Tiefenthaler murder 30 Jan 1958

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Tiefenthaler murder
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the . . . . L. their . The National be made Horse is The Boden Ogborn, J. prop. Ingermann's prop.; Room at- Dublin; dentist; R. for returned Milton. and Kn. I ·»* 40.' I»* CONFLICTING STORIES CLOUD TIEFENTHALER MURDER Conflicting stories of the husband husband and his friend still confronted confronted officials late Tueslay night ihe vicious, fatal beating of Eleanor Tiefenthaler, 63-year-old local housewife. The husband of Ihe victim, Walter A. (Tom) Tiefenthaler, 58-year-old, accuses bis friend, John Handy, 63, of the attack and Handy accuses the husband husband of the murder. The Tiefenthaler's borne is just out of the corporation limits at the end of N. Lee St., in the northeast section.'' Sheriff Edward Cordell said Tuesday night that "no motive has been determined for the beatings nor has the death weapon been found." Mrs. Tiefenthaler, who. often worked as a practical nurse, died in Reid Memorial hospital in Richmond shortly after noon.. Coroner Dr. H. D. Hill said death was caused by six deep scalp wounds. described the beating as the vicious I have ever seen." . The husband, who is employed at the local Converto factory, is fairly good condition at the hospital, hospital, also suffering from severe head wounds. -' Handy was brought to Indianapolis Indianapolis shortly after Mrs. · Tiefenthaler Tiefenthaler was beaten at 11:40 a, and underwent a lie-detector "He was anxious to take the and volunteered for it," Sheriff Cordell said. Handy told police he went Tizfenthaler's home shortly -before -before noon, "to borrow some he (Tiefenthaler) had agreed to lend me." Tiefenthaler ia an inspector at the Converto Manufacturing Co. Cambridge City. Handy operates vegetable-produce store in his home. The two men have been partners on some portions of store's operation, Handy told Sheriff Cordell. Handy said: "When I got to house, I heard a big fight from the bedroom, and I walked in. I went to the bedroom, there it was: 'Tom' was'standing over her, and he had an iron raised over his head -- and just going fo hit her a«ain. 'She was groaning, and blood was gushing out of her head," Handy said. "I grabbed the pipe and managed managed to get it away from him, I ran to th« back door. He almost onjne there, so I turned and hit him with the pipe." Tiefenthaler denied Handy's story, and said everything happened happened about that way -- except he found Handy Btandfng over body with the pipe, and he.wrested the slaying-weapon from Handy. "I came home at noon and heard a fight going on in the house. I went in, and found beating Eleanor with a pipe. I tried to stop him he beat too," Tiefenthaler said. In Indianapolis, after he conducted conducted the lie-detector test- on Handy, Indiana State Police Cap. R. F. Borkcnsteip declared: 'The test shows that it's 3 to 5 that Handy is telling truth. Well know more when get the complete facts surrounding surrounding the killing." Handy is about five feet, four inches tall, and weighs about 140 pounds. Tiefenthaler is "much" rteavier and taller," State Det: James Sheets said.-Sheriff said.-Sheriff Cordell said there was no apparent motive for the slaying. slaying. ' . After investigating the house which showed signs of a violent' struggle, Cordell said he went Handy's home and took him into custody. Tiefenthaler was sent the hospital. Handy had changed his shirt before Sheriff Cordell took him :ustody and had put on another pair of trousers over ihe ones ·ore. Police at Stout Field had him remove one pair of trousers so bloodstains on them could be malized. Handy, well known in :ommunity had a late brother for years was a druggist at Indiana. , , Authorities have been calleOo the Tiefenthaler home on various occasions previously to investigate family disturbances, according to reports. Slate troopers from the Con- ncrsville post headed by Detective Sgt. John Petro and Det. James Sheets aided Sheriff Cordell and Deputy H. D. McCann in the istigation. The Tiefenthalers had lived in the house 14 years. They had married over 30 yeara. Mrs. Tiefenthaler was a member of St Elizabeth's Catholic church here. Her. survivors'Include the husband;'one .daughter, Urs. Joseph Joseph Keihn, RR2, city, three grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Damon JJeff, of near Williamsburg; one half sister, Mn. Mary Bond, Xn, Ohio; twV brothers, Joseph Whltsell, Dayton, 0., and- Loyd

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  1. National Road Traveler,
  2. 30 Jan 1958, Thu,
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