Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
GERTRUDE -PATTERSON- ACGUSEDVOF HAVING- BEEtt
WOMAN' OF STJ LOUIS UNDERWORLD IN 1901.
' DenverHColo,.rN5v."24. -For
tyo days, Gertrude, Gibson .Pat
terson, on trial for the murder of
her husband;, "Chick" -Patterson,
has been telling her jjtbry to the
jury, wtiictfanust Judge of her
guilt or innocence..
She has 'drawn for' that jury, a
pjtifuTpieture 6i wifely-servitude
to a degenerate husband ;whose
deraandthat she satrificeall that
"is most -dear .to a woman; drove
he to desperation and to the
slaying of her husband. ' - - i
And new. evidence arrived 'in
Denver today -that, may utterly
destroy that 'picture',." that may
make' Gertnide. Patterson's story
The'new Evidence. came in .the
form of ' a- letter- from Chief of
Pojice Young: nof St. Louis to
Chief of police"' Armstrong of
JCJenvejv'V ., " ' .
.- THaYilttefys'tfiat Gertrude
K$tftt$m jjh'& z woman of
the SLVuisufldemorld: .'
" Itwsa'ys tht-she w&s known
therVas GertrudeKnight, and
that, she, with" aj-woman who
passed, as her sister,- was pro
prietress! of qne. of the most no
torious resort's "in5 St; Louis. I
It says that 'Thomas Mahori
formerly head of the "morality"
squad of St. - Louis, - and now
house detective at "the. Hotel Jef
ferson,' has fecogm'zed a photo
graph of Mrs. Patterson, taken
in Denver' by the Bertillon sys
tem, as that of Gertrude Knight.
If says-that a .former associate
of Gertrude Knight, a- woman
hamed May Brown, also hasjrec
TheVesorVin question is die
one that formerly was situated
at 2018 Chestnut sf ree,t, St. Louis.
Itbecame - notorious in 1901
througffthe suicide there of 'a
young.man named Edward Alex
ander. ' : - ''
Alexander was" found "dead in
the Chestnut " street '-place Au
gust ' 12, 1901. An. autopsy
Slowed he had tiied of morphine
poisoriingl ". ! ' , .
-? The" police arrested May Cup
pies, one of the inmates .of the
house; n and,, indicted her on a
charge of'deliberately assisting
ano'the .in. committing self raur-
derJ' vShe was acquitted in 1902. '
And it is of this resort that
hief of Police Young says Ger
trude Gibson Patterson was part
.KXhief-of-Police Young of St
Louis:beable. tcprdve his state
ments) the wholelstory that Mm.
Patterson now is building so
carefully. 'as principal witness for
herself, -will be of no ..avail.
F6 the" .whole essence of her
story is that she was ah innocent
woman or 'at least a woman
who" was the J victim of circum
stances, up to. the time .she jnetT
and married Charles 'A: Patter?
son hY'1905: ' "
Mrs. Patterson has told heo
story.well. She has borne a pec
uliarly childlikeiook on the stand,
which visibly has impressed the
jury. ' ' .,
The prosecution claims that'll
-.. -J- ---1 A ...- S-1l-l-umMmIJtiia