Ed Peek Jr and second wife murdered.
0 8 1 ED PEEK BB ABBEVILLE One of Victims of Mystery Car Wreck Had Abbeville Connections ABBEVILLE, June 25. J. Ed Peek, Jr., one of the victims in the mystery deaths In Atlanta Tuesday morning in which he and his wife plunged to their deaths to the bottom of a railroad cut near Austell, Georgia ,waa well known in Abbe vllle. Mr. Peek was twice married, the first time to former Miss Kate Schroeder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Schroeder of' this city, Mr. Peek was a visitor in Abbeville on several occasions and had many friends in this section. Reports from Atlanta today In dicate that both were killed and the automobile then run through a fence over the embankment to the railroad tracks. - ; Deputy Sheriff George McMillan, conducting an inquiry for Sheriff E. M. Legg, of Cobb county, an nounced he had widened the search by obtaining the aid of Fulton county police in hope of determining the source of the new plow line with which Mrs. Peek was stran gled, and the kerosene that had been poured over her husband's clothing. . ' May Clear the Mystery It appeared . probable that definite information on ; these points would clear up any doubt whether the Atlanta traveling salesman and Ids wife were murder victims or whether their deaths resulted from a murder and suicide plan. The murder and suicide angle was further weakened when Mayes Ward, Marietta mortician, reported that at least fifteen different cuts had been counted on the back of Mr. Peek' head, apparently inflict ed by some instrument "Believe It's Murder" "My opinion is this that It's straight out murder," Coroner John R.- Williams declared late Wednes day morning in the midst of his in vestigatlon. He disclosed that two men, one a former husband and the other former suitor of Mrs. Peek, are to be called before , the coroner's jury for Questioning, perhaps as early as Thursday afternoon. He said he understood both men are now in At lanta, but declined to reveal their identity. News of the tragedy was broken Wednesday morning to Mrs. John Peek, of Atlanta, the victim's aged mother, who had been visiting an other son, H. L. Peek,, of Memphis. Term, she was not told of her son's death until her return by rail. She bore up under the shock with great difficulty. Meanwhile the brother had come from Memphis by plane, arriving before his mother. Both H. L. Peek' and another brother, W. A. Peek, of Atlanta, de dared they were astounded by the manner of their brother's death and could imagine no motive which would lead anyone to plot his de struction. , Authorities were puzzled by the fact that one of Mrs. Peek's shoas was found in the car, but the other was missing. She was wearing black pumps with high heels. State patrolmen and Cobb coun ty police were seeking Wednerday to learn whether or not there is any connection between the Benny Llchtenstein murder several years ago and the slaying Tuesday of Mr, and Mrs. J. Ed Peek, Jr. Double Murder - i j7.. . o ........... tf was It murder T , Apparently victims of. a doubh tnurder, the bodiea of J. Ed Peel of Atlanta, Ca and his bride o: three months, were found besld this wrecked automobile at th bottom of a railroad cut 60 feet . beneath a highway bridge neai Austel, Ga. Evidence, Including I piece of rope tightly colled around Mrs. Peek's neck and no ski ; marks on the road, led to the mur :';': der theory..'::''?: ''V Asks Federal Building Funds to be Held Up (Continued From Page One) ful to you for your expressed desire to comply with the wishes of the citizens of Greenwood. We all believe that you want to construct a building in our city which the United States government and the people of ' Greenwood would be proud of and one which would be permanent, serviceable and beautiful, and conforming to the site which you have selected. . Since writing you oh May 23rd and Bince receiving your favor of the 16th we have given this matter a , great amount of consideration and have illscuHged the project at length with one of South Carolina's most capable architects and with several of our citizens who have had quite a lot of experience in building and landscape work. We have reached the definite conclusion that our Plan No. 1 as explained to you in my letter of May 23rd, or sometbtng very similar, is the only plan for this new project which will make it in keeping with structures which you have erected In other cities, and which will serve the several purposes which this new building would be intended to serve. Several additional very thorough in-, spections of the grounds comprising the present site and the additional land which you contemplate purchasing have been made and we are sure that the new court building In the rear of the present postofflce building will show up very poorly Indeed, due to the fact that the space between the present' building and the theater building on the adjoining lot Is so small. , Even if the new courts building were constructed abutting the theater building the courts building wou'.d be practically hidden