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Murder in McMinnville
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A cast of 13 presented “Murder and Mayhem in McMinnville” Saturday in the historic Riverside Cemetery. 
The ghost walk tour was presented by the Heritage Alliance as part of the Civil War sesquicentennial   anniversary, with approximately 200 attending.
The group reenacted the post-Civil War saga about McMinnville’s still unsolved murder of Enoch Cooksey, a former Confederate soldier and town marshal, and his accused killer, Fletch Woodward.
Cast members included:
Jacob Dodd as Bill Houchin, Raymond Adcock as prosecuting attorney Col. Savage, Bruce Atnip at Fletch Woodward, Jimmy Haley as the defense attorney, Bruce Watson as Enoch Cooksey, Pat Bigbee as Mrs. Woodward, John Phillips and Carter Mansfield as the town boys, Mike Neal as Mayor R.H. Mason, Wally Bigbee as Dr. Armstrong, Robert Farr as Mayor Tippy Faulkner, Ben Foust as defense attorney Col. Murray and Carlene Brown and Debbie Sain as the painted ladies.  
Phrenology readings were given by Carolyn Taylor, which was one of Woodward’s many pastimes. He actually gave readings from his building on Court Square. He was also a doctor, photographer, artist, writer, poet, inventor, publisher and herbalist. Perhaps his downfall was the fact he was a self-proclaimed liberal who opposed the war and enjoyed investigative journalism. 
Heritage Alliance member Haley feels the annual tours are a wonderful way to relive a real piece of McMinnville history.
“Even though this murder took place in 1873, the real murderer has never been determined or was never prosecuted,” said Haley. “This is part of our very interesting history, and we are so very thankful to all who made it possible.”
The Alliance does have plans to continue the sesquicentennial observance, with a Civil War tour of homes and sites in the works for this spring. They would also like to bring a northern encampment group here sometime next year.