recall the¬†daughter's head in the toilet, all the hair burned off her body, Fr. Barnes shot in the feet about 40 times (to watch him "dance"), etc. Mrs. Barnes was at an ECW convention, as has been stated, and was summoned back home. I know a woman who was at the convention with her, who would be a good source for your paper. So if you want a source who was close, but not too close, let me know at [email protected] and I will give you her info.
no name

Lexington, KY

#57 Nov 17, 2010
William Sloan is still in prison for this.. its not that hard to ky dept. of corrections website and do a search....
http://apps.corrections.ky.gov/KOOL/ioffres.a...
remember it well

Winchester, KY

#58 Nov 22, 2010
I grew up on Hollow Creek right down the road from the Barnes Family murder. My father was one of the unfortunate EMT's on the Lexington Fire Dept. who was called to the scene. I have written a novel based on these murders however the book is fiction. If you want to get in touch with me you can at [email protected]
maybe

United States

#59 Nov 22, 2010
What's the name of the book? Is it in librarys?
student

Macon, GA

#60 Nov 23, 2010
Thanks to all of you who have provided information. I could not have finished my paper without your help. I just hope that it didn't bring back memories that had been long ago tucked away for any of you.
David Monroe Sizemore

United States

#61 Dec 3, 2010
more information wrote:
The murderers were: Wilmer Elvis Scott age 35 from Chatanooga Tennessee and William Sloan,age 24 Louisville Ky.( ages at the time of the crime)
There was a third man that tried to escape his name was: Roy Collins and he was 24 of Lima Ohio, but broke his leg in the attempt to escape and was captured immediatley by US Marshalls.
They (scott and sloan) forced a woman who had just picked up her children at school to drive them to her house and tied her and her children up with a phone cord, took her car and around $8.00.
After brutally killing the family in Lexington they drove to Falmouth Ky were Scott and Sloan also killed motel manager Elva Harper 64 , and David and Monroe Skidmore, Hyden Ky (brothers)
.Two other guest at the motel was injured.
The dog a german sheperd was not killed but found badly beaten and hiding behind the refridgerator.
The killers were not soaked in blood when captured , they had changed into clothes belonging the man they had killed in Lexington and were driving his stolen his car.
The Mother was away at a church convention.
That's David and Monroe Sizemore. I am David's son. Just googled my name and this popped up. Lifes full of suprises like this.
reserch finder

Lexington, KY

#62 Jan 10, 2011
Just a kid then wrote:
I was 5 at the time of these murders and my mother and I would pass by the house every morning. One particular morning we drove by on our way to Eastland Day Care and there were numerous police cars at the home. I also remember the Church bus in the drive way. My mother then told me that is where some folks had been hurt.(not wanting to tell me that they had been killed). The house was red brick then and of course its been totally remodeled but I still see it as it was then with the bus in the driveway. I too think of that fateful night and morning after... everytime I drive by there. Such a senseless taking of innocent lives.
I just wantted to say this sad crime happened 10-1-1973 and the 3 men 2 are dead and one is 61 yrs old in prison his last name is sloan and he rapped the 14 yr ols girl and shot and killed all of them he is the reason they brought back the death penalty since he was charge till 74 he escaped the death pentaly sad for that family he was a rev john barnes ...
Sam

Winchester, KY

#63 Mar 21, 2011
I remember well when this happened as my 1st husband and I traveled to Falmouth almost every weekend to visit his parents. The family killed were Rev.J.D.Barnes, his daughter Francine and son Johnny. The two killers had escaped from the courthouse and took over a car where a woman was waiting for her child at Sayer school. They drove to her house out Russell Cave. Tied the family up and stole her car running out of gas in front of the Barnes family home. They tortured and killed the Barnes family. Stole their car and headed into Falmouth a block from my in-laws to the Corral Motel. They killed 3 men there and were captured I believe in either Fort Thomas or Fort Mitchell, Ky
lexky

Lexington, KY

#64 Mar 31, 2011
student wrote:
I am a student working on a research paper. My topic is the terrible murders that took place sometime around 1973-1975 on Russell Cave Road. I know that at least two escaped prisoners killed a preacher and his two children. I can't find anything online about this and I can't remember the names of the prisoners or the family. I used to have newspaper clippings about this story but unfortunately mice ate shredded them.
I would really appreciate any information I can get and I am sorry if this question is in bad taste. I just really need some info as quick as possible.
did you find out any more about the murders???????? i would love to read the paper u had to write about it.
Anonymous

United States

#65 Mar 31, 2011
This happened well before my time but as I read all these posts regarding that horrible crime, it makes me so sad. I also am inerested in learning more about this. I am not originally from Lexington but my inlaws are. I'm going to ask them if they remember this. So sad.

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