Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Death By Insanity

Detroit Free Press, November 22, 1899 (enlarge)
This story follows the script for the prototypical suspicious death investigation of a young woman: blame the spouse or boyfriend. Which her father did. Except that Annie Von de Weller had been confined to a padded cell at Eloise for the preceding two weeks and her would-be betrothed, Charles F. Schleiff, was banished from seeing her. Naturally, he was arrested anyway.

I'm not sure of the exact spelling of the family's surname but old Cornelius couldn't possibly blame young Schleiff when his son John also went batty a few years later at the Saginaw Asylum. He, also being an Eloise alumni.

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