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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 06, 1912, Image 13

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From noon yesterday until six
o'clock last night, they pl,eaded
with Pelletier for leniency for the
double murderer. Pelletier was as
adamant as the granite walls.,
St:,).
THE CONFESSION
. . To John L. Lee, William A.
Morse and Philip R. Dunbar:
Lrentlemen:
Deeply penitent for my sin
and earnestly desiring as far
as lies in my power, to make
atonement, I hereby confess
that I am guilty of the offense
for which I stand indicted.
In my mental anguish I rec-
ognize that there is still, by
the mercy.of the Master, some
remnant of the divine spark of
goodness lingering within me.
I can wish to live only be-
cause within some prison
walls I might, in some small
measure, redeem my sinful
past, help some other despair-
ing soul, and at last, find favor
with my God. "
I am moved to this confes-
sion by no inducement Of ben-
efit or leniency. Under the
lashing of remorse I have suf-
fered and am suffering the tor-
tures of the damned. In this I,
find some small measure of
comfort.
You are instructed to deliv-
er this to the district attorney
or to the udge of the court)
Sincerely vours,
(Signed)
Clarence V. T. Richeson
thrni, ff Richeson wished to
"change his mind" about his plea J
of -not guilty, he must do so in the w
full knowledge that at the end of
the story stood the chair of death.
"An eye for an eye ; a tooth for
a tooth," quoted Pelletier. "The
life of Richeson for the two lives
he took."
So they left him, but returned
today to plead once more for the
life of the man once honored and
respected as a minister of the
gospel, but now condemned to
death by his own mouth.
Pelletier could not be moved.
So, realizing that if they permit
ted Richeson to confess, the trial
judge might exercise the leniency
the prosecutor refused to show,
they made public his confession.
Clarence Virgil Thompson
Richeson, a handsome and dash
ing young Virginian, was pastor
of the little Baptist Church at
Hyannis, the Cape Cod village
where Avis Linnell was the reign
ing belle.
Richeson became engaged to
her. Then quarrelled with his
congregation, resigned, and ac
cepted the pastorate of the Im
manuel Baptist Church of Brook
line, a fashionable Boston dis
trict. There he met and became en
gaged to Violet Edmands, herseif
worth half a million dollars, apd
heir to the greater part of the
vast wealth of her father, Mo.scs
Grant Edmands.
He. kept Avis Linnell in igno
rance of his engagement to Vio
let Edmands. He induced the
little country girl to come tc Bos
ton "to study music." She told
persons there she was engaged to
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