He murdered his wife and mother-in-law and possibly someone else in the house provided by Wood-Russ for the hired hands. The Wild Man ran and was found on the porch of the Clark, MS Post Office. The sheriff and his posse found him and killed him there.
His burial was much like the outlaws in the old west, he was laid to rest in the nearest cemetery. Since he was a stranger and only Wood-Russ knew his name, no one bothered to find out just who he was. A pine knot was placed at the head of his grave. Later a wild plum bush grew up from the middle of his grave, lived out it's life and died. No other plants ever grew there except the grass that was hoed clean and in later days mowed. A few years ago the cemetery placed a gray granite stone at the head of his grave inscribed "Wild Man".