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cemetery,, bleak and drear, yith
manv tombstones. It is not a oic-
ture of any cemetery holding the
mortal remains of one dear to
Mrs. Vermilya. It is just a pic
ture sh,e picked up, and which she
took a fancy to.
, There is another picture of
Richard T. Smith, who once was
Patrolman Arthur Bissonette.
Will Louise Vermilya Ever Be
Tried for His Murder?
'engaged to Mrs. Vermilya, and
who died suddenly and myster
. iously. And- near this picture-is
one of Smith's tombstone.
- An undertaker, too, was one of
Mrs. Vermilya' closest asso
ciates. For over a -year, she was
."seen almost daily with Under
taker G. C. Boysen, the man -who
prepared the bodies of Smith and
of her first husband, Vermilya, for
It is these things that caused
Coroner-Hoffman ( to order that
Mrs. Vermilya, now in a barred
hospital room at the county jail,
to be examined by physicians for
traces of necophilism.,
"In no other way, can I ac
count for Mrs. Vermilya's ghoul
ish delight in the dead and in
things connected with death,"
Coroner Hoffman today.
"All that we have discovered O
in this connection has not been
made public yet. There are
scores of letters and postcards in
the possession of the police, be
longing to Mrs. Vermilya.
"And perhaps it is in these let
ters more than in any other way,
that the fascination of the dead
for this woman has been uncov-
"All through these letters and
postcards run the morbid strain
that is the surest indication of
There is another point in this
connection, too. Granted that
the police be correct in their
theories, unless Mrs. Vermilya be
a necrophilist, she deliberately
murdered nine persons.
And for what?
The police so far have been
able to point to no other mdtive
than that.of love of money.
Would love of , money "be great i
enough to move this woman to so
slay nine persons, every one of
whom loved her, or was loved by U1
, The idea ' is monstrous, and
Coroner Hoffman again points t6
the workings of necrophilism. '
"Necrophilism in an advanced
stage leads the sufferer to mur
der those near, and dear to her: