WITNESSES DISAPPEAR IN VERMILYA POISONING
CASE; FIRE ALARM MAY CAUSE WOMAN'S DEATH
Mrs. Hazel West Brinkamp
Rhea, divorced wife of Frank
Brinkamp, son of Mrs. Louise
Vermilya, has disappeared.
Mrs. Vermilya so suffered from
shock attendant on the discovery
of fire near the county jail this
morning that she now is in se
rious condition and her life is
These are the two most im
portant developments of the day
in the Vermilya poisoning case.
Mrs. Rhea was an important
witness in the case. She has re
married since her divorce from
'Frank Brinkamp. Her address is
4445 North Artesian avenue.
She has not been home for two
days. Detectives have been
searching everywhere for her.
jThey have no clue to her where-
It was Mrs. Rhea who gave to
the police the most important of
the alleged deathbed statements
s.pf Frank Brinkamp. That state-
ment was :
"Frank was dying.
"Mrs. Vermilya handed her son
a glass of water. But he pushed
it aside. He said:
' " 'No. There is something
wrpng with that. I am going the
same way my stepfather did, and
that Boysen will soon chuck me
'into a rough box and haul me
away in his wagon."
Every effort will be made by
the police to find out where Mrs.
JRhea has gone to.
Mrs. Vermilya suffered a se
vere relapse soon after the"alani
of fire that rang through the jail
She is suffering from heart dis
ease as well as the effects of the
arsenic sne swauowea a weeK ago
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for her life are entertained by the
physicians in attendance upon
On account of her illness the
inquest over the body of Police
man Arthur Bissonette, with
whose murder Mrs. Vermilya eis
charged, will probably be post
poned. It was to have been held
Friday at 10 o'clock a. m.
Elizabeth Cameron, one of the
nurses who attended Frank Brin
kamp in his last illness, has made
a statement to the police. The
statement is a disappointment to
the authorities. It in no way im
plicates Mrs. Vermilya. Miss
Cameron's statement follows :
"I was in constant attendance
on Frank Brinkamp during his
illness except on two occasions
when I was relieved by other
"Mrs. Vermilya, his mother,
was there constantly. She ap
peared to be much grieved fay her
"There was nothing to arouse
"He sometimes refused water.
But that was when he was delir
ious and thought it was water
from a Virginia well from which
he thought he contracted typhoid
"His symptoms were those of "
malaria following on Jtvphoid, .
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