Family of slain Winfield woman fighting parole

William Kessinger

WINFIELD, Kan. (AP) – Relatives of a south-central Kansas woman who was killed in 1984 hope to block the parole of her husband, who was one of two men convicted in the strangulation.

Petitions have been placed at businesses throughout the city seeking signatures from people opposed to parole for William P. Kessinger.

Kessinger and Clifford Eugene Cox both pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Cathryn Lynne Kessinger in May 1984.

According to testimony at the time, Kessinger offered Cox $1,000 to kill his wife. When Cox said he couldn’t do it alone, Kessinger held his wife’s hands behind her back while Cox put a rope around her neck and pulled.

Both men received life sentences. Kessinger will have a parole hearing next month. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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