Category: Suicide by Bullet!

A Fitting End For Both

Posted by – April 30, 2017

December 6, 1886
A Gambler Shoots the Woman Who Cast Him Off and Then Himself.

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6.—A double tragedy occurred to-night in the “Division,” a disreputable part of the city, which, by reason of the prominence in their respective lines of the parties concerned, created quite a little excitement among certain of Washington’s inhabitants. About eighteen months ago John Rowe, a gambler of New York City, came to Washington with a full pocket book. He was accompanied by Minnie Raymond, his mistress, whom he soon established as proprietress of a bagnio south of the avenue. About six months ago he encountered a streak of bad luck and lost all his money. He was discarded by his paramour in favor of another man, said to be the son of a prominent dry goods merchant.

Rowe went on to the house and asked her for money. On being refused, he upbraided her for her ingratitude, and was ejected from the house by the police. He threatened the woman’s life at the time. Luck still ran against him, and to-night, mad with jealousy and his reduced circumstances, he went to the dive and shot the woman through the head immediately on seeing her. He then shot himself through the head causing almost instant death. The woman is still alive, but will probably die. 

From the Collection of The Comtesse DeSpair
The 1886 Morbid Scrapbook

Tragic Passion

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Steele Scrapbook – September 1, 1885




Horrified Sybarites—An Infatuated Youth Attempts to Kill a Lady Because She
Refused to Marry Him on Sight—He Shoots Himself.

ASBURY PARK, N. J., Sept. 1.—A sad case of suicide and attempted shooting took place at the Newman Spring Hotel, a summer resort near Red Bank, last evening. About three weeks ago George Curry, a son of Orrin Curry, a well known resident of Red Bank, became acquainted with a young lady stopping at Red Bank. Acquaintance ripened into a warmer feeling. The girls’ name is Susie Westcott, and Curry became infatuated with her, but found that he had a rival in the person of Mr. Stevens, bookkeeper for W. A. French & Co., who had supplanted him in the young lady’s affections. Last night Curry asked Stevens if he were going to the hotel. Stevens replied in the negative, and Curry then remarked that he would go and started to walk away.

As soon as Curry was out of sight Stevens procured a wagon and drove up to the hotel, thereby reaching it in advance of his rival. It is surmised that Stevens had advised the young lady as to Curry’s coming and probable intentions, and when Curry arrived he and the girl soon after started for a stroll around the grounds. Shortly after a pistol shot was heard, quickly followed by a second shot. The first shot was fired by Curry at Miss Westcott, the ball striking one of her corset steels and glancing off harmlessly. The pistol was then pointed by Curry at his own head and the shot proved fatal. He died almost instantly.

Curry’s father—whose only son he is—is a highly respected citizen of this town, and has held many offices of trust. His son George was educated at the Medical College at Philadelphia, in which city he married, after he graduated, removed to Brooklyn, N. Y., where he practiced his profession for two or three years, and was successful until some difficulty arose between the young couple and they parted. The Doctor soon after obtained a divorce, since which time he has been residing with his parents and has led rather a restless life, although he was much esteemed among his acquaintances. The blow to his father is a severe one and he is prostrated from grief. The remains of the young man were taken charge of by Coroner Robert T. Smith and an inquest will be held.

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Suicide In A Bank

Posted by – November 17, 2013

1892 Morbid Scrapbook


The Watchman Found Dead With a Bullet in His Head.

BALTIMORE, Feb. 3.—Shortly after three o’clock this morning, Watchman McCauley, at the Continental National Bank, committed suicide in the bank by shooting. McCauley was seen by the officer on the beat at ten minutes before three o’clock. He was walking up and down and nothing unusual about his demeanor was noticeable. At three o’clock he should have turned in an alarm, and it was his failure to do so that apprised the authorities that something was wrong. A messenger was sent to the bank, but reported that the watchman was nowhere to be seen. Another boy was sent around, and he saw the watchman lying on the floor with the blood pouring from his head.

Patrolman Lewis hastened to the bank and saw McCauley lying on the floor in a pool of blood. He summoned Sergeant Kirsch and Patrolman Reynolds. Marshall Frey and Cashier J. Wesley Guest, of the bank, were sent for. McCauley had been dead for some time before Sergeant Kirsch reached his side. Teller Roger Frey, of the bank, a son of Marshall Frey, said that the revolver used was kept in one of the drawers at the paying desk. This drawer was found half open. McCauley was about sixty years of age and exceedingly feeble. He leaves a wife and family. He was a brother of Rev. James A McCauley, ex-president of Dickinson College, the famous Methodist Divinity School at Carlisle, Pa.

From the collection of The Comtesse DeSpair

The 1892 Morbid Scrapbook

Mysterious Shooting Case

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Steele Scrapbook – October 28, 1885

Mysterious Shooting Case.

LEOMINSTER, MASS., Oct. 28.—A mysterious case, which is now being investigated by the police, is causing considerable excitement. Arthur Spill, a young man, left here for Worcester yesterday. He returned on the evening train and went to the house of Edward Crockett, who is employed at Northboro, his wife and children being at home. About 10 o’clock Spill was found in Crockett’s door-yard in a dying condition. He had been shot through the lungs with a shotgun, and lived only about an hour after he was taken home. The wound evidently could not have been self-inflicted. Spill, while dying, talked freely against his neighbors in general, but refused to furnish any account of the shooting.

Further investigation proves that a man named Allen, who first reached the dying man, reports that Spill’s clothing was on fire, having been ignited by the discharge of the gun, and that Spill admitted that he took his own life.


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Blew His Brains Out

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Steele Scrapbook – May 24, 1885


PHILADELPHIA, May 24.—Frederick Weyer, of Rising Sun, a suburb of this city, a shoemaker, last night loaded an old carbine that had not been used since the war, and in the presence of his wife discharged the contents into his head. His skull was blown into several pieces. The wife could assign no cause for the act.


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