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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 02, 1911, Image 8',
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bodies," said Blocks today.
"I do not know just what it
was about a dead body that so
fascinated her, that drew her so
powerfully that she outraged con
vention, but there was something
about handling a dead body that
she seemed actually to-enjoy.
"It began when her first hus
band died. I was the undertak
er. Mrs. Vermilya came to me,
and asked me to allow her to help
in preparing the body.
"Of cours, I could not refuse
a widow such a request as that
very well, although even then I
thought it strange.
"She helped with her husband's
body, and always after that she
was hanging about my place.
"Whenever she heard that
there was a new dead body in my
place she would com down right
away, and she would ask to help.
"After a time the fascination
seamed to grow upon her. She
got so she would race off to a
house in which a death had oc
curred the moment she heard
"She would tell the relatives
she was employed by me, and
would take immediate charge of
the body, handling it and prepar
ing it for burial.
"She revelled in the embalming
of a body," and even I, who am a
professional undertaker, do not
like that work-
"She told lots of people in
Harrington that she was employ
ed by me. And that was not true.
I never hired her. But I could
f not keep Her out of my pjaee.
mgy wife over it, too. She want
ed to know what that'Brinkamp
woman was always hanging
around me for. What could I say?
The thing nearly broke up my
home. Then she married Ver-
milva and didn't rnmp anv Tnnrc.
"T cannnt evnlain what Mrs.
Vermilya so liked to handle and
embal mbodies. I can only tell
what she used to do."
Mrs. Vermilya is as stoical as
ever. She is guarded night and
day "by two detectives, but she
seems utterly unmoved by their
presence m her home.
A report was circulated today
thai she attempted to end her
own life last night. This is not
true, and from the way she acts,
it is a thing she never has enter
tained a thought of.
It was discovered today that
Policeman Arthur Bisonette,
whom Mrs. Vermilya says was
enged to her, was engaged to Ly
dia Rivard, of Marshall, Minn., at
the time of his death.
The examination of the viscera
of Bisonette was completed to
day. The experts who made the
analysis of the contents of the
dead policeman's organs have not
yet turned in their report to the
On that report depends
whether Mrs. Vermilya shall be
arrested and charged wtih con
nection with Bisspnette's death,
or once more become a free wo
man, relieved of the constant po
lice guard that has surrounded
her since the beginning of the in
vestigation into the -chain of