Thursday, June 5, 2014

Death By Train #22

Detroit Free Press, August 5, 1901
Trains caused the unhappy demise of dozens of Eloise patients and faculty through both accident and suicide. Altoona Zaltowski's was via the latter method and was seemingly unavoidable. She had attempted suicide on several occasions and was on tight watch. Not tightly enough though as she lounged on the lawn of the asylum on the evening of August 4, 1901 with her attendant Mrs. Proude. As the 7 PM Detroit, Ypsi & Ann Arbor rolled in Zaltowski sprung to meet it with Mrs. Proude in hot pursuit. Proude managed to grasp onto the manic woman's dress but it was to no avail as the train smashed her body beyond repair before she could be pulled to safety.

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