Decatur Illinois Moser case 11.19.1900
Is the Dart. go be to- had been of to Â«s- rw- hag to than Is a fhe bo otti^ lad!. destitution. Ky. SAMUEL MOSBR'S STRANGE CASE. Tenet* of OmUh Cburch Promlaenoe. Pekln. Ills.. Nov. IS.--Motions presented and statements made, tn connection with the application for a continuance In the cdse of Samuel Moser, are attracfnE much attenlton. Moser Is the confessed murderer of his wife and 'three children. Attorney T. N. Green, representing In his motion for continuance stated 1 that postponement) was asked for the reason that three of the principal witnesses absented; themselves from the state In order. If possible, tÂ» avoid testifying in tho case. One of niipse is Rev. Rudolph Witzls. minister who reprlimuuled Moser during church services in the Omish churth for fondllns his child In an endeavor 'to it, the services then havlne lasted three hours. The minister accused Moser of idolizing his child, and sa'!d this was In violation of tho teachings of their religion, religion, and ithat unless Mosetr repented he would be expelled from the church. Moser contended that it was humam father to fondle his child, especially It became restless, and consequently he refused 'to admit that he had sinned. A few Sundays later he was served a- nLttice of expulsion from the church. From that time he was Isolated from former associates. His -wife was Influenced Influenced against him, and this, he alleges, led up to 'the commission of bis crime. According ito the rules of the Oral* church the members are to partlclpa-te no lawsuits, all their controversies be.mg settled by the minister of their congregation. congregation. An edict has gone forth to the that the members of the Omlah church tÂ» offer no resistance whatever to Moser. This is 8uppsed to be *he cause for departure of Rev. Mr. WtuSg and two other of the principal witnesses. In the statement to the court it was 'indicated thast the plea of Insanity will be made the main point of defense In the of Moser. It was stated that Mossr's brother had. for eight imonths, been confined in an asslum, and ithat It had Â·Intimated toy many ithat the accused unbalanced previous to the connmlsalan HIM crime. Â·Benedict MosÂ«r. father of the accused, iworth In the neighborhood of flflO.W he has not glvnn a cemt toward emplo- ing counsel for his son. having been notified by the church that he would suffer expulsion if he aided the defendant In way. He has stated that (he will "trust to the law of the land 'to lo What Is by bin son."