Account of Annie Dorman's inquest

This paper leans towards implying it was suicide, but the Philadelphia Inquirer leaned toward murder

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ANNIE DORMAN The inquest In the case of Annie Dorman, the 20-year-old girl who was found lying dead on the floor of her brother's room, at Sixty-fifth and Market streets, just over the county line, on the afternoon of September 1. was held yesterday at the scene of the tragedy. After the evidence was all in the six Intelligent men from Upper Darby who composed the jury held a secret conference for a few minutes and then solemnly an nounced this verdict: "Annie Dorman came to her death by gunshot wounds, Inflicted by Home person or persons unkuown to the jury." Then the persons more or less Interested In the case, and those net Interested, except through curiosity, dispersed, and once more the quaint old farm house took on 'Its accustomed quiet air. The five hours' investigation brought out nothing which has not already been published; In fact, as the Coroner and his as sistants seemed to be going on the principle that Annie did not commit suicide, many of the circumstances already published were not brought out by the lengthy exnminatiu. Doctors Did Not Agroe. Coroner Mlnshall, District Attorney Shaef-fer. Chief of Police Berry, of Chester, and Detective Murray, of Philadelphia's detective force, examined the witnesses on behalf of the Commonwealth. V. G. Robinson, of this city, represented John Dorman's Interests. Shortly after 10 o'clock, the hour set for holding the Inquest, John Dorman was sworn. During the hour that he was on the stand he retold of his whereabouts on the day of the tragedy and of the finding of the body and subsequent events. Dr. John W. Eckfeldt, who was summoned to the house Immediately after the body was discovered, gave It as his opinion that the girl had been murdered. "Because," he said, "her disposition was sufficient to convince me that she could not have killed herself." He also stated that, from a medical standpoint, it was altogether impossible for Annie to have fired any shots after the wound In the jaw had been inflicted, as he considered it fatal. CORONER THOMAS MINSHALL Then Dr. S. R. Crothers. the Coroner's physician, who held the autopsy the day after the tragedy, was called to the stand. His first stntement contradicted that made by Dr. Eckfeldt in regard to the wound In the jaw. "It was not fatal," said he. "Not a large blood vessel was injured, i The facial artery wns cut, but blood would have to flow a long time from that artery even to bring unconsciousness." Then the witness went on to say that he did not consider it Improbable that Annie Dorman had committed sulojdc, for, if she had determined to die, she could have had courage enough to Are the shots and withstand the effects of the two wounds made previous to Ihe one over the heart. If," he continued, "a motive for self-destruction could be shown, then everything would harmonize." Trying to Find a Motive for Suicide. . Then a partial effort wns made to show a motive. Mrs. Dorman was put on the stand and rigidly examined as to her relations with Aanle. She admitted that she had had one i V'""1'1 wl,h tlie Klrl. nnl1 tlu,n filie nn(1 than that she declared her relations with her husband's half-sister bad been altogether pleasant. ' Mrs. Emma Thomas, of 127 North Juniper street, who from last December until April 1 had spent a greater part of her time at the Dorman house, told of frequent "high words" she had overheard between Mrs. Dorman and Annie. Once, she said, she had gone Ir.t- the kitchen and found Annie cowering In a corner and Mrs. Dorman standing In front of her. Then Annie told her that Mrs. Dorman had choked her. Robert Cathcrman, Mrs. Thomas' brother, who runs the chicken farm situated Just west of the house, after Detective Murray had refreshed his memory on various points, admitted that he had told both the detective and the Coroner that he had once seen Mrs. Dorman chasing Annie out of the kitchen with a broom and also that he had witnessed several quarrels betweeu the two. Robert finally confessed that he was feigning confusion and loss of memory because he was "afraid of Mrs. Dorman." Mrs. Anna Thelllenburg, who lives at Sixty-third and Vine streets, said that Annie had told her, during the period of six weeks she had lived In the Thelllenburg household, that Mrs. Dorman frequently Ill-treated her and often expressed the desire that she "would have to beg from door to door to get five cents." Annie often worried over her treatment there, Mrs. Thelllenburg further declared, and would often endeavor to find comfort In tears. Jurymen Leaned Toward Snlclde. Ernest Pendlebury. the young man who "kept company" with Annie, was the last witness. He did not tell anything new. Then the jury examined the room where tlie shooting occurred. During the course of the examination this new fact was pointed out that the three shots which penetrated the walls and ceiling of the room must have been fired from a common centre a position In front of the mirror. This wns determined by the slant of the three holes. In speaking about the verdict afterwards, Van Leer E. Jones, the foreman, said that all the jurymen thought suicide the more probable theory, but no sufficient motive had been shown, hence the open verdict. The other Jurymen were Thomas B. Taylor, of Chester: George W. Leister. William J. Ford. William S. Moore and Joseph A. Warwick, all of I'pper Darby. MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE The Jury in the Goodwin Murder Case Promptly Return a Verdict. Special Telegram to The Times. Wellsboro, October 5. Guilty of murder In the first degree was the verdict returned by the jury in the Goodwin homicide case at 4 o'clock this afternoon. Just three hours after the time the case was given to the Jury by Judge Mitchell. Bert Ogden had been brought here from El-mlra, New York, on extradition papers to answer for the crime, and the grand jury sitting last weekfound an indictment against him of murder In the first degree. Others are thought to be Implicated, and a confession is looked for from Goodwin. A little over a year, ago Goodwin was arrested upon complaint of a Miss Copeiy, who charged him with being responsible for her condition. He married her and took her to his father's to live. A child was born. but. I be mother was not allowed to see It, and It Is alleged that she told her friends It was foully dealt with. Soon after this the young man took his wife away from his parents and then deserted her. She worked for a family living In Mansiield, a few miles from here, and at last had her husband arrested for non-support. Goodwin went on the night of September 3 to see his wife and Induce her to withdraw the charge. She told Ihe family with whom she lived that she was to meet her husband and went out. The following day she was found dying by the roadside, with four bullets in her head. She died the next day. A Miss Taylor, with whom Goodwin had been friendly, confessed to the officials that she accompanied Goodwin the night of the tragedy and held his horse, some distance away, but near enough to hear shots fired. Miss Taylor says Goodwin subsequently told her that he had shot his wife. MORE VICTIMS OF . VOLUNTARY BURIAL Six Bodies Discovered Not Far From Odessa and the Search is Expected to I nearth Thirty. St. Petersburg, October 5. Fresh excavations at Ternevsky, iu the district of Tireaspol, not far from Odessa, the scene of the voluntary living burial of persons belonging to the religious sect known as the Knskolniki. at the head of which was Feo-dore Kovaleff, have resulted In tlie discovery of six more bodies of men, women and children. The search continues, and It is expected that about thirty corpses will be unearthed. JOSEPH F. KELLY ARRAIGNED FOR MURDER He Pleads Not Guilty of Killing Cashier Joseph A. Stickney. Dover, N. H.,'October 5. Joseph B. Kelly wns arraigned in the Stafford County Court this afternoon, charged with the murder of Cashier Joseph A. Stickney, of the Great Falls National Bank at Somersworth. He pleaded not guilty and was remanded for trial. BARNATO'S WEALTH The Diamond King Left a Fortune of About S5.000.000. London, October 5. The late Barney Bar nato, the so-called "Kaffir King" and "Diamond King," who committed suicide by throwing himself Into the sea from the British steamer Scot, on June 14 last, while on the passage from Cape Town to Southampton, left a fortune amounting to 9U3,863 8s. Gd. v DATE FOR THORN'S TRIAL The Accused Murderer's Case to be Taken I'p October 18 Mrs. Nack's to Follow. New York, October 5. Judge Wllmot M. Smith to-day set the trial of Martin Thorn, accused of the murder of William Gulden-suppe, for October IS, In the Queens County Court, Long Island City. Mrs. Nack will be tried after Thorn's case shall be settled. More of Martin's Deputies Surrender. Wilkesbarre, October B. George Trlhel and Fred A. Schleppy, two more of Sheriff Martin's posse in the Lattlmer shooting, came before Judge Bennett this morning and entered JO.000 bail each for court on the charge of murder and felonious wounding. 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Clipped from The Times, 06 Oct 1897, Wed,  Page 1

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