In addition to moonshiners and bootleggers, the Bandy family has had its share of murders, tax evaders, and other assorted felons. They too are part of the family history. Some early encounters with the law are noted above (see the discussion of Elinor and Richard). Mary Bandy, identity otherwise unknown, was a felon transported to Virginia to serve seven years. The order was dated April 22, 1774.[i] Here are some other of the most notorious as found in the actual reported cases.
Henderson Bandy was convicted of first degree murder in Franklin County, Ohio. He appealed the conviction to Supreme Court of Ohio, and the conviction was upheld in 1921. Although the opinion of the Ohio Supreme Court does not spell out the details of the case, the murder took place during a robbery. Henderson offered no defense other than claiming the murder was committed by the occupants of a car.[ii]
In 1956, Roger S. Bandy pleaded guilty to charges of filing false claims for income tax refunds in California. In 1959, he was convicted in North Dakota for filing six false claims for income tax refunds and sentenced to five years imprisonment and five years probation. In 1961, he received eleven five-year sentences from the U.S. District Court for Idaho for similar charges.
In December 1961, he made application to the Supreme Court for release on his personal recognizance, and was released from custody by Justice William O. Douglas. After he was released, Roger fled in violation of his parole. Roger’s petitions for a Supreme Court review of his conviction was denied in March 1962. William O. Douglas dissented. Roger could not be located again until December 1965 when he was arrested in New York. The District Court of North Dakota described the release as, “one of the classic examples of misplaced confidence in the annals of American Jurisprudence . . . Bandy was, by order of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, admitted to bail on his own recognizance. . . .” He was transferred to Leavenworth Penitentiary in January 1966 and began to serve his sentence.
Roger appealed his conviction an unknown number of times in various Circuits and to the Supreme Court. There literally were dozens of appeals.[iii] One frustrated judge noted, “I do not propose that this Court . . .be further harassed by utterly useless correspondence with a convicted felon with respect to [these] matters . . .” Another noted, “It is manifest that the questions on which the decision of this court depends are so unsubstantial as not to need further argument.”
On August 19, 1974, 17 year old Freddy L. Bandy entered Stoney’s Bar in Philadelphia with two others and, at knife point, forced the bartender to remove money from the cash register. Freddy then stabbed the bartender in the stomach. After being stabbed, the bartender grabbed a rifle which he kept behind the bar and shot Freddy in the back. Both men collapsed behind the bar. The bartender died eleven days later from the stab wound. His co-conspirators, ages 13 and 14, testified that Freddy said, “I should stick this bar up.” Freddy was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to serve 10 to 20 years. Freddy’s appeal was unsuccessful.[iv] He was paroled, and on August 20, 1985 he was arrested by Philadelphia Police and charged with stabbing Debra Allison and attempting to steal her money. He was convicted of assault and returned to prison for that crime and parole violation. He unsuccessfully appealed the conviction.[v]
In 1978, Charles Bandy, while in prison on another conviction, killed fellow inmate David Cunningham. Charles knocked David Cunningham down to the floor, and while Cunningham was unconscious, Charles used the bunks on either side of the cell for support, and jumped up and down repeatedly on Cunningham’s head and face. Cunningham died on the floor of his cell.[vi]
Jordan J. Bandy was convicted of molesting a child in Mississippi in 1986. As he had been previously convicted in Iowa and Texas of similar offenses, Jordan was sentenced to life in prison.[vii]
[i]Crick & Alman, Leicestershire Record, Quarter Session Records, Transportation Bonds, 1721-1783, p.116.