|1889 East St. Louis Journal|
Belleville Public Library
Peter Leesey was actually Pierre Leezy or Lisee. He was from a French Canadian family that had been in the area since the mid 1700s. The newspaper at the time suffered from yellow journalism and the journalist was trying hard to illicit some sort of strong emotional response from the reader. Unfortunately, coroners reports from this time period are sketchy. Also, court records do not contain much more information. Continuing:
".......The coroner's jury held Mehring for murder and he has been taken to the Belleville jail. The deceased was about 40 years of age and leaves a wife and three children. Mehring is unmarried. he is represented to be a mean man, always seeking quarrels and difficulty. His new trouble may terminate at the end of the rope."
In looking through the newspaper for additional information, there was no other information about Fred Mehring. So he probably did not "terminate at the end of the rope".