The wedding was only one day away and the bridegroom was stony broke. Desperate, he sneaked into his employer’s bedroom on the farm where he worked to steal cash that he knew was kept there.

Having got away unseen with the loot, 23-year-old Job Williams then began to think about the inevitable consequences when the money was missed. So he lured his boss, farmer John Holmes, into the stables on a pretext and hit him with a mallet. Williams hoped that he could make it seem that Holmes had been kicked to death by a horse, but when his victim did not die at once, he went to fetch a gun.

On the way he met Catherine Shute, the farmer’s housekeeper, who had heard a commotion and was coming to investigate. Williams knocked her unconscious, dragged her to the stables and shot both his victims in the head before setting fire to the barn.

The bodies were burned to skeletons, but the bullets remained to tell the story of their murder. Job Williams’ wedding plans were put on ice when the bullets were found to match a gun in his possession. He was arrested, tried and hanged on Wednesday, November 26th, 1902, at the Cumberland County Jail in New Jersey.