6 August 1894
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

AN UNRECOGNIZED SUICIDE ______________ The Woman Who Shot Herself at New Utrecht Yesterday. ______________ SENT A BULLET STRAIGHT THROUGH HER HEART There Was an Agitated Caller at the Morgue This Morning-- It was Evidently a Thoroughly Premeditated Case of Self Destruction. Are the Remains Those of a Young Man's Sister Who Ran Away Last April? The Tragedy Is Enveloped in Mystery. ______________

Yesterday morning a well dressed woman about thirty years old, shot herself through the heart on the roadside, a few feet from the track of the Sea Beach railroad and abount 200 yards distant from the Mapleton station. Her identity has not yet been established, but it is known that she did not live in the vicinity. Benjamin CHAMBERLAIN, who has charge of H. J. GALLAGHER'S stables almost opposite the Mapleton station, noticed her first. He saw her walking beside the railroad track carrying a blue parasol over her head. She lingered in her stroll, as if she was in no hurry, and Mr. CHAMBERLAIN became interested in her and followed her fihure with his eyes until she was out of sight. It was then about 11:35 o'clock. Five minutes after she disappeared Mr. CHAMBERLAIN heard a report and correctly guessed that the woman had shot herself. With Tom AMBLORE, a stable boy, he started out to investigate. The men found the woman lying on her back with a .32 caliber double-acting revolver of a cheap pattern lyinh beside her, within easy reach of her extended right hand. The woman was dead. As soon as possible word was sent to the police of the Twenty-fifth sub precinct at Bath Beach and Commanding Sergeant CORWIN hurried to the ground. The woman had hazel eyes, high cheek bones and a square chin. She had brown hair and wore a China silk shirt waist of white, a dark green skirt of heavy winter material, black stockings, oxford ties somewhat worn, and a brown straw hat, trimmed with brown ribbon and yellow flowers. Her hands were strong, large and muscular, and were marked with tgraces of a life of labor, but her feet were dainty and she was otherwise of a shapely build. There was a gold ring with a small diamond on the third finger of her left hand. In a pocket book of alligator skin was $39 in bills and 54 cents in small change. There was a plain gold wedding ring in one of the compartments of her purse and in another a key of a Yale lock. The pocket of her skirt contained a two ounce bottle of carbolic acid, bearing the store addresses of Bolton Drug company. This firm dates and registers the sale of all poisons on the label and in a book. The date had been carefully scratched from the label. There was evidently an effort made by the woman to destroy all traces that might lead to identification. There were no letters and not a scrap of paper in the pocketbook. At her throat she wore a small square brooch of imitation gold set with imitation diamonds. Two cartridges to fit the revolver were found knotted in the corner of her handkerchief, which was in the bosom of her silk shirt waist. There was one exploded cartridge in the revolver and four that had not exploded. Finally late in the afternoonthe body was removed to the morgue on Willoughby street. Several persons called there this morning and looked at the remains but nobody professed to identify her. A man of a dark complexion and about 30 yuears old, and wearing a dark suit, called at the morgue about 10 o'clock in the morning, looked at the body carefully, seemed very much agitated for a moment or two, suddenly regained his self composure and hurried off.. He had explained to Keeper MAGUIRE that he was looking for his siter, who answered the published description of the suicide. "She ran away from home with a man in April last and we have not heard from her since," he explained. The gentleman declined to give his name, but said he would return the following morning. Dr. A W. SHEPARD made a post mortem examination of the body at noon today. He found that death was instintaneous and that the bullet passed directly through the center of the heart, and lodged in the muscles of the back. There was no indication that she had taken poison. Though the hands and arms indicated that the woman was accustomed to hard work, the clothing was much finer than that usually worn by a person of a humble life and the underwear was of rich material. No Brooklyn woman answering to the description of the suicide disappeared in April. Back to GHOSTS Main Back to CEMETERY INDEX Back to BROOKLYN Page Main