April 23, 2014

Don R. Mellett: A Canton Legend

Donald Ring Mellett (September 26, 1891 - July 16, 1926) was a newspaper editor in Canton, Ohio, who was assassinated after confronting local organized crime in his newspaper.

 

BOOKS | Don R. Mellett

Periodicals:

"$11,000 Reward Is Offered for the Slayers of Don R. Mellett." Canton Daily News 16 July 1926: 1.

"Appeals to Citizens for Clues to Slayers." Evening Repository [Canton] 16 July 1926: 1.

"Assassination Is Protected Vice's Challenge to the Press." Editor and Publisher 24 July 1926: 5, 6, 43.

 

"Babysitter Saw Shadow; Wasn't Called for Trial." Canton Repository 18 Apr. 1976: 8.

Bloom, Helen. "Editor Don Mellett's 'Classic Martyrdom' Re-Examined at the Scene 39 Years Later." News Workshop [Published by the Department of Journalism, Communications Art Group, Washington Square College, New York University, vol. XVI, no. 2] Jan. 1965: 1, 8 -12.

"Bond Salesman Not Able to Pick Out Man so Suspect Is Freed." Evening Repository [Canton] 21 July 1926: 1, 24.

"Brothers Meet at Mellett Home." Evening Repository [Canton] 19 July 1926: 3.

Brown, Gary. "I'll Get Them or They'll Get Me." Repository [Canton] 14 July 1986: 1, 3.

"'Capture Ends Canton's Alert on McDermott.'" Canton Repository 20 July 1955: 1.

"Checking of Autos Unfruitful in Hunt; Services Held Today." Evening Repository [Canton] 17 July 1926: 1, 9.

"Citizens' Body Doing Much Good, Is Claim." Evening Repository [Canton] 30 July 1926: 9.

"City and County Join Forces in Hunt for Slayers." Canton Daily News 17July 1926: 1, 14.

"Comb Cleveland for Canton Crime Suspect." EveningRepository [Canton] 30 July 1926: 9.

"Coward's Bullet Stills Voice of Editor Crying in Wilderness for Decency." Editor and Publisher 24 July 1926: 3-4.

Cox, James M. "A Tribute to Don R. Mellett." Canton Daily News 17 July 1926: 1.

De Groot, John. "Did Mellett Die in Vain?" Akron Beacon Journal 18 July 1965: F1-F2.

 

"Dedicate Handsome Memorial to Mellett as Martyr's Enemy Is Convicted." Editor and Publisher 23 July 1927: 3-4.

"Delay Imposed on Hearing for Mellett Killer." Canton Repository 22 July 1957: 17.

"Detective Thinks Best Clues Here." Evening Repository [Canton] 21 July 1926: 24.

"Detectives Present Theory of Shooting." Evening Repository [Canton] 17 July 1926: 9.

"Donahey's Detective Aids Police in Quiz; Asks United Action." Evening Repository [Canton,] 23 July 1926: 1, 22.

"Donahey's Men See Solution but Not Soon." Evening Repository [Canton] 26 July 1926: 1, 10.

Drake, Robert J. "McDermott to Battle Extradition." Cleveland Plain Dealer 21 July 1955: 1, 7.

"Employer Adds $5,000 to Fund to Nab Slayers." Evening Daily News [Canton] 17 July 1926: 1, 2.

"FBI Places McDermott on '10 Most Wanted' List." Canton Repository  9 Feb. 1955: 1.

"Fear Lengel May Attempt to End Life." Evening Repository [Canton] 18 July 1927: 1.

"Fight Freedom for Murder Suspect in Pittsburgh Courts." Evening Repository [Canton] 20 July 1926: 1, 12.

"Funeral Services Held for Publisher." Evening Repository [Canton] 19 July 1926:2.

George, Robert S. "'Greatest Trial' . . . Ends with Convictions." Canton Repository 18 Apr. 1976: 9.

"Government May Aid in Death Probe." Evening Repository [Canton] 16 July 1926: 1.

Green, John G. "Sensational Case Retold by Ex-Editor." Canton Repository 18 Apr. 1976: 1, 12.

"Guard Prohibition Squad Will Operate by Governor's Act." Evening Repository [Canton] 19 July 1926: 1, 2.

Hanke, Michael E. "Mellett's Children Recall 'Dad' and Horror of the Night." Canton Repository 18 Apr. 1976: 8.

Hartman, Robert R. "Murder in First Degree with Mercy, Is Verdict, Last Trial in Mellett Case, Harter Says. "Evening Repository [Canton] 17 July 1927: 1, 9.

Hearst, William Randolph. "Mellett's Murder an Attempt by Crime to Suppress Newspaper Activity." Editor and Publisher 31 July 1926: 7.

"Here Is Latest Theory in Death of Don Mellett; Surveyor Establishes Line of Fire for Harter." Evening Repository [Canton] 25 July 1926: 1.

Hillibish, James. "Truth-Seeking Journalist or a Muckraker? 'Aggressive' Newsman.'" Canton Repository 18 Apr. 1976: 8.

Himebaugh, Glenn A. "Mellett Had Newspaper Heritage; Father Guided Sons into Journalism." Canton Repository 18 Apr. 1976: 9.

Himebaugh, Glenn. "Murder of a Newsman: How Did the Press React?" Canton Repository 18 Apr. 1976: 7.

"Hits McDermott Prison Getaway." Cleveland Plain Dealer 1 Dec. 1954: 7.

"Hold Funeral Services for Victim of Assassin's Bullet." Evening Repository [Canton] 17 July 1926: 1, 9.

"Indiana Journalism School Honors Ernie Pyle, Don Mellett." Canton Repository 25 July 1954: 46.

"'Jumbo' Crowley Says Mellett Murder Like Man in Moon to Him." Evening Repository  [Canton] 20 July 1926: 1.

Kaminski, David.  "Don Mellett: Roaring '20s Martyr." Canton Repository 18 Apr. 1976: 1, 12.

"Killer of Canton Editor Don Mellett Walks Past Guards." Cleveland Plain Dealer 29 Nov. 1954: 1, 13.

"Killers in Canton Viewpoint of Sisson." Evening Repository [Canton] 21 July 1926: 1.

"Law Forces Unite in Effort to Find Slayers; Canton News Publisher Assassin's Victim." Evening Repository [Canton] 16 July 1926: 1, 13.

Lilly, Joseph. "Mellett Told Who Bought Bootleg Booze." Editor and Publisher 31 July 1926: 7.

Link, Sam. "He Blew Up Everything." Canton Repository 18 Apr. 1976: 8.

"Local Police Join Hunt for Fugitive." Canton Repository 29 Nov. 1954: 1, 8.

"Man Had Five Hiding Spots, Police Assert." Evening Repository [Canton] 28 Oct.1926: 1, 21.

"Markling Advances Murder Theories." Evening Repository [Canton] 21 July 1926: 24.

Marshall, Sam. "Mellett Murder Lives Again as Killer Flees." Cleveland Plain Dealer 5 Dec. 1954: C1.

Martin, John Bartlow. "Murder of a Journalist." Harper's Magazine Sept. 1946: 271-282.

"Martyred Journalist." Canton Repository 10 Dec. 1975: 19.

"McDermott Defiant; 'Framed' He Shouts; Informer Is Target." Evening Repository [Canton] 23 Dec. 1926: 1, 27.

"McDermott Fights Return to Ohio Pen." Canton Repository  21 July 1955: 1, 12.

"McDermott Going Back to Ohio Pen." Cleveland Plain Dealer 16 Aug. 1955: 8.

"McDermott Pal Who Aided Killer's Escape Hangs Self; Lost Parole after Giving Slayer Room." Canton Repository 23 Feb 1955: 1, 10.

"McDermott's Arrest May Cause Another Murder Indictment." Evening Repository  [Canton] 25 Oct. 1926: 1, 22.

"Mellett Case Leads to Suggestion from Common Pleas Court." Evening Repository [Canton] 26 July 1926: 1, 10.

"Mellett Memorabilia." Canton Repository 2 Mar. 1977: 3.

"The Mellett Murder." Literary Digest 90.5 (31 July 1926): 8+.

"Mellett Slayer Saunters Past Prison Guards." Canton Repository 29 Nov. 1954: 1, 8.

"The Mellett Tribute." Canton Repository 18 Apr. 1976: 6.

"Mellett's Martyrdom." Editor and Publisher 24 July 1926: 24.

"Memorial Cornerstone Laid on First Anniversary." Canton Repository 18  Apr. 1976: 9.

Miller, Martha Mellett, Jean Mellett Huber, and Betty Mellett Davis. Letter. "Let's Not Forget Don Mellett's Legacy." Repository [Canton] 10 May 1988: A5.

Miner, Herve W. "Mellett's Successor Avenged Slain Editor." Editor and Publisher 1 Jan. 1927: 5.

Monsewicz, Lori. "Killers Caught, but Shooter Still a Mystery." Repository [Canton] 15 July 2001: B1, B3.

Monsewicz, Lori. "Newsman's Fight against Corruption Remembered; Mellett's Death Marks 75th Anniversary." Repository [Canton] 15 July 2001: B1, B3.

"More Death Threats Follow the Slaying of Canton Editor." New York Times 18 July 1926: 1, 14.

Morris, Charles E. "Mellett's Fight to be Carried on Despite Threats and Libel Suits." Editor and Publisher 18 Sept. 1926: 16.

"Morris Fills Mellett's Job." Evening Repository [Canton] 20 July 1926: 1.

"Motion Asking New Trial to Be Filed Today." Evening Repository [Canton] 27 Dec. 1926: 1.

"Mrs. Don Mellett, Widow of Publisher, Dies at 80." Canton Repository 21 Sept. 1971: 8.

"New Suspect Listed in Mellett Slaying; Informer Is in Jail." Evening Repository  [Canton] 30 July 1926: 1, 9.

"Newspaper Journal Conducts Own Probe." Evening Repository  [Canton] 21 July 1926: 24.

"No New Leads Reported in Search for McDermott." Canton Repository 30 Nov. 1954: 1, 14.

Norman, Pat. "Mellett . . . He Was No Hero, Says Roaring '20s Canton Lawyer." Akron Beacon Journal 21 Mar. 1976: C1, C7.

"Ohio Editor Slain after War on Vice; Assassin Escapes." New York Times 17 July 1926: 1, 4.

"Ora Slater Retained to Attempt Running Down Canton Killer." Evening Repository [Canton] 18 July 1926: 1, 7.

"Parolee Seized as McDermott Aide in Escape." Canton Repository 26 Jan. 1955: 1.

"Pat McDermott Recaptured in New York City; Canton Slayer Jailed Frequently Since 1954

Escape." Canton Repository 20 July 1955: 1, 14.

"Pat McDermott Search Yields 'Zero' in Week." Canton Repository 6 Dec. 1954: 1.

"Pat McDermott Taken Back to Cell in Ohio Pen." Canton Repository 16 Aug. 1955: 1.

"Pat Says He Will Not Talk Now; Life Sentence Verdict Fails to Break Nerve, Report." Evening Repository [Canton] 26 Dec. 1926: 9.

"Police Doubt McDermott Would Return to Canton." Canton Repository 1 June 1955: 1.

"Police Grill without Gain in Grim Case." Evening Repository  [Canton] 18 July 1926: 1, 7.

"Prison Saps Will to Live of Man Who Helped McDermott." Cleveland Plain Dealer  24 Feb. 1955: 24.

"Prisoner May Aid in Murder Probe." Evening Repository [Canton] 19 July 1926: 1.

"Prosecutor to See McDermott at Workhouse." Evening Repository  [Canton] 26 Oct. 1926: 1, 18.

"Publisher among Journalistic Group." Evening Repository  [Canton] 16 July 1926: 13.

Putnam, Gretchen. "Dramatic Court Room Scene Comes with Verdict of 'Guilty.'" Evening Repository [Canton] 17 July 1927: 1.

"Quiz Cleveland Man in Mellett Mystery." Evening Repository  [Canton] 23 July 1926: 22.

"Report Slater Pays Visit to Canton Men Back of Prison Bars." Evening Repository  [Canton] 27 July 1926: 1, 14.

"Repository Provides $1000 for Officials' Use in Mellett Case." Evening Repository [Canton] 19 July 1926: 1.

"Rewards Reach Total of $22,475." Canton Daily News 17 July 1926: 1.

"Scenes at Funeral Services Held Here for Don Mellett, Murdered Publisher." Evening Repository  [Canton] 18 July 1926: 1.

Schulte, Joanne. "Don R. Mellett's Murder Blew Lid off Canton Corruption." Canton Repository 18 July 1971: 12.

"Seek Man Who Tried to Hire Pair; Warm Lead Now Followed." Evening Repository [Canton] 28 July 1926: 1.

"Slater Says He Can't Talk at This Time." Evening Repository [Canton] 27 Oct. 1926: 1.

"Weighs Discipline of Guards in Escape of Pat McDermott." Cleveland Plain Dealer 30 Nov. 1954: 2.

"Will Seek Award for Widow of Mellett." Evening Repository [Canton] 22 July 1926: 1.

"Will Withhold Information about Murder." Evening Repository [Canton] 16 July 1926: 1.

"Wrecked Auto, Bloody Light May Be Clues." Evening Repository [Canton] 19 July 1926: 1.

**Note: For McDermott's testimony, verbatim, see Canton Repository  23 Dec. 1926: 18-21.


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