Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1924 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
CRYSTAL GAZING AND FQISOft IN MURDER CASE
Equipped with a $500 crystal
ball, containing so she says a
tear dropped "from the eye of the
original Cleopatra, Mrs. Louise
G. Lindloff, spiritualist medium
and seeress, hopes to clear her
self of the charge of murdering
two husbands andthree of her
own children- '
Five members of Mrs. Lind
Joff's family have died in more or
less mysterious fashion in the
past seven years. Each carried
a life insurance policy naming
Mrs. Lindloff as sole beneficiary.
The five deaths netted the seer-
r- ess qiu,oou, .
j When her son Arthur died he
I other day, apparently of poison-
f ing, suspicions were awakened
that led to her arrest on charge of
k She took her preciouscrystal
jv ball with her to jail, and looked
f, - into it for the spirits of her dead.
She says that she has communis
L cated thus with Arthur, and that
yl he tells her she will be exonerat
es ed, but that she is unable to. get
in touch with her late "husband,
V Wjn. Lindhoff. However, she is
f- assured that Arthur will look him
fe - The doctor who attended Ar
thur was the first to suspect foul
play, He thought he 'detected
symptoms of poisoning. The
doctor he called into consulta
tion agreed with him- ' They had
the boy removed tp a hospital,
"but it was too late. He died in a
Then followed Mrs. LindlofFs
arrest, The subsequent inquiry
developed the fact that she had
collected insurance, not only on
the life of her son, but on the lives
of four other deceased relatives.
, She protested her innocence,
denying indignantly, that she'
ever kept poison in her house,
but the police, on searching "her
place, found there rat poison, a
box of mercurial poison and sev
eral other boxes labeled ''Poison."
But the accused puts her faith
in her magic crystal ball.
Through the "counsel" she gets
from the spirit world through this
ball, she- rests assured "that she
will be able to prove her inno
cence. Every day she gazes in
to its mysterious depths, and
reads, there "messages" touching,
Her latest information is that
she will be released before the
month is over. t
The police say that the magic
ball is common glass and is
worth intrinsically, about fifty
cents, but Mrs. Lindloff main
tains that she paid $500 f6r it,
and that its great value lies in the
queenly tear that lies at its heart.
"That one tear enables me to
read the future," she avers.
"When I gaze into the "ball I see
the tear at its center expand in
size, and within I see what will
come to pass in future years."
Psychologists explain that the
visions seen in such a crystal ball
are "waking dreams," and are
spun out of the "subsconscious
mind'' when the ordinary; com