times-picayune 14 dec 1881

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If in the heat of passion thus aroused he shot the woman he was only guilty of manslaughter in the third degree. The reading of letters sent by Sindram from the Tombs has given extraordinary interest to his case. Part of these missives were addressed to Mr. Crave and part to the District Attorney. A couple of specimens, having a horrible sort of fascination, will suffice to show the character of the lot and of the writer as well : Mr. Orare You ninst excuse me for not having written to you for so long a time, but I was so overcome with grief when I heard that your wife had die.l that I found it almost impossible ever since to do anything else but shod tears. I felt very sorry at not being able to attend her fnneral or to send her any lowers. Circumstances over which I had no control prevented me from doing either one or the other. I hope you gave her a tine, showy funeral plenty of carriages, ttowers, a rosewood cotlin, with silver handles, etc. Did you dump her carcass into a hole on Hart's Island? Don't for-get to put a tine monument on tier grave. ' Now, joking aside, you ought to thank me lor having 1 id you of that tough old Amazon. How happy you and all the rest ol your family must be now that she can't trouble you any more. You staged at t he coroner's inquest that you bad heard me abuse ami threaten your wife, and yet you remained perfectly quiet and didu't knock me down. " She was always wishing that you would drink yourself to death, and she would have Wen greatly pleased had I shot vn. I am triad I shot her and would do it again if I had the chance. Instead of being punished I ought to be rewarded and receive not only my liberty, but also a gold medal. I am not afraid of being hung, although I have been, as the professional criminals say. caught "dead to rights." No sirree hanging in New York is about Played out. It was not in j' fault that the old hag lived for five months with my bullet in her brain. I wish you would show this letter to the District Attorney and let him read it at my trial. I guess they can't hang me. but if I should be hung I will die an easy death. 1 will be dead iu thirty minutes. Mrs. Crave suffered live months and died a slow and horrible death. Site got what she deserved. I wouldn't mind the hanging nint h, because I know that all murderers go straight into heaven. No more for the present. Yours, William Sivdp.am. Mr. I'helpz. Sir I have been an inmate of the Tombs for over eight months, have been indicted and will be tried lor murder in the first degree, aad (so you may think perhaps) will do my best to cheat the gassows. As you have, however, let fall an expression of your linn confidence of being able to hang me, yon would consequently be placed in a very painful position were I nevertheless to escape from tke hands of the executioner. Still it is not so improbable or impossible but that yon might be persuaded to take pity oa such a Miserable wretch as 1 am and help me cheat the hangman by allowing me to plead guiltv to murder in the second degree. BuCasI do not prefer imprisonment for life to hanging, and wouldn't like to deprive you of the pleasure of having me strung up, I have concluded not to plead guilty to murder in the second degree. What a pity it is that according to law I am not permitted to plead guilty to murder in the first degree, but must defend, or allow myself to be defended, just as if I feared the punishment that may be meted out to me for what I've done, for I know well enongh that there is very little pleasure or satisfaction experienced in hanging a man who doesn't fear it. The only thing that may save me from the gallows, I ve been told, is the fact that that miserable old hag, Mrs. Crave, lived so long after I shot her, for had my bullet killed her on the spot, then I wonld have gone to Heaven (where all murderers go) to join Cox and Baloo long ago. I'm sure that it wasn't my fault if she lived so long with my bullet in her brain. Garfield also lived and suffered for some time after he was shot, but that, I guess, won't save Gui-teaufrom the gallows. If I escape it will only be because the jury won't think it as great a crime to kill a she devil as it is to assassinate a President of the United States. Besides, Garfield was also a very good man, in spite of the " Chinese letter" and " 029" abuse that was showered upon him. My object in writing this letter is to let you know that I don't want a plea and don't fear hanging. Yours, till death, William Sindram. It is said that many doubters, since reading these letters and others even more devilish, have been converted to a full belief in total depravity. President Arthur's message meets the butcher I'. " a of in of of at

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  1. The Times-Picayune,
  2. 14 Dec 1881, Wed,
  3. Page 10

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