Category: Suicide by Rope!

Mysterious Tragedy In A Hotel

Posted by – November 17, 2013

1892 Morbid Scrapbook – January 31, 1892



Special Dispatch to The North American.
NEW YORK, Jan. 31.—Two strange men entered the Hotel Zur Quelle, Broome and Elm streets, kept by Wendelin Gerlach, yesterday afternoon. Both were Germans, one about thirty-five years old and the other apparently about twenty. They had dinner and two glasses of beer. When they had finished they asked for a room, and were conducted to a back one on the third floor. The older man, who had paid for their dinners, paid $2.50 more for a week’s rent of the room. About three o’clock a chambermaid went to the room and saw the older man lying on the bed apparently asleep. She didn’t see the other man. At four o’clcok she went back and found the man hanging from a rope attached to the closet door. She gave the alarm and the man was found to be dead. The younger man has disappeared. There was nothing about the dead man to identify him.


Okay, shall we hypothesize on what happened? The older man met the younger man hustling on the streets. He offered to buy a dinner for the underfed younger man for the price of one night’s ecstasy at the Hotel Zur Quelle. After dinner, they retired to their room and performed various escapades with one another, then the younger man left, having paid off his debt. The older man lay there reflecting on his sad lot in life, the wife and family he had abandoned, and his overwhelming homosexual desires, which caused him immense guilt and remorse. He decided he had nothing to live for and hung himself with the nearest piece of cord.

How close do you suppose I am?

From the collection of The Comtesse DeSpair
The 1892 Morbid Scrapbook

Horrible Suicide

Posted by – November 17, 2013

Obituary, Norfolk, VA – June 4, 1869

In Monday’s issue we published a short paragraph in relation to the supposed suicide of an old man named JAMES WATTS, residing at Bowers’ Hill. He left his residence on Tuesday, 25th of May, with the avowed intention of committing suicide. He said the would neither shoot nor drown himself, but that he would take his life in some other manner. His friends did not regard the threat, as he was this suffering from a cancer in his face, and lameness in one of his feet, and they supposed it was merely the result of his bodily agony that caused him to make the remark. But his prolonged absence excited the fear that he had carried out what they at first regarded an unmeaning threat and they instituted immediate search for him. Their fears met a fearful realization. Yesterday morning his body was found in the swamp near Bowers’ Hill, suspended by a rope yarn, from the limb of a tree, horribly mutilated by birds of prey. He was found by Mr. Henry Hennicke, a county surveyor, who was untiring in his search for the missing man. He says the appearance of the body when found was truly awful and heart sickening. It was hanging about three feet from the ground, one foot missing and his jawbone entirely gone. Mr. Hennicke called the others engaged in the search to his assistance, who took the body of the unfortunate man down and carried it to his home, to await a coroner’s inquest. Mr. H. informs us that he passed the place where he found the body on Thursday morning last, and therefore thinks that he hung himself on Thursday night, and that the body had remained there since that time undiscovered. As before stated Mr. WATTS was suffering extreme bodily pain, and this caused him to violate the laws of his Maker, and take his own life. He was 65 years of age, and enjoyed the friendship of a number of persons in the section where he lived. Mr. WATTS leaves a family to mourn his unfortunate death. Mr. Hennicke was endeavoring yesterday to secure the services of a coroner, in order that an inquest might be held at once, and the body interred.

Donated by Cupid In Hell

Hanged In The Woods

Posted by – November 17, 2013

1892 Morbid Scrapbook


The Dead Body of an Unknown Man Found Near Crescentville.

The badly-decomposed body of a man was found yesterday hanging to a tree in a patch of woods near Crescentville. The police were notified and the body was removed to the Morgue to await identification. The body was that of a man about five feet six inches in height and weighing 150 pounds. It was dressed in a black serge sack coat and pantaloons, red striped shirt, black derby hat and Congress gaiters. In one of the pockets was a piece of paper bearing the address “1052 north Tenth street” and a shipping tag marked “James Moore, Sixteenth and Buttonwood streets,” was found inside of the hat. The body was suspended to a limb of the tree by a piece of rope, and the indications were that it was a case of suicide.

From the collection of The Comtesse DeSpair
The 1892 Morbid Scrapbook