|Detroit Free Press, December 28, 1935|
The facts in this story sound fairly specious. I was with the guards until the one stated that Jones punched Hood in the jaw, then after a short scuffle Jones promised calm and then died shortly thereafter. Which leads one to believe that further violence occurred during the scuffle and he was probably kneed or punched in the stomach, causing the rupture.
The article doesn't really clarify whether or not that he was actually suffering pancreatic issues just that it burst. I know from recent experience of my daughter having appendicitis (obviously not the same thing but similar) that she howled in pain before she was taken to the hospital so that part of the story seems legitimate. But for Jones to go quiet and die so soon afterwards sounds like he was likely fatally injured in the scuffle.