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Rocky Mountain News (Denver), 7 May 1866



The Coroner's Inquest in the Case.

   In the Coroner's investigation of this case, no evidence was elicited that gave any clue to the perpetrators of this deed.  .  .  . 

   The Surgeons in their testimony, after an autopsy of the body of the murdered man, testified that from all appearances they were justified in the conclusion that the man was dead previous to being hung in the tree, and that his death was caused by strangulation or suffocation.


Akron Weekly Pioneer Press, Friday 2 December 1892 (2)

CARL SMITH, an eighty-year-old tramp, was killed a few days ago in Norristown, Pa., and at the inquest it was developed that he was a German refugee who came over here in 1848 with Carl Schurz, and received remittances regularly from the Fatherland.


CHEYENNE DAILY SUN, 2 February 1894


Denver, Feb. 10. - The Supreme Court has granted the district attorney a supersedeas staying the mandamus granted by the district court giving Mrs. Carr and her attorney the right to be present at the inquest on the body of Harry L. Carr, which is being held this afternoon.



Akron Weekly Pioneer Press, Friday 18 January 1895 (1)


Horrible Suicide of a Nebraska Man and Woman.

Paxton, Neb., Jan. 14. - As a result of destruction and their helpless situation among hundreds of starving people, John Harris and his wife, living a few miles in the country, committed suicide, and the body of their newly-born babe was found with its parents some time after.

   Mrs. Harris was lying on the bed entirely nude, with her throat cut from ear to ear and the bed clothing saturated with blood.  The husband was found lying on the floor near the foot of the bed with his throat cut.

   The coroner's inquest found that they had come to their death by their own hands, a razor being used to commit the deed.  The mother had expired in the throes of child-birth.

   The couple had only moved to their present place a month ago.  The house in which they lived was a sod dug-out seven miles northwest of here.  The surroundings of the place went to show that the pair were in very poor circumstances.  No motive can be given for the deed except that she was expecting soon to become a mother and was on the verge of starvation and suffering.

   The following letter was found:

"Dear Old Parents - We have decided to end our lives together.  Ida cut her throat and I cut mine.  I would give the world to see my poor old father and mother.  It seems like a year since I saw any of my folks."

[continues with report of the crop failures of 1893 & 1894; column incomplete.]

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