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MYSTERY IN DEATH OF; YOUNG NEGRO UNSOLVED CORONER f BELIEVES GEORGE TOMPKINS WAS MURDERED. DEATH ; BY STRANGULATION Tba circumstances, attending' the death of the twenty - one - year - old no - irro, whose body was found Thuf - by a rope around bis neck end with Ma hands tied behind him,, in the Cold Springs woods, north of th Ca si no hardens.1 were as mystify ingr to the authorities today aa they, were when the body wa. found. Although s difference of ; opinion has been expressed by sore of tha detectives detectives who are working on tha case, th theory that tba ' negro had ; been murdered before his body had been suspended from the trve seemed ta b most renerally accepted. - Others' expressed expressed the belief that the man had committed suicide. T v , , , "'j:V Caeaaera Oalalas, ;r' ; j Dr. Paul F. Robi n son, coroner, who ordered an autopsy on the negro's body.? said .the examination showed that death undoubtedly was due. to strangulation. Ha is incliaed to the belief - the , negro , wa strangled to death ' before the 'body - was tied to the tree. - - - rr. - Robinson and John Mullln. supervisor supervisor of detectives, today mada a trip to the wotxis where tha negro's body waa found, but were unable to find any evidence that mlsrht throw light on the mystery. Mullin said he had not reached a definite conclusion aa to whether the man was murdered or had committed suicide. The negro s body was identified today today aa that of Ueorgre Tompkins, age twenty - one. 1041 Jlolburn atreeU Tompktna had been making - his home with Mr. and Mrs. jtob Smith, at the Holborn street address sine h came to ? Indianapolis, r about two Tars ago, from shrank Tort. Ky relatives relatives said. ' . : . - Harvey Carroll, colored, a cousin of Tompkins, said that until two weeks agoTomrklns had been working at a glass f vtory ; in the southeastern part of tha city. Tompktna waa laid oft. Carroll, said, ana so fr sis ha knew nad : not . been doing; anything since then., - . v. ; Attaches , of the Falrraount Glass Works, in South Keystone avenue, said a negro named Oeorg - e Tompkins bad been employed there until about two weeks aro. They said Tompkins told them when be quit work that he had received a telegram that his mother waa ill In Kentucky and that ha intended to visit her. Ha - gave this aa his reason for quitting; 5 V; ; Despandewt, SUter Says, ''.' : Mr. " and Xtra." Smith.' . with whom Tompkins had - been living - , aaid tbey had taken care of him sine he - ws ni no months old, and they sdded that his mother has been dead many year. Tompkins told them when be . qnlt work' at the glass works, tnejr aald. that ne thought be heeded . rest. : "He had never ; been arrested and bad not been In trouble of any kind. ilrs. Smith said. v . . Tompkins lrt the house about T:J0 a. ra. Thursday Mrs. Smith said, bat did not say where be was groins. lie appeared in good spirits, she, said, agd at no time appeared despondent or intimated he intended to and his life., ' i .. - - ;' - ..,. - ..:,. A grass rope around tbe - nesrro'a neck waa tied to two of tbe branches of the tree, but since his feet were resting oa the ground It appeared that he bad cot come to his death by hang - 'Z Continued on Pas Ten.

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  1. The Indianapolis News,
  2. 17 Mar 1922, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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