Archive for Tuesday, April 23, 2013

100 years ago: Lawrence police perplexed by possible crime scene

April 23, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 23, 1913:

  • "The Lawrence police and County Coroner Dr. H. T. Jones are perplexed, they have investigated a case which was brought to their attention this morning but thus far they have been unable to obtain any information to prove or disprove any of the three suppositions. This much they know: An iron pipe, apparently a part of some farm implement, was found in a field just north of the Lawrence Tannery, 145 Maine street, this morning. There were blood stains on one end of the pipe, leading to the belief that it had served the purpose of a weapon in an attack upon someone or something. On the ground close by the place where the pipe was found were bits of membrane which the coroner identified as brains, but whether they are human or of an animal the coroner is unable to state. There was considerable blood on the ground close by. Further than this they know nothing. The officers made a careful search of the nearby territory but have been unable to find any body. They found fresh hoof prints close by and they found a couple of sacks near where they picked up the iron bludgeon. This leads them to suspect that whatever was killed was wrapped up in sacks and carried away from the scene of the murder by someone on horseback. It is a complete mystery to the officers. They have heard of no trouble of any sort in this part of town, no one has been reported as missing or injured. They have been unable to find any clue which would tend to clear up the mystery.... Neighbors told the police this morning that they had heard no unusual sounds during the night. They said that the evidences of the 'murder' were not there last night. M. Byrd, proprietor of the Lawrence Tannery, found the blood stained pipe this morning and notified the police.... After a thorough investigation Marshal E. E. Meyers stated this morning that he doubted very much that a murder had been committed. He was inclined to suspect that it was an effort on the part of some one to indulge in a joke."
  • "Miss Estella Elanor Carothers of Lawrence was offered a fellowship by the trustees of the University of Pennsylvania yesterday under the Joseph M. Bennett foundation. She will take up a course in zoology and will receive a stipend of $225 per annum and is exempt from tuition. The receiving of such a fellowship is considered a high honor in university circles.... She was a very good student here and considered one of the brightest ever to enter the department of zoology here. Her home is in Kingman, Kansas."


Sarah St. John 5 years, 2 months ago

"They have been unable to find any clue which would tend to clear up the mystery.."

The mystery will be revealed later this week. Stay tuned, OHT readers!! :-)

FlintlockRifle 5 years, 2 months ago

Miss Sarah, thanks again for some very interesing reading, if it wasn't for you and Chad, this paper would be just another daily paper, ENJOY.

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