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MAN CONFESSES MURDER
OF DR. HELENEKNABE
Portsmouth N. H., April 2.
Seth Nichols, formerly a sailor on
the U. S. S. Dixie, last night con
fessed to the police here that he
murdered Dr. Helene Knabe, emi
nent Indiana physician and path
ologist, in her apartments at In
dianapolis on the night of Octo
ber 24, 19U.
Nichols was in jail here on a
charge bf carrying concealed
"Weapons. He had threatened' a
bartender with a revolver. The
punishment for" this in this state
may be fro mthree to six years
in jail. , ' N
Nichols said that he was paid
$1,500 to commit the murder by a
man named Knight, with whom
he had been drinking, He told
the story of the murder in detail.
But despite a) lthe detail, and
despite the fact that it is known
that Nichols was in Indianapolis
on the night of the murder, there
is much doubt if hsi story be true.
The doubt is born of; these facts:
Nichols says he does not know
the first name of the man Knight
whom he says paid him to commit
Nichols does not explain what
motive Knight had in getting the
murder committed. Ie says he
did not ask Knight what his mo
Knight is the name, by mar
riage, of Nichol's own aunt, who
resides in Indianapolis, where the
crime was committed.
Nichols' aunt, Mrs. William
Knight has wired the authorities
here that her nephew is siibject
to periods during which he is not
in his right mind.
Nichols says that the man
Knight who paid his to commit
the murder, accompanied him to
Dr. Knabe's apartment, and
watched the actual murder.
Nichols own foster mother says
he has been mentally unbalanced
ever since he was four yeaTs old.
Nichols repeated his extraord
inary confession today. It is as
"I first met Knight in New
York, when I was still on the
Dixie. I met him-again in Octo
ber at the Washington skating
rink in ,Indiahapolis. He and I
got friendly. We used to drink
together a lot.
"About the beginning of Oct
ber, Knight asked me one night
if I would do a job for him. I
asked him what the job was. He
said he wanted to see a woman
murdered. He said he would give
me $1,500 for it.
"I" was pressed for money at
the time. Bill collectors were
worrying me. I said I would do
"Knight told me he would
make all the arrangements. He
"He came with me that night.
We hid together in the building,
where the woman lived. When
night came, we went to her apart
ment. Knight seemed to know
all ahout the house. He opened
the door of the apartment with
out difficulty, and we went in.
"Then we' went into the bed
room. She was lying in bed. Ther
covers did not 'reach to her