This is the tree where my great-grandfather Burl Mason was found hanging on August 20, 1925. For years afterward it was possible to see the scars where his spurs had scraped against the tree as he hung there.
The official verdict was death by suicide. Perhaps. His daughter and widow did not believe that and always suspected he had been murdered. There was at least one and possibly two motives for murder that should have been explored. Perhaps they were and no evidence was uncovered. I have yet to locate the record of the inquest, but I hope to find it someday and see what kind of investigation took place.
I wish the tree could talk. It knew the truth.