The 1855 Murder of Isaac Whitehouse in Parowan, Utah
Journal of Mormon History
Salt Lake City, UT
Mormon History Association
In this article, the author examines the details of the 1855 abuse and murder case of Isaac Whitehouse in Parowan, Utah. Isaac was discovered on October 29 in a field's shallow irrigation ditch by one of the town residents. Following an investigation, it was confirmed that the adults whose care he was in, an aunt and her husband, were responsible for the murder of this boy. His aunt, Elizabeth Ward, had become the second wife of Samuel G. Baker, and they both took their frustrations from settling a new area out on their child, a deaf nine-year-old boy. The article covers the details of the case including Baker's sentence and ensuing details.