The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia) 11 August 1888 pg. 7
THE DUMINGS AGAIN. Susie Dunning Dies Yesterday at 1:20 In the Afternoon. In Coroner Notified and an Inquest to be Beld-TheOld Woman Left Alone At the DOOM t t Night. Susie Donning ii dead The name is familiar in Atlanta as that of the most notorious mincegenatist that has figured here in years The story of her marriage to the young negro Green Jackson and of his subsequent trial in Judge Manning's court upon the charge of having received a part of the money stolen from the old lady were recalled a tow days ago by the death of Matilda Dunning. It U the general opinion with the police and detectives that Matilda's death was a violent one. The black spot over the body the suddenness of her death and every circumstance connected with the matter tended to strength en the theory. Susie was thought to be dying when Matilda died and this in itself was regarded as another evidence of foul play The old lady was sick and unable to take care of herself and the family was left almost entirely in the hands of their negro neighbors and relatives. Among these was Green Jackson's mother Matilda was decently buried in Westview That night there was a wild time at the Wid cw Uunninis's. The old lady was drunk that is to say she was drunker than usual and the neighbors were drunk Over the body of the dead girl blows were actually exchanged and the drunken profanity and abnse were something horrible Susie lingered until yesterday and died The old woman was drunk still and the family exposed as it has been for some time to the mercies of their negro neighbors. So the theory of foot play is stronger than As soon as the death became known yester day Detectives Redfurd Buchanan and Cason and Patrolman alton went out to the house and began investigating. They remained at the house all ni Lt The scene at the Dunning home a little two- room sbasty at the end of Newton street was well in keeping with the Dunning story One room was closed That was where the body lay In the other room wt old Mrs Dunning bare-footed slovenly dressed and mandhn drunk A very old woman sat m the door way BI d in the room was another neighbor a Mrs. Murphy The detectives were standing near the door. Be ide Mrs Dunning was a table and on it besides the lamp and candles was a large Ixttle holding possibly a half gallon or more of port wine Ob Oh The two of'em is gone 0-hl" The old woman rocked back and forth She was not crying and did not seem to be particularly affected "faith aii 111 go after Dinny said the The divil an' hell wid Dinny said Mrs Dunning You d aggers ate a saint wid Dimy Murphy lie s like the divil is Dinny Murphy he la 1 o the hell he is as the chaste retort but Dippy ain t 110 nigger Mistress Dun I'll ho am t 'iou re a fool you are anyhow The olduoinau turned her back on her visitor 'how I 11 tell ) u1 she remarked presently to Detectne 1 uchauan who had just come In tie fus one give me ever tiring every thing but this oue oli me bl t began murubl nf an 1 shaking her head hat did this one do 'Slesud ma ma mi ma'an' whin her breath 1 a so help me her lips moved tins awa\ Tl c o d woman moved her lip as if trying to articulate tl e word ma Lil ed be to God interrupted the neigh hoc an so sue did all day till she died Ah me Mid the old woman there a hell to i av for all this 111 tell you" turning to tl c detective e aeam 111 tell you. She began mumbling again but it was im possible to understand her "That Susie was a good girl she was said the ne ehbor Oh tliehell" Tl en the old lady uncorked the large bottle fillftd a t ass nearly full and drank it The neighbor followed suit The older woman did iiot drink 'I pi\ e a nieger girl five dollars continued the o 1 woman to ccx. k me some steak. Then she bt gan mumbling again In ti e otl er room the bod was lying upon an undertaker s stieicher A tatin sheet covered the body Tl e face was covered with a hankerchief Drop tl at exclaimed the old woman as she entered tl e room I let 'em raise the cloth before an she turned black she did She jerked the satin cloth from the neighbor s hands and dropped it over the body again rue NEIGHBORS TALK 1 Oh Lord said one of Mrs Dunning s white friends yesterday but the way that old hagiS throw in fives aud tens at these niggers. Its scandalous All they v i jot to do is to ask her for it and she gives what tl ey want The nig gel' have just taken possession an' keep her drunk all the time an' r b tier hat was the matter with Snsie Haven only kno s hat was the matter with the other one She died didn't tshe M ill that b what's the matter with this one ' at s all anybody knows I believe the nig gers poisoned both of em an'the ole woman b going pretty soon 1 oa mark what I tell you Then they' 11 be askin what s the matter with the old woman A number of them expressed themselves in this way 11 e old woman 13 crazy said another "She Is as silly as a baby an the niggers know it. They &ay she has been throwin' money aioun1 shameful A noticeable feature last night was that not a negro cams to the house after the detectives arrived THE OTHEU GIRL. It was silted list night that the other girl was dead This is Maggie the eldest of the tl ree daughters. She married a negro named Piacock several years a o and has been living in Ohio since It was to her home in Springfield that Susie went when she ran away and married the negro and it was there that 1,000 was s squandered j In a few months The foundation for the report was a telegram received here yesterday from Springfield Tl epl t uthickiuing The acting coroner Judge Manning was notit-o 1 of Susie Dunning a death last night and an inquest will be held this morning The detectives are hard at work and th"re may be another chapter in the Dunning story s 1 l'otUI The Old 1V oman Last th t aublequenttial ving par old1ady f tbepollce V68 black'pttI bod ne hbors Vunnin . drunk-that W I & tl&lJy nel hbors. "fs'soon tedfurdBuchanan Walton 1Ul night. tw DWlll Dunpin bAl'e-foo J in and < 't1Je of 'em O I" an' neighbor. "You'J aggenate He's WI\ slot niger. sling. 'hty ain't You're 'ou old woman ow.l'lllcll "u "Ihe me thin -but oue- h fdfd 1 l i "She s d 'mo. ma an' a. 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