I wrote to the courthouse in KY several years ago, asking about the transcripts from the trial, and never received a reply from them. Others have gone there in person to try and find the transcripts, but they have indeed "disappeared". Obviously, there's likely a very good reason why the transcripts aren't available. It's my opinion that an innocent man, your great-grandfather, was hanged for a crime he didn't commit. I obtained the newspaper article, exactly as it was published at the time, from a genealogy library in Indiana.