from The Worcester Spy, December 24, 1856 (Volume XI #300),

We learn that yesterday morning, a pedlar named Redfield, in company with a German named Fleming, or Flemish, hired a buggy at Webster, to go to Dudley. While on the way, and within the limits of Dudley, Redfield saw a horseshoe in the road and jumped out and picked it up. He then got into the hind end of the buggy, and , as Fleming states, seized him by the collar, with his left hand, and with his right fired a pistol and inflicted a horrible wound on the back of Fleming’s head, exclaiming. “Dam you, I have fixed you,” and then fled. Fleming was able to drive the horse to the next house, and tell his story, and he was thence conveyed back to Webster. He was not expected to recover. Those are all the particulars we have been able to obtain, and they may not be in all respects, correct.


from The Worcester Spy, December 29, 1856 (Volume XI #303), THE DUDLEY MURDER.---

We made some mention, on Wednesday last, of a murderous assault committed the day before in Dudley. The wounded died on Friday afternoon. They were both Germans, the assailant named Radyman, and the deceased Fleishman. It was said that Radyman was owing Fleichman a small debt, which, after some urgency on the part of the latter, he had agreed to pay in potatoes. Fleichman thereupon procured a horse and wagon and started forthwith, taking Radyman with him, for the home of the latter, to procure the potatoes. It was on the way that the assault took place. Radyman was arrested by Deputy Shumway, and is now in prison. He asserts that the affair was entirely accidental. The ball passed quite through the lower part of Fleichman’s brain; yet he survived more than three days, and was, a portion of the time, sufficiently sane to give a detailed account of the matter before a magistrate, N. Tourtellot, Esq. The cases of surviving so long, after such an injury, are not common, though we are informed that instances of recovery have been known.


from The Worcester National Aegis, December 31, 1856 (Volume 19 #53), ANOTHER MURDER IN DUDLEY

A German named Fleishman, living in Webster, was shot by a countryman named Godfrey Radyman, on Thursday last, on the road from Webster to Radyman’s house in Dudley. Radyman was owing Fleichman a small debt, and after some conversation, Fleichman agreed to take his pay in potatoes, and they both started for Dudley about 11 o’clock A. M. after them.

On going up “Dudley Hill,” Radyman got out of the wagon to pick up a horse shoe, and said he would walk up. On gaining the summit he clamered into the wagon behind, saying that he would ride there, to keep the wind off. they were met here by a young man named Conant, who noticed Radyman on his hands and knees, behind Fleichman, and had gone but a few rods before he heard the report of a pistol. On looking around, he discovered Radyman holding Fleichman in an upright position.

The latter was stunned at first but soon recovered saying “You have shot me” and requested Radyman to turn about which he did. The wounded man was taken into the house of Col. Hancock and from thence to his home in Webster. The ball entered the back part of his head and lodged in the brain.

Fleichman lived three days with the bullet in his brain. Radyman was arrested by Deputy Sheriff Shumway, to whom he declared that the shooting was accidential. He had a savage looking knife in his possession when arrested, which he probably intended to use if the pistol was not effective. After the death of Fleichman, an examination of witnesses before the coroner’s jury elicited the fact, that Radyman was a surley fellow and had threatened to kill Fleichman and other persons, and he had the reputation in Dudley and Webster of being a quarrelsome fellow.

The testimony was direct and positive, that the two men were in the wagon, a pistol report was heard, and Radyman in a second after seen holding Fleichman evidently to keep him from falling from the seat. Radyman had a pistol with him & ect. On the conclusion of the examination he was committed to jail.


from The Worcester Palladium, December 31, 1856 (Volume XIII # 53), Murderous Assault

A German, by the name by the name of Godfrey Radyman, committed a murderous assault, on Tuesday of last week, upon another German named Samuel Fleischman. Radyman lived in Dudley, and Fleischman in Webster; and they left Webster to go to Radyman’s in a wagon together, with the understanding that Fleischman was to carry back some potatoes in payment of a debt owed him by Radyman.

At the foot of a hill, Radyman got out of the wagon to walk up, but before reaching the top he got in behind the seat; and said he would ride there on account of the wind. a young man by the name of Conant met them riding in that way, and had gone but a short distance when he heard a pistol.

Fleischman told Radyman that he had shot him, and directed him to turn the carriage around, and drive back to Webster. He was able to relate the particulars of the assault to a magistrate. Deputy Sheriff Shumway arrested Radyman, who said that the discharge of the pistol was accidental. Fleischman died on Friday of his wounds.


from The Worcester Palladium, May 27, 1857 (Volume XXIV #21),

Gottfried Redemann, …..a German from Bavaria, was then called to answer to an indictment for the murder of Samuel Flashman, at Dudley, in December last. Redemann lived in Webster, where he had a family. Flashman lived in Dudley. He and the prisoner started from Webster in a wagon. to ride over several miles to Flashman’s. while going up a hill, they were met by a young man, Flashman riding in the wagon, and Redemann, walking behind. Shortly after passing them, the young man heard the report of a pistol; and going back to them, he found Redemann holding Flashman in his arms, and protesting that he had killed him by the accidental discharge of the pistol, after getting into the wagon behind the seat where ha attempted to shield himself from a cold wind that was blowing in their faces.

It being a high degree probable, that the government would be unable to prove the existence of malice in the case, Redeman was allowed to modify his plea of not guilty, to that of guilty of manslaughter; and he was sentenced to the house of correction for two years. He does not appear to be a bad man naturally, but was unfortunately addicted to intemperance, and was represented to be laboring in a fit of delirium tremens at the time of the killing of Flashman.


from The Worcester National Aegis, May 27, 1857 (Volume XX # 21),

Gottfried Redeman, the Dutchman charged with the murder of his intimate friend and countryman, S. Fleischman, in Dudley, in December last, was brought up. He withdrew his plea of not guilty and pleaded guilty to the crime of manslaughter. His counsel Geo. F. Verry, then asked the court for mitigation of punishment for reasons which he would give, and which could be substantiated by witnesses if necessary. Redeman was rum crazy, and the shooting Fleishman was accidental. the counsel then read the following paper, which is copied from the Transcript

And now comes Gottfried Redeman, after a plea of guilty to the crime of manslaughter, and prays that his sentence may be mitigated, for the following, among reasons, to wit:

The prisoner is a native of Germany, having resided in this country with his family for four years. He is a timid, kind man, and of remarkably peaceable disposition, and has always been upon most kind and friendly terms with Fleischman who is also a German. upon the morning of the homicide they were together in a friendly manner, and at the time the affair took place Fleischman was doing an act of kindness to Redeman in carrying him to his house.

Soon after the murder of Mr. Naughton in Dudley, Redeman procured the pistol by which Fleishman was shot and kept the same in his house, supposing it necessary as means of defense. On the day preceding the accident Redemann went to Oxford, some six miles distant and drank a quantity of intoxicating liquor. He arrived at home in the evening, and there remained some two or three hours, during which time he appeared laboring under mania a potu. At 11 o’clock in the evening he took the pistol, started for Webster, arriving about one o’clock in the morning.

He stopped during the remainder of the night with one Flecker, and there gave unmistakable evidence of being under the influence of desease. About 9 o’clock he went to the house of Fleishman, for the purpose of obtaining assistance in procuring him employment. During the time he was at Fleischman’s house, they were engaged in firing the pistol at a mark, and in drinking several times of intoxicating liquor, furnished by Flashman.

At about 12 o’clock they started in company for Dudley, Flashman having agreed to carry Redeman home. They proceeded about two miles arriving in the center of the town of Dudley. While going up the hill Redeman hopped out of the wagon to pick up a horse shoe at the request of Flashman, and afterwards got in behind Flashman, and then sat down for the purpose of protection from the wind.

After having rode in this manner a short distance, and just after having met a person, the pistol is heard to go off, and Redemann is seen putting his arms around Flashman and apparently endevoring to hold him in his seat. Upon the arrival of assistance, Redeman says the shooting was accidental, and explained in a broken manner, the way in which it occurred and endevored to render all possible assistance and take advice as to what he should do on the premises.

There was no motive or intention on the part of Redemann to injure Flashman, but the homicide was the result of carelessness on the part of Redemann, occasioned by the state of mind and body he was in at the time it occurred.

The court then retired, and soon came in and announced as their decision that, having fully considered the above they order that Gottfried Redemann be imprisoned for two years in the House of Correction of Worcester. Accordingly he was committed.