The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 29, 1954 · Page 10
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 10

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PAGE TEN BI/rniEVTLLE (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1954 Calm, Affable Grandmother Tells Of Poisoning Four of Five Spouses By H!I,I, SAN'SI.NG TUI SA Okla (AP) — Affable Grandmother Nannie Doss signed additional statements last night that she used liquid rat poisoning to snuff out the lives of four of her five luis- She calmly smoked a cigarette as she described in detail how she administered the pos- son into the food and drink of spouses from four stales. A ^ ^—— .—•——. County Atty. J. Howard Edmond- I Head of Woman Found Near Memphis son said a murder charge will be f liled today a.cainst 1hf> 49-yt'ar-old j pluiripish, jivial widow for the Oct. j 6 death of Samuel Doss. 58, of| Tulsa. ' ' Edmondson said the other poi-1 soned husbands and the dates | they died are: Frank Harrelson. Jacksonville, Ala., 1945. Kavley Lanning, Lexington, N.C., 1B52. Richard L. Morton, M, Emporia, Kan.. May 19, 1953. The prosecutor, with city officers and Kansas , and Oklahoma agents, has questioned the woman since her arrest Friday nifiht and said investigations into the deaths of four of her relatives probably will be undertaken. Strange Deaths He identified the relatives, whom he said succumbed under strange circumstances. as Mrs. Doss 1 mother, two sisters and a step- grandson. After making her confessions. Edmondson related. Mrs. Doss declared, "My conscience is clear." He said it was a comment she uttered after each formal statement. The only surviving husband Is Charley Braggs. of Alabama City, Alft. Edmondson said Mrs. Doss told him the marriage to Braggs in 1921 produced four daughters, two now living. They were divorced in 1928. County Investigator W. A. Lang «aid Mrs. Doss gave the following reasons for poisoning her spouses: She poisoned Lanning by doping his lood. She said she poisoned him on a Tuesday or ft Wednesday and that he died the following Friday. She ^said she had been jealous of Lanning because he was popular with the women. That was the same reason she gave for placing the rodent killer in the coffe of Morton, R native at Okmulyec, Okla., and of Indian descent. She claimed Harrelson beat her MEMPHIS, Tenn. f/I'i — The do ompo.wd head of a woman wa.s omul in the tall grass of a llel'l icar here last night by two home- vard-bound rabbit hunters. Shi-rifl's LI. J. B. Flowers said is port of the body of Mrs. Myrtl'- Haas, 30. reported missing last Oct Mrs. Haas, v.ife of Eugene I> laa.s, a sailor stationed at th<; Memphis base, wns the daughter oi Mis. Frances Chase, of Newpor'- l. I. Mowers said a llashllRht search i>l he area failed to disclose any otlif-i 1 ody fragment. He said Haas idwi- ilicd a .22 rifle and some clothins blue skirt, blouse and canvas slip- •r«—found near the scene. Churches Said at Peak of Strength .secretary, Dr. Roy O. Boss, and. an opening .service last uiBhl. Us associate general secretary, Dr. I "Nothing else will do," Roswcll P. Biirnc.s. : This morning's report recited de- It generally set forth the new ; tailed statistics of booming clnirch prohlcms confronting Christianity j icrowth — record figures in niciii- In a modern era described as one [ bership, contributions, S 11 n d a y GOING TO THE CLEANERS—Most everyone In Frankfurt, Germany, seems to like this idea—it's a machine that beats and vacuum-cleans rufis and carpets. The owner rolls the machine Into a neighborhood, puts the carpets in one side and takes them out on the other side all cl?,incd. 40 she poured liquid .poLson into his jug of corn whisky. Denies Others Edmondson said she denied any connection with the deaths of her sisters, her mother or Harrdson's 2'/a-year-old grandson, who pre-1 ceded Harrelson in deafli by two i months. Mrs. Do-ss permitted an Interruption of her'Interrogation yesterday long enough lo make an appearance for television camra- nien. She sat through a filmed interview at which only questions from authorities were permitted. Officers said before the filming, she insisted on prettying herself for the occasion. She smiled and seemed to enjoy herself during the brief questioning. She wan quoted ns .saying she. poisoned Morion because "1 lost my head and blew up when I found out he had been running around will! another woman and had bought some rinM-s." Edmondson said she told him siie poisoned Doss twice because "he was mean to mi'." Once she poured "a lot of poison on his prunes." After eating them he went to the hospital for 23 days The day after he relumed, she wns ((noted, she gave him n tablespoonlul ol poison In a cup o! coffee. DOHK drank the coffee and dic( the next day Ml, the hospital, sill recalled. "lie sure did like prunes." sin .said. "I fixed a whole box am he ate them all." ATTENTION BLYTHEVILLE! Watch WMCT at 12:30 pm Tomorrow for Important Announcement! .CHANNEL 5 AT 12:30 SHARP! the colossal bargain In llie.sc' days of \\idt' iiillalinii Which has sprain 1 IUTOSS our nalinn The (hiiUKhlk'ss man nin.v almost turn In drink! Where's (he bargain hunter's clover? Is the Any of values over? Just open u|) the faucets in your sink! Out will come your ltl : NMiN(; WATER Maybe colder, maybe hotter; All you want, and under pressure loo! At a bargain you are «:"'•»>«' If you take the lime lo think the matter throiiKh. For a penny, soak or shower For a quarter of an hour; It will \\ash away your smells and aches and ills. For H beer you pay a quarter, EvCli though you hadn't ortcr. A hundred drinks of waler cost three mills! When it comes to sanitation. RUNNING WATKK'S made our nation Hale and hearty fur the little we've spenl. And when you've not to RO It is comforliiiK to know That seven flushes cost you hut a cent! Do you think that dirt is cheaper. Whether topsoil or (he deeper? Just buy a ton and shudder at the lilmv. Don't tfet hot beneath the collar; Water's KICiUT TONS for a dollar! Here's your CfUO.SSAI. liAHGAIN—H 2 0. Blytheviile Water Co. "Wotcr Is Your Cheapest Commodity" Pay in Hollywood 1 * HOLLYWOOD l/l'i — Something J icw lia-s boon added to the Screen ! Erectors' Guild contract. 1 , hazard- i HIS duty pay. j Assistant directors will get $35 per ' light on airborne assignments ami £^ per dive for underwater pav .vhon they perform frogmen chores, j iiccording to provisions ol a nf.v 1 three-year contract announced yi:.s- ; Lcrday. By fittOKGK CORNELL liOS'i'ON, !Jf>— American churehe.s were pictured today as standing at a peak of "tremendous strength"— ; but at the same time groping uncertainly for ways to make that i power felt in a topsy-turvy age. j Knormou-s, swift changes in social patterns and "dangerous moral i conditions" challenge the effectiveness of the churches, said a Key ' report to the biennial assembly of the National Council of Churches. Despite Christianity's gains "in i institutional strength," tile report , : aid. there i.s a disturbing question i whether churches are "more or 1 Ir-.s-s influential in American life" than they used to be. i 'i'lie report was for presentation I • to 2,500 representatives of 30 Protestant and Orthodox denominations < assembled here to seek new methods for reinforcing their fraternity of faith. "When we consider how little it costs to be counted among the church members in our country, we are troubled," the report said. Little Difference "The average church member is not conspicuously different from the average nonmember. The average church is so much conformed to the world thai people are surprised if it sharply challenges the prevailing behavior of the commu- niiy." The major. 6-500-word document on "the .state of the church" was prepared by the council's general 750 Descent/ants Left W ATERVtLLE, Vt. (fft — Mr>. Evahn Burns Tanner dies yesterday at 106, leaving 3 sons. 3 daughters. 3li grandchildren and some 150 descendants in tiie fourth, fifth and six generations. school attendance, construction and , broad new programs oi church ac- j tivity. But it .said: "Juvenile delinquency, racketeer-Ing and violence, alcoholism, narcotic addiction and corruption in public affairs are cither increasing i m 1 in least seem so widespread that " f\ cio.sei m;i4i<jt; i/i v,u"i"-' ni.u.. Ol lit !<-<t-Ti. .T-I.III .in.".u* -j is the demand ol the hour." the j our .society ollen gives the impres- council president, Methodist Bishop f b completely un- William C. Marden. of Dallas, told ^^.^ ., of "unprecedented change" in the The council, representing 000 Christians of varied traditions, headed into its first working sessions today after hearing a call to tighten its ranks, to strengthen common convictions. "A closer degree or cooperation Phenix City Jury Hears Findings PHENIX CITY. Ala. I/Pi — Slat? investigators were expected today to begin unveiling their findings in the A. L. Patterson murder to the emergency grand jury after more than five months' preparation. And the Phenix City vice trials also cranked up again after a week's recess for the Thanksgiving holidays. Since Patterson was shot to ocath the night of June 18 outside his law office here. National Guardsmen and state investigators have teamed up in one of the most sweeping vice cleanups ever seen. 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