One theory of Annie Dorman's death

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One theory of Annie Dorman's death - How. was it done? Annie was alone. Some one who...
How. was it done? Annie was alone. Some one who had been watching and knew Annie knew"" that she would ba alone until probably 4 or 5 o'clock-some one who saw. Mrs. Dorman go out and feared not for-the intrusion of thoaa working on the farm. - It " was some on familiar with the 'pTace. The person, a man, entered the housa between 3.30 and 4 - o'clock and appro aobed Annie Dorman either on th stairway or perhaps found her in th room where she was discovered dead. It was in that room or that shelf that the rusty old revolver-lay and the man knew it. . T. It . was ..for a. purpose- that this - man entered, and the quick, pure soul -ot tha girl who attended the Sarah D7 Cooper Methodist ' Church and .whose . purity , was proved .by .the medical examination-after death, at once detected the foul- -ness of that intention. " She halted him. I She probably pleaded -wlth-him and then threatened him. It was some ona whom she knew and ' the aggressor recognized this.' lie had gone too far, and . he cared not, like -Tarquln, - mow-how- much - farther -he- went. He -urai maddened alike by desire and the fear of exposure that must come. . It was a terrible stake. . . - He must compel silence and the gun was the thing, old and rusted as It was, that on the spur of the moment suggested itself. It occurred to him on th instant and half believing that an exhibition of it might frighten the girl either into compliance or refusal to divulge, the man sprang toward the shelf, easily reached it, for he was of sufficient height, and came toward Annie. Then she flung herself on him. Then began the battle for her honor and her life. Then it was that the shots were fired by that terrible grip, speeding away- to the celling and the washboard and finally-lodging In the Jaw, shattering it and causing Insensibility. It was then too far the pure girl knew all and would tell all if she woka from that unconsciousness;, and tha murderer with one shot still left In tha old gun put all fearful possibilities beyond doubt by firing it aa she lay inta her very heart. The murderer then placed the rustjr gun by the girl's side, smoothed down the dress to hide evidences of a struggle, but like all takers of life left th one mute piece of evidence In the shape of the exposed bosom. There can be no doubt that Annie Dorman was murdered.

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  1. The Philadelphia Inquirer,
  2. 10 Oct 1897, Sun,
  3. Page 25

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