Noose used in last known legal Letcher County hanging goes missing

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WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - The last known noose used in a legal hanging in Letcher County is missing and officials are not sure when it disappeared.

For close to 110 years, the noose has been stored in the Letcher County Circuit Court Clerk's office.

It was used on May 19, 1910, in the hanging of Floyd Frazier. He was hanged for murdering Ellen Flanary almost three years earlier in 1907.

"It's a piece of our history I hate that it's gone. I wanna get a shadow box to put it in and display it so our citizens can see it because I wanna preserve it, it's our history and it means a lot to us," said Mike Watts, Letcher County's Circuit Court Clerk.

Watts said it was already missing when he took office.

For Madeline Flannery, she has studied the case for years. She's Ellen Flanary's great-granddaughter.

"3,500 people trickled into little bitty Whitesburg to watch," said Flannery.

Watts says he's not looking to file any charges, he just wants this historical item returned to the courthouse.

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