Source: Waveland Independent Waveland, Montgomery County, Indiana June 15, 1905
It is reported that Charley Roberts now in the Nebraska penitentiary, has confessed to the murder of John Murphy at Wallace in 1882. He says that he was assisted by Scott Sutherlin, Bill Irvin and a Veedersburg saloon keeper. Irvin is now doing time at Michigan City for stealing horses. Roberts was born in Waveland in the house now owned by Sant Moody. He was always a tough character and has been engaged in many desperate enterprises. His parents were good people and as long as they lived, he never failed to visit them at intervals although he risked his liberty to do so. A brother, James Roberts was highly respected. A sister, Mrs. Sarah Macintosh of Crawfordsville is his sister. Suspicion fell on him at the time of Murphy's murder but nothing could be proved. His discovery was accidental, as no one here knew where he was. A Ben Hur detective was looking for another person and recognized him. What his motive could be for confessing to a crime that will deprive him of all hope of future liberty is not known.