"The Millionaire Murder Mystery"

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"The Millionaire Murder Mystery" - THE MILLIONAIRE MURDERJ1YSTERY Of Massachusetts...
THE MILLIONAIRE MURDERJ1YSTERY Of Massachusetts Becomes More "Weird and Sensational Eyery Hour. W MOTIVE YET BEYEALED For One of the Most Remarkable Crimes of Modern Times, Mrs. Borden Was Killed an Hour Be-fore Her Husband The Assassin Must Have Waited In Broad Daylight "With One Victim for the Return of the Other They Were Killed With a Hatchet, but Other Persons on the Same Floor Claim to Have Heard No Struggle Suspicion Bests on Members of the Family Because It Is Difficult to See How Anyone Else Could Have Accomplished the Deed The House Not Bobbed Progress of the Investigation An Inquest To-Day A Theory That Both Were Drugged Possible Arrests. t6rrCIAL TZXEQalH TO TOT DISPATCH! Fami River, Mass., Aug. a The assassination of Millionaire Borden and his wife promises to become one of the most noted of modern murder mysteries. The discoveries and developments of each passing honr, instead of revealing the secret of the tragedy, only add to its weird and puzzling nature. No motive for the crime has yet been ascertained, Mr. Borden not being robbed, and nothing in the house being disturbed. There is still more to this. Neither the servant girl nor the people in the adjacent houses heard an outcry nor a sound of a struggle. Tet Mr. Borden was in fair health and Mrs. Borden was a robust, powerful woman. Therefore it is argued that either they must have been under the influence of drugs or their assailant was a person of whom they had no fear. More remarkable than this even, the results of the investigation satisfied Medical Examiner Dolan that Mrs. Borden was killed at least an hour before her husband. This appears from the statement of Dr. Bowen, that when he arrived Mr. Borden's body was warm and the blood was flowing, but Mrs. Borden's body was cold and stiff During the hour that elapsed where was the murderer? He must have been concealed somewhere about the house. The murderer mu't, therefore, have stayed npoa the very scene of his first crime, not knowing what moment it might be discovered and he with it, though immediately after bis second murder be disappeared so amazingly that no one can guess bow he went. Remarkable sad Mysterious restores. Mr. Borden owned a great deal of real estate, was president of a savings bank and bad other interests, and the fatal morning, as usual, went about town looking after his affairs. All that is positively known about bis taking off is quickly told. Ho started for home about 10:30. About 11:15 o'clock bis servant girl ran over to Dr. Bowen, who lives just across the narrow street and told him that her master bad been murdered. Dr. Bowen, going with the girl, found Mr. Borden lying dead on the lounge in the sitting room, bis head mangled in the manner before described. A few, minutes afterward the body of the wife was discovered in a room upstairs, the second one from the street on the south of the house. There Vere two persons in or about the house at the time of the murder. These were Lizzie Borden, the second daughter, and the servant girl, named Sullivan. District Attorney Knowlton reached here late this afternoon from Marion. Chief of Police Hilliard met him at the depot and drove direct to police headquarters with him. For five hours the District Attorney, the Chief of Folice,Medical Examiner Dolan, Mayor Coughlin and State Detective Seaver were closeted together in Marshal Hllliard's private office. A Judge Produces Some Papers. Judge Blaisdell, who presides over the court of this district, dropped in for a few minutes' talk with a big bulky envelope, and when be came out he had no envelope or papers with him. Dr. Dolan drove to a private entrance to Marshal Hilliard's office about 5 o'clock. He had with him a box covered with a lap robe. As he lifted the box from his carriage a bundle fell out It was Lizzie Borden's dress on which the police think there is a drop of blood. In the box among the other things was the ax which was found in the cellar of the Borden bouse, and on which there are stains, supposed to be blood stains. A patrolman entered a few minutes later with a register containing the names of all persons who had purchased poison recently in Fall Biver. He took the book direct to Chief Hilliard. The conference opened with Chief of Police Hilliard beginning with the remotest clew and going over it thoroughly and running it down to the satisfaction of District Attorney "Knowlton. It was learned that clew after clew was taken up and was in turn traced through to its end. Fasptclon Bests on the Daughter. Chief Hilliard reserved the Lizzie Borden theory Until the close. His purpose was to disprove all other theories, to open out all other clews and then suggest to the District Attorney that the Lizzie Borden theory was the only one left that could not be readily disproved. The whole ground was gone over. The premises were described, all the.snspielons and evidence, direct and circumstantial, were laid before the Attorney. After the entire case had been recited the advisability of making immediate arrests was discussed. It was found that while the evidence might indicate 'whom the police should arrest, yet it is hardly sufficient to guarantee the holding of the prisoner, not to mention a conviction. It is said late tonight, "however, by good authority, that other evidence not yet brought by Marshal Hilliard will be laid before the District Attorney. 1 tie Inqoret Scheduled for To-Daj. It was decided to hold the inquest to- morrow morning. It is expected that the testimony and evidence brought out then will once and for all decide definitely whether any persons whose names are mentioned in connection with the case will be arrested. State Detective Seaver just coming from Marshall Hllliard's room, said there wonld be no arrests to-night The cordon of police guarding the Borden house are neither vigi-land nor shrewd. It was supposed by them and believed by Marshal Hilliard that the servant, Bridget Sullivan, had been la the house from the time of the murder until to-day. The Dispatch reporter learned this evening that the girl left the honse on Saturday afternoon and spent Saturday night, Sunday night and part of to-day at a Mrs. Jessie Harrington's house. Her absence was not known to the police guarding the bouse until they saw ber coming up Second street to-day. Marshall Hilliard was greatly vexed when he learned of the negligence of his men. It Is argued that if the girl left the house before the police searched It on Saturday she could have taken the hatchets with her had she been so inclined. The Search for a Motive, The police and other official Investigators discussed to-day what possible motives prompted the murderers, irrespective of who they might be. The motive of gain was considered, as was the suggestion that a person who hated one of the victims and was not friendly to the other, did the deed. The insanity theory was considered, bnt the police finally decided that the easiest way to determine the motive was first to catch the murderer. Color was given to the poisoning theory to-day by the strong rumor that Dr. Dolan had received a report from the experts in Boston, who have analyzed the stomachs of Mr. and Mr Borden, saying that traces of poison was found. Dr. Dolan refused to deny this. He said that he could not sptak of it He denied, however, the story that he went to the receiving vault In the cemetery to match some hair alleged to have been found on one of the axes picked up in the Borden cellar. There was no hair on any of the instruments found In the cellar. Another Mark Against Uzzle Borden. George B. Fish, of Hartford, who was visiting here some time ago and who is quoted as saying that there was a strong feeling between Mr. and Mrs. Borden and Lizzie Borden, is the husband of the murdered woman's slater, and is conversant with the true state of the family relations. "With the explosion of the storV that Mrs. Chace and a young French boy saw a strange man in the backyard on the'morn-ing of the murder there comes another black mark against Lizzie Borden, according to the police. After a patient search today a Dispatch reporter found out who the man was tbat Mrs. Chace saw. He was a stonemason, who was working in a yard adjoining the rear of the Borden yard. He jumped over the fence to get some pears. This was about the time of the murder, and just the time Lizzie Borden should, according to her story, have passed from the house to the stable. But even if Lizzri Borden did not leave the house the stonemason in the rear of the house, Mrs. Bnf-finton on the north side, Mrs. Chace on the south, and the French boy in the street, surrounded the Borden house. Isohody Could tnter or Leave TJnseen. No one conld have entered the house by the rear 20 feet from her, and the boy, who was watching the mason from the street as he picked pearp, would have seen anyone pass him either in leaving or -entering the house. On the north side, where the side entrance is,, the boy.Hie mason and Mrs. Buffinton would'" all have seen the murderer as he entered the house. The .poltcfe argue that, with all these people watching, Lizzie Borden could not easily have left the house without'be-lng seen, and, above all, no other person conM have, entered or left the house unobserved. G. M. Hanscom, assistant superintendent of the New .England agency of the Pinkertons, spent the afternoon at the Borden house with Lizzie and Emma Borden. His coming here was first regarded as mysterious, but gradually a story leaked out that the Bordens had brought him there to see that the girls were not arrested. This rumor further insinuated that Mr. Hancom's dealings with the police had been singularly successful, and tbat none of the Borden family would be molested. A reporter took this story to police headquarters and asked if it was true. The police at once denied it emphatically. Burring; Oat a Flnkerton Chief. Late last night it was said that Chief of Police Hilliard had Issued an order which substantially prohibited Mr. Hanscom from entering the Borden house and from seeing Lizzie Borden. 'When the story first came out a futile attempt was made to- deny it, but this afternoon the police admitted that it was true. The order ' was revoked this morning, and Mr. Hanscom was allowed to enter the house. Chief Hilliard, when seen this afternoon, said: "I did not give the order, though I know the matter was being considered by the city authorities last night. In any event I see no reason why such orders are not proper at this time. 1 do not believe there is any reason why Mr. Hanscom, who is on expert detective, and in the family's employ, should have access to the Borden House 'any more than the reporters. The reporters are working as hard to get at the bottom of this case as he is, and no class of unofficial investigators should be discriminated against. "What reason, had the Borden girls to engage detectives. Are they afraid that we will overstep the bounds of law in our investigation of crime? If so, why did they not Come to us and jjhbw where our act might seem or may be inconsistent? I believe that the course pursued has been taken to protect the living. There has been much labor and great effort within the past 24 hours to create sympathy in that direction. In the performance of my duty I do not forget that there is something due to the dead. Our purpose is to bring the murderer of Mr. and Mrs.. Borden to justice, and our eflofts will be rewarded." , Don't Want Outside Interference. The police say they believe that Mr. Hanscom's efforts will retard their work. While it Is doubtful It the police fear this, yet it is a significant fact that as fast as the police suggest suspicious circumstances which might connect Lizzie Borden, just as faBt aro these circumstances answered by Mr. Hanscom. Since Mr. Hanscom has seen and talked with Lizzie Borden ber story has changed materially in several important points. For instance. In her story, as she first told it, she said that she was in tire barn not more than 20 minutes. Mr. Hanscom now fixes it at half an hour. But why did Lizzie Borden remain there 30 minutes? Mr. Hanscom answers this by saying that she was hunting for something. But Mr. Hanscom adds that she was so weak and rambling in her talk that he could not ask her abont such points as why she did not notice her dead stepmother at she passed the door of the room in which Mrs. Borden lay dead. If Lizzie Borden is so weak and so rambling in her mind that she cannot answer perplexing questions like that, how is it, ask the police, tbat she can explain so minutely her trip to the barn, and be so clear about certain other simple points. An Inspection of the Chimneys. People have been commenting freely to-day on the work of the police. On Thursday, the day of the murder, there was only a partial and incomplete search of the Continued on Seventh Page, to to if a to to to . as of to on to to to as of of

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  1. Pittsburgh Dispatch,
  2. 09 Aug 1892, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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