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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 18, 1912, Image 19

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By Marien E. Pew.
Chapter DX
"On' Oct 10, 1912, in the after
noon, Rev. Clarence Richeson
took his first step to execute his
vile murder design, long and, care
fully planned He bought at
Hahn's drug store, Newton Cen
jter, Mass., -a quantity of cyanide
of potassium, deadliest of pois
ons. He lied to Hahn, but over
acted the part. He said he had a
dog with puppies that he wanted
to kill.
''I knew Richeson well from
his .student days," saysrHahn. "I
told him that I didn't know he
had a dog and then he promptly
gave a description of the animal.
When I gave him cyanide of pot
assium I warned him I'd given
him enough to kill two or three
-dogs. ,
"I put the crystals in a paper
and was. about to do them up;
when he said, -You'd better put
in some more,' and so I added
two or three chunks. I gave him
t enough 'to kill 10 persons.
"As he took the package he
said, Yod will receive an invita
tion to my "wedding and I don't
,want you to fail to come,' and
then he added:
" 'This may seem very myster
ious to you, but can you keep a
'secret? I don't wantanybne to
know I have bought this poison.
I would not want people to know
'that I killed a dog.' With that
he went away."
Just the sort of statement that
would make a man suspicious!
When Hahn saw Richeson's
name published in connection
with the supposed suicide of Avis
Linnell, he telephoned the police.
On his evidence Richeson was ar
rested. After Ricliesoft had the poison
,for two days, on Saturday after
noon, Oct. 14, he lunched with
Avis at a Back Bay restaurant
There, over their coffee cups,
Richeson convinced the girl that
he had found means to prevent
approaching embarrassment
He put intQ her hands a gela
tine capsule, supposed to contain
a harmless drug, but "which, in
fact, Sheathed crystal ihat would
cause death almost as quickly as
the flash of electricity which will
kill Richeson himself in the death
chair Monday.
She believejd'shewas his secret
but lawful wife. lJhe,Boston po
lice say thai sljetoolt the drug in
faith that he Would later right
the Wrong and because she loved
him and naturally obeyed.
Avis left Richeson between 2
and 3 o'clock, returning to the
Y. W. C A. She told her friends
that she'liad dined with Richeson.
After supper there was some mu
sic and Avis sang. Then she went
to her room.. .
At 7 o'clock moans, were heard
in the bathroom.' Avis was found
leaning back in a cfjair uncon
scious. -Her feet were in the
bathtub, whieh was partly filled
with hot water. At her side lay
some fresh clothes, and a towel.
She died in 25 minutes. Paraly
lJL. I . . ' JH

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