GIBSON, Maurice Linn

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FATHER TURNS FIEND, SLAYS HIS CHILDREN Neighbors Summoned by Wife, Find Four Children Dead. TRIED TO END OWN UFE Missourian Slashes Head and Wrists With Ax But WiU Probably Recover. Kansas City, March 14.—Maurice L. CJlbson, ot Prather Hill, Mo., near North Kansas City, killed his tour children with an axe early today while his wife was In another part ot the house and then Lacked himself 1th the axe and later slashed his wrist. Ho in expected to live. No reason been assigned for the quadruple killing. The children were Maurice, Jr., and Mnjorle, twins, 7 years old; Hazel, E and Helen, one and halt years old. Following tho slaying Olbson ran to tho home of his sister-in-law, a hundred yards away, where ho hacked hlrai M with tho axe loiter, when march was beln( made for him, he went to another part of the house and slashed hl» wrist. Wife Dls»ndea Him. Gibson'was brought to a hosplta hero In an unconscious condition Tho twins and Hazel were dead when found and tho baby died on iho way to the hospital. Gibson, a parngn man, lived with his family In a two story house at Prather Hill, which Is * small camp near North Kansas City. When Mrs. Gibson arose she heard her husband rummaging about In the living room. She prepared breakfast and not long afterward heard tho scream ot the baby, Helen. She hurried to the stairway, stairway, according to reports, and met her husband coming down, axe In hand. At her exclamation he seized seized her wrist, she said and made » motion as If to strlko her. "Don't strike me, Maurice," she exclaimed. He pushed her aside, ran downstairs downstairs and out of the house. Found Children D»ad. .Mrs. Qlbion screamed and neighbors neighbors rushed In nn;l found Hazel and Mojorlo. n»loop In one bed, wero dead. Maurice Jr., asleep Iij another bed also was found dead and the baby waa gasping In Its cot. A doctor wnSVgummoneil and h» ordered tho baby taken to a hospital but It died on the way When neighbors searched for Gibson ho was found In the homo of hla slstor-ln-law, Mrs. W. 11. Prather. Mra. Prather was not at home. Gibson lay on the kitchen floor, his head baci-Cd and apparently apparently lifeless. Slayer Disappear!. Believing tho culldren needed Immediate help, tho searchers left Gibson on tho floor and returned to tho Olbson home. Later, when as started said to druggist a tho Olds and was serious he him in told son and Id they returned to tho houne, Gibson had gone. Prather Nearby fields wore searched and when they returned to the house they found Gibson In another roonv wrists slashed. At the hospital It was said Gibson Gibson had a good chance to recover. Ten wounds were counted on his head, but none fractured the skull. Arteries in each wrist' were cut.. Neighbors today were unable to assign a reason tor the tragedy. They described Gibson us a slow- thinking, good-hoarted man. In 1020 ho went from hero to Iowa to farm but was unsuccessful. Ho returned returned about s, year ago and for a time was employed as a motor mechanic. Last summer ho built a garage near his homo, which neighbors said, was poorly located located for business. This winter Is to have been unable to meet expenses expenses and was despondent at periods, neighbors said. The home where the Gibsons lived la the property ot Mrs. Ulb son's parents, Mr. and Mrs, E. V, Prather. They were visiting In Kansas City last night. An Inquest was ordered by W H. HIU, coroner ot Clay county. Slayer to Jail. Gibson recovered consciousness later at a hospital and was remov od to the city Jail. He appeared Irrational, police Bald. "Where am IT" he asked repeat edly. He attempted to leave hli bee and officers were compelled to ti him down. ent ie Waren ol he ecu ad Ion hat ver, Mr. go lon he lay. n n was former n conspiring to tho old

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  1. The Hutchinson News,
  2. 14 Mar 1925, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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