Category: All in the Family!

Shot Him While Asleep.

Posted by – April 23, 2017

December 7, 1886
A Buffalo Woman Sends a Bullet Through Her Husband’s Heart.

BUFFALO, N. Y., Dec. 7A deliberate and cold-blooded murder was committed in this city at an early hour this morning. At about eight o’clock a boy rushed into No. 8 police station and stated that a man had been shot by his wife in rooms occupied by Emil Penseyres and his wife in the Miller block. Officers immediately proceeded to the place. They were met by a woman who appeared to be in a high state of excitement. She said her husband was in a bedroom , the door of which stood partly open. A cloth had been nailed up over the window. In the bed lay the body of Emil Penseyres. A bullet had penetrated his heart. The shooting occurred at about 6 A.M., according to the best reports, and the man was evidently lying asleep in bed when the murderess fired the fatal shot.

 There were no evidences of a struggle and every indication was that the woman deliberately shot the man in his sleep. The discovery of her terrible deed seemed to drive her into a frenzy of rage. The pistol she had used had been thrown under the bed, and she managed to regain possession of it before the officers were aware of her purpose. She flourished the revolver in the faces of the officers and screamed that she would never be arrested. They rushed at the furious woman and felled her to the floor, and after a severe struggle succeeded in getting the revolver away from her. She still resisted, but in vain, and was informed that she was under arrest and must go to the station-house.
She gave her name as Hattie F. Penseyeres, and her age as thirty-three years. Her occupation, she said, was that of a housekeeper. The only remark she made on the way to the station was that her husband “never used her right.” He was some years her junior, and was a wood-worker by trade. It appears that he married the woman who took his life in February, 1885. They had no children, but the woman has a son and daughter by a former marriage. It is said that her reputation was not good, and that she was formerly an inmate of a house of ill-fame.
From the Collection of The Comtesse DeSpair
The 1886 Morbid Scrapbook

Shot His Daughter for a Burglar

Posted by – December 30, 2015

December 12, 1887

Shot His Daughter for a Burglar.


PITTSBURG, Dec. 12.–J. C. Hill, a prominent resident of Edgewood, a wealthy suburb of this city, mistook his daughter for a burglar early yesterday morning, and shot her through the neck, inflicting a dangerous and it is feared fatal wound. Mr. Hill made collections of about $5000, which he took to his home to keep over night. His daughter, who had a bad toothache, arose early yesterday morning , and went down to the library to the fire to warm herself. Her father, hearing the noise, thought burglars were in the house, and taking his revolver followed her down stairs. When he reached the door of the library he fired, the ball striking his daughter in the back of the neck and passing through to the front. The young lady is in a critical condition, and her father is almost crazed with grief.

From the Collection of The Comtesse DeSpair
The 1887 Morbid Scrapbook

It Is A Sad Case.

Posted by – September 16, 2015

December, 1887



Josephine Curry Causes the Death of Her Newly-Born Infant.

Josephine Curry, thirty years old, who has been making her home for a short time at 1414 Cadwalader street, killed her newly-born babe at an early hour yesterday morning by throwing it down a cesspool. The police were notified at once and the body recovered in a short time, but the child was dead. A post-mortem examination was made by the Coroner’s physician, and the result will be made known at the inquest.

Detective Geyer was deteialed to investigate the case and interview the woman. He found her in bed suffering intensely and scarcely able to talk. She said her home was in Williamsport, and that she had been led estray [sic] by a commercial drummer whom she met in McKeesport. She last saw him in March, when he promised to care for her, but she had been unable to find him.

She came to this city hoping she could find him, but failing and being penniless and homeleess, she had resorted to the desperate effort to hide her crime. She said she was unable to say whether the child was born dead or alive, but from previous remarks it is believed that she was fully aware that it was living, and being alone in the house at the time, disposed of it before the lady with whom she was staying and who had gone to a neighbor’s for assistance had time to return.

From the Collection of The Comtesse DeSpair

Died For Her Mother

Posted by – December 25, 2014

December 19, 1887


A Fiend Kills One of His Daughters and
Fatally Wounds Another.

diedformother018ERIE, Pa., Dec. 19.—No crime of violence committed in this city during the last half century has created such a sensation as the shooting of Minnie and Annie Schau by their father, Christian Schau, at noon yesterday.  The murderer is a tailor, perhaps fifty years old, and long ago earned the reputation of being a brutal husband and a dangerous member of the community.  The two daughters, aged twenty-one and twenty-two, have lived at home, assisting Schau in his work, and despite their lack of advantages, have grown to be pretty, intelligent and virtuous women, holding the warm friendship of many and the esteem of all.

Yesterday morning Schau, who has been drinking for a fortnight past, abused one of the daughters shamefully for reading a newspaper which had been given her.  At the dinner table he renewed his abusive treatment, when his wife drove him wild by interceding for the unoffending girl.  He seized Mrs. Schau by the throat and threatened to shoot her.  The poor woman, desperate at his long continued brutality, bade him do his worst, saying she had nothing to fear, as death would be preferable to the life she had lived so long.  Minnie, the eldest daughter, interfered, begging for mercy for the mother.

“Spare her, father!  Oh, spare her!” she cried, but the drunken brute felled his wife senseless with a blow, drew a pistol and sent a 32-calibre bullet through Minnie’s heart, killing her instantly.  Spurning the dead body with his foot, he sprang to the door of an adjoining room, where the younger daughter, Annie, had taken refuge, and snarling an imprecation, discharged the pistol point blank at her breast.  The bullet struck an inch and a half below the heart, shattered a rib, deflected and missed the vital organ, lodging near the spine.  She fell, and he snapped the self-acting pistol at her again as she lay apparently dead.  Then he fled from the house towards the high bluffs on the lake front.

A telephone message brought an officer to the scene of the shooting, and he began the pursuit of Schau and brought him to bay at the top of a bluff.  The murderer drew a pistol and ordered the officer to stand back, but the plucky patrolman advanced.  Schau fired on him at a distance of six paces and missed.  The next instant the men were engaged in a fierce struggle, the officer holding Schau’s pistol hand, and then, plying his club, knocked him senseless.  Schau was handcuffed and taken to the station-house.

Annie Schau is still living, but has no chance for recovery.  Her ante-mortem statement was taken detailing the circumstances of the shooting substantially as given above.  Schau was arraigned last evening and committed for a hearing next Wednesday.  He pleads not guilty, and says the girls took the pistol from him and accidentally shot themselves.

From the collection of The Comtesse DeSpair

(The 1887 Morbid Scrapbook)

Children Played Beside the Dead

Posted by – December 8, 2013

Latin Reader – March 24, 1895



Pathetic Side of a Horrible Murder and Suicide.

Toronto, Ont., March 24.—A shocking murder and suicide startled the residents of Jarvis street this morning. The victims were John Bell and Sarah Swallow. They had been living as man and wife and were found dead in bed this morning, the heads of both almost severed from the bodies. The woman was evidently killed by her paramour, who had then immediately slain himself.

In one corner of the room, where the bodies were discovered, a couple of little children, 4 and 6 years old, were found on a cot playing with picture blocks, unconscious of the horror in the bed adjacent to them. They were the children of the woman’s dead husband.

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Beat Out a Brother’s Brains

Posted by – December 8, 2013

Latin Reader – March 19, 1895



Made a Maniac by Seeing His Wife Knocked Down.

Bangor, Me., March 19.
A shocking case of fratricide occurred in North Cannel, about ten miles from here, last night. Edward and Charles Thompson brothers, lived together (Charles being married) at the farm. Edward had been drinking lately and was in a quarrelsome mood. Yesterday the brothers became involved in a quarrel, and the wife of Charles tried to separate them by throwing her arms around the neck of Edward, who released his hold on his brother and attacked the wife, knocking her down, breaking her fingers and inflicting other injuries.

The screams of his wife turned Charles into a perfect maniac, and, seizing a billet of wood, he struck his brother over the head, fracturing his skull, and continued to beat him over the head until his brains ran out in a mass on the floor. The wife ran and gave the alarm. Charles was arrested and brought to this city and locked up.

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Burned Alive

Posted by – November 17, 2013

Steele Scrapbook – May 19, 1885

Note the typo in the title… It should say, “Buried Alive”.


PETERSBURG, Va., May 19.—The exhumation of the body of Samuel Stokes, of Blacks and Whites, Nottaway county, who was supposed to have been murdered, leads to the belief that he was buried alive, while unconscious from a blow on the head. Henry and Lizzie Stokes, colored, father and mother of the dead man, have been arrested on suspicion of having murdered him.


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Shot His Mother

Posted by – November 17, 2013

Steele Scrapbook – September 9, 1885


Shot His Mother.

PITTSBURG, Sept. 9—A peculiarly distressing accident occurred about 7 o’clock this morning at the suburban residence of James T. McIntosh, a well known merchant, located about five miles from the city. A son of Mr. McIntosh, aged about twenty-three years, was in the act of shooting a cat, when his mother stepped in front of the animal. The bullet struck her on the back of the head, and she fell to the ground unconscious. The wound is considered fatal, although she was still living at noon. The young man was crazed with grief, and attempted to commit suicide.


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Shot His Father Dead

Posted by – November 17, 2013

February 2, 1892


The Old Gentleman Struck His Wife and the Young Man Killed Him.

SAVANNAH, Ga., Feb 2.—David Porter, Deputy Collector of Customs at Savannah, was shot and killed by his sixteen-year-old son at one o’clock this morning at Porter’s residence. Porter went home late under the influence of liquor, and being chided by his wife, struck her. His daughter interfered, and then young Porter ran to a bureau, and pulling out a loaded revolver fired at his father. The father turned on the son and they fell on the floor together.

In the struggle for the pistol young Porter shot twice again, the last shot penetrating his father’s breast near the heart. He staggered to his feet and into the next room, and fell into a rocking-chair and died. The son ran into the street and called to a neighbor that he had shot his father. He then summoned the family physician, and after that walked to police headquarters and surrendered.


From the collection of The Comtesse DeSpair
(The 1892 Morbid Scrapbook

Said He Murdered His Father

Posted by – November 17, 2013

Steele Scrapbook – January 17, 1886



SAULT STE MARIE, Mich., Jan.17—A year ago Silas Coulter, a wealthy farmer living near here, was murdered. Suspicion pointed to his son William, with whom he had not been on good terms for several years, and the young man was arrested and tried for the killing. The trial resulted in the acquittal of the son. Friday night the son at a revival meeting of the Free Methodists professed religion and confessed that he murdered his father. He was arrested.


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