Young Brothers Massacre
Young Brothers Massacre
Author(s) Paul W. Barrett
Mary H. Barrett
Published 1988
Publisher University of Missouri Press
Country United States
Pages 160
ISBN 9780826206503

Young Brothers Massacre is a book by Paul W. Barrett and Mary H. Barrett, published by University of Missouri Press, Columbia, MO, in 1988.


On January 2, 1932, near Springfield, Missouri, ten poorly armed law enforcement officers set out to arrest two local farm boys for auto theft. A few minutes later, six of the officers lay dead and three were wounded, setting a record that stands to this day for the greatest number of police officers killed in one incident in the history of the United States. This is the story of how it happened and of the unlikely people whose lives were forever changed.

The two killers, Jennings and Harry Young, were from a peaceful, tiny community named Brookline in central Greene County, Missouri. The "massacre" itself took place at the quiet orderly farm home of the J. D. Young family. Paul and Mary Barrett trace the personalities of those involved in the incident, describe the events of the fateful day, and examine the aftermath of the killings, detailing what was called "the greatest man hunt in the history of Texas," which culminated in the brothers' deaths in Houston.

Table of contentsEdit

Chapter Page
Preface v
1. Heartbreak Farming in Oklahoma 1
2. Criminal Careers, Country Style 8
3. Youngs Accused of Boxcar Burglary 16
4. Paul on a Career Path of His Own 24
5. A Busy Year for Harry 27
6. Harry Slays Mark S. Noe 32
7. Jennings in Jail Again 37
8. Springfield's Finest – Victims of the Massacre 41
9. Clouds of Disaster Gather 54
10. The Massacre 63
11. Word Goes Out: "Find the Killers" 82
12. The Second Shootout 97
13. The Survivors' Tales 104
14. Aftermath of Disaster 110
Epilogue 137
Notes 140
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