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Jefferson County rancher dies in prison; man convicted of killing wife, burying body in abandoned well

October 6, 2011

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Kansas Department of Corrections photo of Charles Curtis Stewart, who died in custody at age 82 on Oct. 3. Stewart pleaded guilty to murdering his wife, Jeannie Stewart. Jeannie was first reported missing in August 1984, but her body — discovered in a well on the couple's property in Jefferson County – wasn't found until 11 months later. Charles was serving a 12 years to life sentence at the time of his death.

Kansas Department of Corrections photo of Charles Curtis Stewart, who died in custody at age 82 on Oct. 3. Stewart pleaded guilty to murdering his wife, Jeannie Stewart. Jeannie was first reported missing in August 1984, but her body — discovered in a well on the couple's property in Jefferson County – wasn't found until 11 months later. Charles was serving a 12 years to life sentence at the time of his death.

A Jefferson County man who pleaded guilty to killing his wife 27 years ago died in prison this week, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections website.

Charles Curtis Stewart, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 1984 beating death of his wife, died Monday at age 82.

Stewart’s wife, Jeannie Stewart, was first reported missing in August 1984, but her body wasn’t discovered until 11 months later when police searched the couple’s 1,065-acre ranch in southeastern Jefferson County.

Mrs. Stewart’s body was found in a 20-foot-deep abandoned well — which had been covered with dirt and rocks — in a remote portion of couple’s property.

A pathologist determined Mrs. Stewart died from several blows to the head, possibly from a 28-inch metal pipe found in the well.

Her husband had been imprisoned at the Lansing Correctional Facility and was serving a sentence of 12 years to life at the time of his death. He had been up for parole several times in the past decade.

Inquiries to the Department of Corrections seeking Stewart’s cause of death were not immediately responded to.

Here are links to two original Lawrence Journal-World stories:

At the preliminary hearing.

Stewart pleads guilty.

Comments

ksprincess 3 years, 7 months ago

My parents actually rented the farm house that was on this property I was very young but remember the police and remember my parents talking about this over the years. He was a very strange man. I wonder why they didn't say a cause of death.

Steve Jacob 3 years, 7 months ago

I think my co-worker told me about this one. He got away with it, until he got nervous and was bulldozing the well, that raised questions.

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