Clipped From The Decatur Herald
NERVE FAILED Actor Edward Forshay Murders Actress Edna Stokes in . . Chicago Hotel. INTENDED TO KILL HIMSELF But at the Last Moment His Nerve Failed Him Claims : To Be Crazy. Chicago, Jnne 3 Edward Foiabay of Kansas City, actor and assistant manager of theatrical companies, tonight shot and killed Mies Edna Stokes, an actress, whose home is at Saoalia, aod with whom he was deeply in love. Forahay olaims to have met Miss Stokes in St. Louis six yeais ago when they both wore playing an engagement. Tbe couple played in different cities of the country nntil last fall, when they came to Chicago, and beoame members of the stock company playing at Viotoria theatre. The couple engaged in a desperate quarrel three days ago Forahay is aaid to have beaten the actress badly. Miss Stokes gave orders to the proprietor of the Vernon hotel, at which she was stopping, tbat Forahay should not be admitted to ber presence and, although be called there twice during tbe early part of the evening, he was compelled to leave by attendants. Later Miss Stokes met nim in the parlor and tbe couple talked for about ten minutes, when Forshay snddenly drew a revolver and fired two shots, killing the woman almost. Instantly. Forshay then ran from the building closely followed by James. Heim and William Kennedy, a porter at the hotel. After pursuing bim a short distance Helot overtook the mor-drsr and held him until the arrival of tbe police. When taken to the station Forshay said be Intended to . kill himself, as be could not live without Miss Stokes' Jlove, but that his nerve failed at the last minute. Id a letter addressed his - mother, Forahay claims he has been crazy for a year.