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POISON WOMAN'S MAN CO-PLOTTER ALSO CONFESSES Tate Tells Poisoning Woman's Husband to Marry Her NEW POISON MURDER Mrs. Jodie Harrington Confessed — Hight Case Bared , MATIION, HI. ,'|Sept. 2S—Love for the woman" who poisoned her lius- Jjnnd to marry nlm was more forceful in obtaining a .confession from Robert Tate, Johnston City coal miner of this part, in Southern Illinois' newest poison murder mystery, than was over thirty hours of constant grilling by Sheriff George Galligan, his deputies and newspaper men. Although arrested Friday night at West Frankfort, the confession was not made until late Sunday alter- ncon. Tate in making his confession said that he obtained the poison, gave the .first dose to Jodiie Herrington anil urged Mrs. Herrington, now 'Mrs. Tate, to "feed it. to iiim till he dies," then sat up with the corpse and finally,- twenty days after the death, married the widow. Up until Sunday noon Tate denied everything, even Saturday night, when- brought face to face with his wife, who had made a full detailed confession, an ilwho pleaded with. him to confess, he said ; he never bought the poison and never gave any to Herrington. The confession oE Tate and. his wife was obtained through the efforts of Sheriff Galligan, although Tate worked for the election of Galligan and asked to-bo left alone, Galligan told him "to come clean'' and he would. The confessions, all signed! in the presence of> from four to eight witnesses-y clea.r up the entire mystery with the exception of the purchase cf the poison and an evident effort tc protect a, third accomplice or person who kne\v,at>out the : murder. Tate first said he found the poison. in a box along the roadside, then! changed it, that he stole it from Tick's drug store in- Johnston City. It is believed that a man named Williams Vfriend of Tteite, purchased the poison for him, but police have Eot been . able to locate Williams. Tate, a short, stocky, Sbald-heacied .miner, anu his wife, a small thin, rather frail woman with black, slicked back, sat in the office of Sheriff Galligan pt the jail. Tate dictated the confession as his. wife sat by his side occasionally interjecting a'phrase or correcting a date. .Tate told of his acquaintance with Herringtoa and his wife, in T& very personal and detailed manner. He told o£ their' mutual attraction and their improper relationship before marriage. The first time he tried tc kiss her she ducked her head and, •:''! got x the dust cap," swore Tate. . The made ed "picnic 50th Buck's Buck's ct added Buck of every her occasion. and of at Buck posed attend. thousands are every and as Special •which Mils lowing annex with anfli Hie. invite tis'ts are are ors. cd Miss

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  1. The Daily Free Press,
  2. 29 Sep 1924, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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