MadelonLooker Bigamy NYTimes 23 Aug 1908 pg 12
Msgls-t citi-sens SAYS HYPllOHSU. IIADE HER BIGAOIST Mrs. Madelon Looker, Indicted In New Hampshire Fight Ex-tracfitJon on -This Plea. SHE ACCUSES A MINISTER Brooklyn Woman Says His Influence Over Her - Lad Her to Forget Sh Was. Already Wad. Gov. Charles M. Floyd of New HaSapv hire ts considering tb plea -of Mrs. Madelon Looker of Brooklyn, who. through her lawyer. Luke O'Reilly, asks that be refuse to grant extradition papers which would take her to New Hampshire to answer a cnarg 01 Digamy. Mrs, Looker' plea la one of th most unusual In legal records, eh alleging hypnotism a a defense for her second marriage. Got. Floyd' decision 1 expected to-morrow or Tuesday. . Mrs. . Looker admits that In 1003 she married Irvin N. Looker, and that fa September. 1907. knowing- her first husband to be alive, she contracted a second marriage with a minister of Wakefield. Carroll County, N. H. She says that this second marriage waa performed while ah was In a hypnotic state and so completely under the domination of the preacher that she did not know what she waa doing, and that when ahe awakened and found out what had transpired while ehe was under the mental domination of the minister she wa prostrated. Mr. Looker. I a Maiden Lane Jeweler. George Robinson of 99 Nassau Street Is bis lawyer. Robinson said that his client denies the hypnotic defense of his wife. Mr. Looker is th son otf a well-known retired merchant of New York, while hi wife Is th daughter of John Ken mor of 63 Felix Street, Brooklyn. The preacher in toe ease, wnose name is Co-burn, la said to be a peddler of patent medicine. He Is now In retirement somewhere in th West, it ia said. Recently Mrs, Looker made application to BUDrem court Justice Clarice in Brook lm for counsel fee, and allmonv. and then Mr. Robinson, in behalf of ber husband, began an Investigation which eventually took him Into New Hampshire, where he gathered together the facts in the alleged hypnotic episode. When the foots were laid before Justloe Clarke be rezusea Mrs. unuri application. " I was present on Deo. IO, 1007." said Mr. Robinson yesterday. " at . Ossipee, Carroll County, N. II., when the Grand Jury of that county brought in an indict ment for bigamy against Madelon Looker." At th time referred to by Mr. Robin son no suggestion of the hypnotic In fluence as a defense had been nut for ward by Mrs. Looker, according to Law yer Robineon. out in order to meet an exoected denial Of the second mar riage he obtained an affidavit from tne nev. urnn -. waaer 01 wake-field in which Mr. Baker swore that he had married Mrs. Looker and the Rev. Mr. Coburn on Sept. 17, 1007. Co- burn, tne Rev. Mr. uaker aaid, bad introduced Mrs. Looker to him. The counle. he added, presented a marriage license which they had procured from the Town cierk or waxeneia. Mr. Baker also told, says Mr. Robinson, of th recelDt of a letter from Mrs Looker, in which she told him that her husband had accused her ot bigamy, and asked him If he would not destroy the record of her marriage to Coburn. The Rev. Mr. uaxer did nothing or the kind. In his affidavit Mr. Looker swears that he was Importuned to take hla wife back, following his charge that ah wa guilty of ble-amv with the minister, who. she now says, hypnotised her into marrying mm. n s mm wue toia mm mat sne had Inherited gSO.OOO from a. woman friend, and promised him that If he returned to her ahe would give blm th benefit of the entire legacy.