Victim of Murder and Shooting Tragedy Discovered By Daughter of Slain Woman Lying Close Together On Back Porch of City Residence

Enactment of a double tragedy in which Mrs. Fred Neil of Ashland, member of a prominent Klamath family, was shot to death and Ray Jillson, believed to be her murderer, died from a self inflicted bullet, occurred at one o’clock yesterday afternoon in the Neil residence in Ashland according to Ashland police. Jillson, 34, a member of a prominent Jackson county family, after sending four bullets through Mrs. Neil’s body then turned the gun on himself, death coming instantly.

Mrs. Neil was shot four times with a .38 Wesson revolver and from the effects of the bullets it is estimated by police that the two could not have been separated more than three feet when the shots were fired.

Three of the shots entered the body of Mrs. Neil, two shots, either of which would have proved fatal. The first shot entered the left breast above the heart and the second shot about an inch below the right ear.



During An Operation





Doctor Arrested as He Was About to Take a Train for Detroit.

Grand Rapids, Mich., June 24.—(Special.)—Miss E.M. Richards, a domestic whose home is at Middleville, died this afternoon at the Eagle hotel from the effects, it is alleged, of chloroform administered by C.T. Bennett, of Detroit. Dr. Bennett is about 55 years old and has an office at 38 Winder street, Detroit. He says that he is a graduate of the University of Michigan of the class of ’72 and that he is a regular practitioner. For the past eighteen years he has made a regular circuit about the state, making regular visits at Jackson, Coldwater, Adrian, Lapeer, Bay City, Owosso, Iona, Lansing, Marshall and Battle Creek, spending only about half of his time at home. He always made his headquarters in this city at the Eagle hotel. He treated diseases of women as a specialty and advertised extensively. His patients about the state had cards showing just what days in the year he would be at each place. He arrived in this city this morning and had a number of callers. This afternoon about 5 o’clock, just as he was about to pack his grip and leave for home, Miss Richards called. He says he treated her several times before for rectal trouble, once at her home in Middleville and twice in this city. She has been working in Platteville, Wis., since her last visit to him and when she called to-day she complained of feeling worse than ever. He at once decided an operation would be necessary. He had but one little room, a bedroom, in which he received his patients, and Miss Richards was told to lie upon the bed.

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Open Mouth in Open Court

And As A Result, Charles Rorick, The Front Street Barber, Was Cast Into A Cell.

After Jack Mausperger and Albert Marshall, two barbers who had altercation at Charles Rorick’s shop, on the levee yesterday, had testified, each claiming the other had assaulted him, Charles Rorick, who was in court much the worse for wear, arose and insisted on testifying in the case also.  Judge Scheid, nettled by this interference on the part of Rorick, ordered the offender locked up on a charge of drunkenness.  Mausperger, who was charged with disturbing the peace in the warrant sworn out by Marshall, was discharged.

Source:  Quincy Daily Journal, July 11, 1908.

Charges Dropped Against Otto Walling

Otto Walling, charged with receiving stolen property, knowing it to be stolen, has been under bond since last Spring. He was charged with a being a “fence” for a gang of horsethieves from Umatilla County, Oregon. A lot of horses stolen in Oregon were brought to Walling’s ranch and he traded them to Whitman County farmers. The horses were recovered. Six members of the gang with which Walling was charged with being connected, were sent to the penitentiary from Pendleton. Prosecuting Attorney Hanna dismissed the charge against Walling. The stockmen of western Whitman County were raising a fund to employ assistance for the Prosecuting Attorney when they heard of his action.

Source:  Portland Oregonian, November 28, 1903.

Motorist is ‘Pinched’ Then Praises Cops

C.L. Rorick, of Chicago, employed as a traveling salesman by a number of firms, praised the efficiency of the Muncie police department to Chief of Police McIlvane and Judge Ralph S. Gregory, in police headquarters, Thursday morning, fifteen minutes after he had been brought to headquarters by Detective Guffigan, who found him in charge of an automobile that displayed no state license.

“In all my travels with arat [sic] machine, this is the first time I have been stopped by an officer,” Rorick said in commenting on his detention. “I left Chicago April 19—two days after I bought the car—and since that time I have visited the leading cities of Indiana, which included Indianapolis, Crawfordsville, New Castle, Anderson, Richmond, Fort Wayne and Terre Haute, and not once did an officer throw up his hand to me asking that I stop.

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Bare Fake Name Given By Woman Fined In Crash

Investigation by Lincoln park police yesterday revealed that the woman who gave her name as Mary Cruise, 29 years old, 3431 Elaine place, when arrested early Wednesday after an automobile crash, is Marian Alberts, formerly of Davenport, Ia., and now living at 3431 Elaine Place. Miss Alberts was seized with Clark L. Rorick, 34 years old, 1044 Winona avenue, when their automobile crashed into a safety island at Diversey parkway and Halstead street.  She told police that she was the private secretary of Secretary of State William J. Stratton and threatened to “get their jobs.”

Miss Alberts was fined $25 Wednesday afternoon by Judge Joseph Graber, who sentenced Rorick to 90 days in the Bridewell for driving while intoxicated.  Rorick was allowed 10 days to perfect an appeal.

Captain James U. Sammis of the Lincoln park police investigated the matter yesterday on request of Miss Rose M. Cruise, 3423 Elaine place, who was employed in the office of the secretary of state when Louis L. Emmerson held the position.  He reported that Miss Alberts had given the name of Miss Cruise to shield her identity and changed his records to read that the woman arrested was Marian Alberts, alias Shannon, alias Cruise.

Source:  Chicago Tribune, November 18, 1931.

Dr. Bennett In Trouble

A Patient Died During an Operation from the Effects of Chloroform.

Dr. C.T. Bennett of Detroit, who is well known in this city, is under arrest in Grand Rapids and will probably have to answer to the charge of manslaughter. Miss E. Richards, whose home is at Middleville, died Saturday afternoon at the Eagle hotel, Grand Rapids, from the effects, it is alleged, of chloroform administered by Dr. Bennett.

That afternoon just as the doctor was about to pack his grip and leave for home Miss Richards called. He says he treated her several times before for rectal trouble, once at her home in Middleville and twice at Grand Rapids. She has been working in Plattsville, Wis., since her last visit to him and when she called Saturday she complained of feeling worse than ever. He at once decided an operation would be necessary. He had but one little room, a bedroom, in which he received his patients, and Miss Richards was told to lie upon the bed.

The doctor called in one of the chambermaids to assist him and gave the patient chloroform. He says he used no instruments and finished the operation in a few minutes. He was looking after the chloroform at the same time, and says that he had finished the operation when the patient suddenly ceased breathing. He saw at a glance that she was in danger and rushed out to the hotel office and asked the clerk to summon a doctor and bring him some brandy. Dr. D.S. Sinclair was called but when he arrived a few minutes later the woman was dead, and the coroner was notified.

Dr. Bennett had no explanation to make more than to state that he had graduated at Ann Arbor in 1872 and had practiced medicine ever since as a specialist in chronic diseases. He said that the death of his patient was simply a terrible accident and he was ready for an investigation that might be made and did not fear but that he would be exonerated.

The coroner, Dr. Luton, is quoted as saying: “I think this is the greatest outrage I ever heard of. I never knew in all my experience of a physician would attempt to administer the chloroform at the same time and in not taking the precaution to even loosen the woman’s clothing this doctor was certainly negligent. I believe he ought to be prosecuted.

The prosecuting attorney was called to the case and he at once ordered that Dr. Bennett be placed under arrest and held to await an investigation.

The inquest upon the death of Miss Richards, who died at Grand Rapids Saturday after undergoing an operation by Dr. C.T. Bennett was commenced Monday. The chambermaid who was called in to assist the doctor said that the woman’s collar and tie had been taken off, her waist opened, and that she wore no corsets.

This was contradicted a few minutes later, however, by Dr. Sinclair, the physician who was summoned by the clerk of the hotel. He said that when he arrived, the body of the woman was lying upon the bed, and that she wore a shirtwaist tightly buttoned, a standing collar and a white tie, all in place. Her skirt bands had not been loosened, and not a particle of her clothing had been removed. He himself removed her collar and tie and opened her waist. He also found that she not only had her corsets on, but they were tightly laced. After the inquest was adjourned Dr. Bennett was arraigned on a warrant charging him with murder in the first degree. He asked for an examination and it was set for June 29. An application for bail was refused. Dr. Bennett is very well known in this city. He has made regular visits here for the past fifteen years or more and consequently has a large circle of friends and acquaintances who will watch the outcome of his present trouble.

Source: Marshall Expounder, June 30, 1899.

Assaulted Little Girls

Adolph Anderson, Jerome Bonaparte Walling, and four other boys were in the Municipal Court yesterday, charged with criminal assault on four little girls at Sunnyside last week, when the girls were out in the woods picking blackberries. Three of the girls testified that Adolph was mostly to blame, and that the other boys only chased them. On the boys being examined, they all, except Walling, testified that Walling was to blame. Walling denied the charges, and testified: “The other boys are placing all the blame on me because I’m the smallest of the bunch.” He and Anderson were committed to the custody of the Boys’ and Girls’ Aid Society until the case is further investigated today, and the other boys were discharged.

Source: Portland Oregonian, August 27, 1901.  Jerome Walling was about ten years old at the time of this incident.

Ordered to Penitentiary

Realovis [sic] Walling, a young man of 20, who completely upset the town of Irrigon, in Morrow County, was ordered committed to the penitentiary for one year by Judge Frazer yesterday.  Walling was sentenced  November last on a larceny charge, and was paroled during good behavior. He was given work at Irrigon, and he associated  with a woman of bad repute, broke up the social dances and lodges and caused trouble generally.  Walling was once a vaudeville performer, and considers himself a ladies’ man. When he was paroled he was instructed by Judge Frazer to live as near as possible a perfect life until the term of his parole was completed.

Judge Frazer yesterday investigated the case, and decided that the charges against Walling of misconduct were true.

No mention is made of Walling having run Bennett, of Rabbitville fame, out of town, but the pencil pusher has, nevertheless, sold the Irrigator, and made his exit.

Source:  Salem Daily Journal, March 21, 1906.

Register Clerk Faces Trial On Theft Charge

Hillis Search Said to Have Stolen from Mails.

Arrested by Inspectors.

A hearing was held this afternoon before Charles W. Moores, United States commissioner, for Hillis Parker Search, age fifty-one, 715 East Fortieth street, who was arrested Saturday by Indianapolis police and held for the postoffice [sic] inspection department on a charge of stealing from the United States mail.  Inspectors A.P. Owen, H.H. Wasson and A.S. Kelly said Search confessed to them Saturday night he had been stealing from registered mail dispatches during his twenty-three years in the service of the government as a register clerk.

Search had been a register clerk on the Pittsburg & St. Louis railway postoffice for a number of years, and he had charge of registered mail between St. Louis and Columbus, O. The postoffice inspectors said numerous losses have been reported, which have been traced to his division of the railway mail service, and that the postoffice inspection department has been working for some time on the case.

On July 21, Inspectors Owen and Kelly went to St. Louis and placed certain test letters in the registered mail.  The letters contained money.  When the inspectors arrived in Indianapolis Saturday they learned from a private course that the test letters had been diverted from the proper course in the railway postoffice.  Search was then taken to the registry transfer office in Indianapolis and examination disclosed the contents of the test letters on his person.

Many articles of expensive clothing and some jewelry, which Search admitted having stolen from the registered mail, were recovered by the inspectors.  A shipment of fine imported French gloves and silk goods was found in his possession.

Source:  Indianapolis News, July 24, 1922.  Note that “post office” is consistently spelled as “postoffice” throughout the original article.