This is Part 3 of Death in Knoxville. Need to catch up?
After killing Minnie, Peter fled to the small town of Middleboro, Kentucky. He may have known someone there. But after only a week, he went home to Knoxville.
He was approached almost immediately by Deputy Sheriff Singleton. In a panic, he denied that he was Peter Turner.
The policeman shook his head. He’d known Turner prior to the murder; Knoxville was not such a large town. Why deny it?
Peter, hopeless, admitted his identity and voluntarily handed over his pistol. He must have intended to turn himself in because he was carrying a handwritten narrative about his relations with Mrs. Scott; a similar statement in the deceased woman’s handwriting, and a complete confession of the crime.