Black Diamond and Homer D. "Curley" Pritchett, San Antonio 1928.
Photo: Tom Scapalanda. Buckles Woodcock colllection
|† Black Diamond||ID Number:|
|Sex and age:||Male ♂ Notice: A non well formed numeric value encountered in /customers/6/2/a/elephant.se/httpd.www/database2.php on line 724 Notice: A non well formed numeric value encountered in /customers/6/2/a/elephant.se/httpd.www/database2.php on line 731 Notice: A non well formed numeric value encountered in /customers/6/2/a/elephant.se/httpd.www/database2.php on line 749 32 years old|
|Dead date:||† 1929-10-16|
|Death reason:||euthanised: shot||People killed:||4|
|Location:||Al G. Barnes Circus|
|Arrived||Al G. Barnes Circus 1928-00-00|
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|Document updated||2009-11-23: previous locations|
2010-09-26: previous locations
In January 1926 Black Diamond killed the elephant trainer Been Reed in Texas, and had always a system of chains, in order to restrict his movement and possibilities to hit or grab people with his trunk.
Homer D. "Curley" Pritchett is reported to have known Black Diamond for 28 years, and trained him seven years. In 1928 while the Circus toured Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas, Pritchett was approached by Mrs Eva Speed Donohoo, who offered him job at her ranch "Shoestring" Plantation near Kerens, Texas. The conversation happemed to be in front of Black Diamond, eating his hay. Pritchett accepted and left the Al Barnes Circus and the elephant.
One and a half year later, when Al Barnes Circus came to Corsicana again, Pritchett went to visit the elephants, and even helped take him out of the boxcar.
Next day, during the town parade, Black Diamond spotted Pritchett and his employer Eva Donohoo, and went berserk, rammed a car, tossed Mr. Pritchett over a car breaking his arm, and threw Eva Donohoo to the ground and killed her. Donohoos tombstone in Oakwood Cemetery reads: "Eva Speed Donohoo, Nov. 18, 1877 - Oct. 12, 1929, Killed By Al G. Barnes Circus Elephant."
Four days later in Kenedy, Texas, owner John Ringling issued his verdict: "Kill Diamond in some humane way."
Different suggestions were discussed and tried, including cyanide in his food, but with no success.
Finally a volunteer firing squad unloaded their weapons into Diamond while he was chained between some trees.
Parts of Black Diamond was stored in a basement at Houston's Harris County Museum of Natural History, and later bought by Mr Carmack Watkins, who put them on display in his Trophy Room.
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