Saturday, May 7, 2016

Always Winter But Never Christmas

The Detroit Free Press, December 26, 1907
I'm not one of the believers that mental illness is a condition of defective genetics. Most people afflicted with it have a series of traumatic events that lead to their penultimate episode of psychosis and a majority of those occur within the family circle. Thus, a dysfunctional parent passes along the learned ill-behavior to his or her children. Obviously, there are mitigating circumstances in all cases but that's my general belief on the matter.

While this story focuses on the troubled life of Maude Wentland and her Christmas morning suicide in 1907, my interest is in the father who died at the County House. The problem with that is barely a sentence or two save for a death certificate survives his life:


Which brings us back to Maud. I only found her while searching for Maude Roose. Seeing Miss Wentland's name attached to a suicide via carbolic acid prompted me to open the article to see if there was an Eloise connection. That answer is before you.

While I haven't read through all of the articles in the Justice Simpson matter it seems that he was accused of sexually assaulting several girls in his courtroom. Despite the fact that the incident supposedly took place in a matter of minutes while the constable was retrieving papers pertaining to the court and the plaintiffs and defendants were left alone.

The story does seem specious but there is also the matter that the several girls were portrayed as being loose, possibly even prostitutes, and social acquaintances of Simpson's at dancing establishments. Like I said, I didn't really go too far into the court case but since the judge was found guilty it's hard to imagine that some impropriety didn't occur.

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