Two cousins had a disagreement regarding the ownership of an automobile tail light. Apparently, they had disagreements quite often, according to family and friends.
On July 28, 1935, the two men let their anger get the better of them. Harry Clark decided to arm himself with a gun. Edward Clark, his antagonistic cousin, would not give in and allow Harry to have the auto tail light. Harry needed to end the argument once and for all. He aimed his weapon at Edward and shot him in the chest. The body was found by Charles Clark, father of Edward.
According to the state death certificate, an inquest was held by the coroner, Will Freeman, of St. Charles, Missouri. It was confirmed that a homicide had occurred, and Edward Van Cicle Clark had died of his chest wound. Harry Clark was charged with first degree murder.
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