Monday, June 17, 2013

Unsound Mind?

I have nothing original on tap today to speak of (well, I could give you the incredibly longer version as to why I was sick for two days last week, but why gross you out on a Monday), which is directly related to that short little sentence in the parentheses. So for your amusement please check out this tiny little news story from the September 14, 1927 edition of the Manchester Herald.


Feared his Brother-in-Law Would Return Home To Murder Him.

Elmira, NY: Tragic and violent death with had alrady shocked the countryside near here with the double murder of two state troopers, had struck again today and George Miller* of Sullivanville, lies dead, a self slain victim of terror.

Miller, who blew his brains out with a shotgun, was a brother-in-law of the fugitive Wilmot Wagner, sought in two states as the murderer of State Troopers Robert Roy and Arnold Rasmussen.

Breaking after a five day vigil during which time he constantly stood on guard over his home, evidently fearing the return of his brother-in-law, Miller killed himslef in a moment of dispair, his relatives believe.

Since the murder of the two troopers who were slain when they attempted to arrest Wagner on a petty larceny charge, Miller has sat day and night with a shotgun across his knees. It is believed the crime committed by his brother-in-law had unsettled his mind.

"I'll get him before he returns and gets me," he was siad to have exclaimed. Relatives are at a loss to account for his fear.

Meanwhile, an enlarged posse continued their search of the New York and Pennsylvania border section for some trace of Wagner.
*A co-worker originally found this news story and found it incredibly funny that the person who ate his gun had the same name as myself, so he printed it out and gave it to me. So apparently I'm a doppelganger from 1927. Yes, we collectively had an extremely black and twisted sense of humor back in the day. Remind me to tell you about it some day, if you think you can handle it.


  1. I was waiting to read that your brother-in-law had given it to you...

  2. M: Back then, I hardly knew either one of my brother-in-laws, and I doubt either one of them, then or now, could put two and two together like that.

  3. I was about to comment - how in the world did you find that? And then I see. :)

  4. Lynn: Some things are meant to be unfound sometimes. :D


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