The Abilene Daily Report, September 20, 1911
Date: Place: 19 September 1911
Place: Rafter, Tennessee
Persons Involved: Miss Elsie (Sissie) Ellis, Obie Butler, Olney Phillips, John Heading
~ Quarrel Began Over Refusal of Girl to Allow Sweetheart to Take Her Home ~
Because Miss Elsie Ellis refused to accompany obie Butler home from a dance at Rafter, Tenn., last night, three men are dead. Olney Phillips, seventeen years of age, who was with the girl, was shot dead by Butler. John Heading, who interfered, was shot five times and instantly killed. An unknown person shot Butler, the ball piercing his brain.
Phillips Was Prominent
Olney Phillips was prominent in this section. Obie Butler was thirty years of age. The affair cause much excitement here.