Kate Dwyer

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THREATS ARE HEARD TO KILL IS. BILLS COJfFIJOTIJrO . KVTDEJTCH AT THE COROITEK'S WdtTEST. AGED MOTHER DEFENDS SDNS Three Reese brothers frequented home of Hn. BUla, whom neighbor neighbor regarded mm wife of Tom Reeae Rvldeacc complete today a a back-. "Tom, dont do that; let go of my hands," , was the plea of Mrs. Katie Bills on one occasion and "Damn you, shut up or I'll kill you," was the threat made against the woman on another, according to the testimony of Mrs. Tom Williams, 61S East Oelena street, at the coroner's inquest when official inquiry Into the death of Mrs. Bills last Saturday in the basement of 618 East Galefia was begun before Coroner Lane. A pathetic feature of the inquiry was the effort of Mrs. Reese, the aged mother of the two brothers, Tom and Will Reese, who are held as material witnesses, to free her sons from any blame. "My boys are good boys; they never would do anything like that,", testified Mrs. Reese, who sat between her sons, who were without an attorney. The testimony of one doctor was that the assault probably hastened the death of Mrs. Bills, who was suffering from acoholism. Neighbors testified that the only men they saw at the home of Mrs. Bills were the three Reese boys, Tom, Will and Charles, and they 'had supposed that Mrs. Bills was married to Tom Reese. Coroner Lane told witnesses witnesses that he thought it was a case of murder and two witnesses were asked If they had been threatened against giving testimony for the state. Mrs. Williams testified that she heard a woman screaming in the basement on several occasions, and on Dec. 23 she saw Charles Reese knock Mrs. Bills down after the brothers had quarreled In . the Bills noma She thought she recognized Tom Reese's voice when she heard a man say, "Damn you, shut up, or 111 kill you." She had heard the quarreling in the basement on several occasions. Mrs. Willard was a reluctant witness witness for the state. Deputy County Attorney Kerr Beadle got her to admit that the mother of the Reese brothers told her that Tom had told his mother at 5 o'clock In the morning that Mrs. Bills was dead. This contradicted the story of Mrs. Reese that her son never apprised her of Mrs. Bills' death and that she discovered Mrs. Bills body eight hours after the time told of by Mrs. Willard. There was no denial made that Tom Reese had engaged the house In which he and Mrs. Bills lived for 11 months. The inquest will be resumed this afternoon. ' The statement of Tom Reese that he was not at the Bills cabin after Thursday were contradicted by the testimony of George Nadeau, who said he saw Reese and his brother going Into the home Friday evening. The body was found Saturday. There was blood on the bed, but none on the furniture. furniture. Other Testify. August Fortan, a neighbor, said he had pulled a man oft who was beating Mrs. Bills on Deo. 28. The assailant was about 6 feet 11 inches tall and was not Tom Reese. He had seen men going in and out of the home where Mrs. Bills lived. Mrs. Bills was not on the street much. He had heard scuffling In the house and there had been numerous "can rushing" parties, but he had never heard Mrs. Bills crying, as other witnesses testified. He had seen Tom Reese at Mrs. Bills' home several times. The witness denied that his life had been threatened if he gave incriminating evidence and said he had not been approached on the case. George Nadeau, the owner of the property, testified that Reese had paid the rent and that he knew Mrs. Bills as Mrs. Tom Reese. The night before Mra Bills was found dead he went into the cabin. It was dark. There were two bodies on the bed and a man spoke to him and asked him what he wanted. He said he did not know whether or not Mrs Bills was dead at the time. He had seen Reese in the cabin many times and Bald neighbors thought Reese and Mrs. Bills had been married during the 11 months they lived there. Dr. S. E. Schwartz testified that there were many bruises about the head and body and that the assault might have hastened death. Several of the organs were in bad condition and Mrs. Bills would have died soon. His testimony showed she was a hard drinker. Dr. P. H. McCarthy gave similar testimony. Tom Williams, a neighbor, told how-Charley how-Charley how-Charley ("Chicken") Reese, a third brother, Tiad struck Mrs. Bills on Dec. 23. The witness said the three brothers brothers were the only ones he saw frequenting frequenting the home of Mrs. Bills.. a

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  1. The Anaconda Standard,
  2. 20 Jan 1915, Wed,
  3. Page 3

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