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More than 20 cops were called in to deal with the crowds mobbing the courthouse. The New York tabloids went berserk with the material and the verdict was inevitable. By this time, the lonely hearts killers had set their sights on Delphine Downing, a widow who They were executed—Raymond first, Martha second—at Sing Sing on March 8, 1951. 26 AMERICAN MURDER Becker, Charles Leonard Kastle’s black and white The Honeymoon Killers has become an enduring cult favorite and rightly so. It is one of the most accurate true crime films ever made.
The hangman readied the noose, a hush fell over the crowd, and… the sheriff stepped forward and called it off. He said he had received a reprieve from the governor that very morning. He himself did not agree with letting the miscreant off, but there was nothing he could do—nothing but let things go to the last second to put the fear of God into Arnold, so to speak. Of course, by waiting so long, he also made sure the crowds stayed in town, which didn’t hurt business at the local bars and stores.
As soon as their fellow soldiers reached them, they opened fire. By then Anderson was close and he was hit. His bullet-riddled body fell from his horse behind the Union lines. According to one version of the story, the Yankees found a silk cord with 53 knots on Anderson’s body. It was thought to be a count of his personal kills. Anderson is a minor character in some of the Jesse James films. He also shows up in Clint Eastwood’s The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976). The film is based on a novel by Forrest Carter, the pen name of Asa Carter.