12 September 1896, Delphos Daily Herald

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12 September 1896, Delphos Daily Herald
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i-uANTZ'S CONFESSION It Proves Him Guilty of Bessie Little's Murder. HIS STATEMENTS IMPROBABLE. Bessie Little Could Not Have Fired the Two Shots luto Her Right Ear—Chief Farrell Has Procured a Lot More Circumstantial Circumstantial Evidence — Unsuccessful .Search For the Revolver. DAYTON. O., Sept. 12.—The,,.coufe7- sion of Albert J. Frantz made to Chief Farrell that he had thrown the dead body of Bessie Little into the river and had then thrown the revolver into the water practically clears up the case. It fixes the fact that Frautz was on the bridge on the night of the murder with the girl, and notwithstanding his claim that the girl suicided, the officials claim to have sufficient evidence to convict. In his examination before Chief Farrell .Frautz acknowledged that two shots were fired. This statement knocks his claim of suicide completely out. Both shots entered the right ear of the victim victim and it is the sheerest nonsense to claim that a person committing suicide follows: 27,1 met Bessie by appointment 011 the boulevard. It was.about 6 o'clock. We drove around Dayton View, and ou our way back took the old road to the new bridge over tjpe Stillwater river. When we got there she pulled out a revolver and before I knew what she was going to do shot herself. I was so frightened that I took the body out of the buggy and dropped it over the railing into the water. Then I tossed tho revolver over, too." The prisoner stuck to his story of suicide suicide and on being questioned said he had never owned a revolver in his life. When asked why ho had called at the girl's boardinghouse the following day and denied 011 several occasions that he knew she was dead, ho said it was because because he was frightened. Chief Farrell has at last located the place where Frantz three weeks ago purchased a revolver. It is known that Frantz visited the place and was waited on by one of the clerks. He bought a cheap pattern 82-caliber revolver, paying paying for it arid a box of cartridges $3.75. The clerk remarked at the tinio that Frantz was a rather young man to carry a revolver. After completing the purchase Frautz put the weapon in his pocket and walked cooly out of the store. He was also seen by a customer, who was iu the store at the time. Chief Farrell has the uame of the clerk who sold the revolver to Frautz. The young man is confined . to his home by illness, but when shown a picture of the accused murderer he at once identified it as that of the man who bought the revolver. For certain reasons the name of the clerk will not be disclosed until the weapon is found. Chief Farrell, in speaking of this phase of the case, said: '•! shall not divulge the name of the store or the clerk as yet. Frautz must now prove for what purpose he bought that pistol." pistol." The prisoner spent a restless night. Hour after hour he tossed nervously on the hard couch iu his cell, and buried his head as if to hide from sleepless eyes phantoms which filled the air. Many believe that the prisoner can stand the strain little longer, and they predict that within a few days he will make u full voluntary confession. Jailer Wood, who is in charge of the hostile in which Frantz is kept, is very much concerned about his prisoner Jailer Wood has lost one or two impor. taut prisoners through suicide and the people of Dayton are -watching this case pretty close. That Wood is fearful thut Frautz will make away with himself is made apparent from, the fact that he has issued positive orders not to permit the prisoner to have a razor with which to shave himself. This is a privilege that is granted all the other prisoners ii the jail. Coroner Cprbiu. has returned the following following verdict in the case: "After having heard the evidence and examined the body, I do find thai the deceased, Bessie Little, came to her death by a pistol shot in tho head. The testimony points so strongly to Alberi Frautz being the murderer that I an warranted in holding him over for ex anuuatiou before a higher court." This closes the case as far us the coroner coroner is concerned. Prosecutor Kuiuler ami ex-Prosecutor Patterson, who will assist him, will begin begin at once to get the cose in shape and take it before the grand jury us soon as possible. Diver Ben Graham of Newport, Ky. with his diving bell begun searching foi the revolver yesterday. The news o: hia arrival at the scene of the murdei spread rapidly and iu a short time tho

Clipped from Delphos Daily Herald12 Sep 1896, SatPage 1

Delphos Daily Herald (Delphos, Ohio)12 Sep 1896, SatPage 1
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