Artifact presented to Heritage Museum

The Randolph County Heritage Museum in Pocahontas now has a new artifact that will become part of the legacy of infamous serial killer John R. Kizer, said Steve Shults, one of the founders of the museum.

The item, a small bottle of strychnine, is very likely the same bottle Kizer had on his possession and used to kill himself before he was to appear in court in Pocahontas, Shults said.

Shults, a former Arkansas State Trooper, Randolph County Sheriff and now director of the Law Enforcement Training Center in Pocahontas recently interviewed Elbert Frazier, the son of Arkansas Ranger Elbert E. Frazier who was present when Kizer arrived in Pocahontas from Paragould in 1936. The bottle of strychnine was found among Ranger Frazier’s personal effects.

Frazier was one of the original 13 Arkansas State Rangers in the 1930s. He wore badge number 9 but was the 4th or 5th ranger to be hired. The organization eventually became the Arkansas State Police.


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