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BALTIMORE HEIRESS, BRIDE-TO-BE,' SLAIN HERE
Sophia Singer, Baltimore heir
ess, was murdered in a rooming
house at 3229 Indiana avenue
sometime between 7 and9 o'clock
The police are looking for
Charles D. Conway, one-legged
high diver, and Beatrice Rydell,
alias Rae Ryallalies Mae Monte,
a variety actress.
William R. Warthen, who says
that he was to-have been married
to Miss Singer today, is held by
the police as a material witness.
The murder was particularly
brutal. Miss Singer's head was
crushed in, a towel was stuffed
into her mouth and another towel
bound about her face.
The police first believed that
Conway committed the murder
for the sake of. robbery. Forty
five dollars Miss Singer was
known ta have had arid jewelry
valued at $500 are missing.
But late today the suspicions
of the police turned toward the
Rydell woman, who is said to
have been jealous of Miss Sin
ger's connections with Conway,
and who is described as being
strong enough to have committed
Miss Singer left Baltimore
with Varthen some months ago.
It is not known if she came di
rectly to Chicago.
Miss Singer was to have inher
ited about $45,000 about a year
from now. Warffien says that his
marriage to her was to be kept a
secret until she got this money in
Warthen, Miss Singer, Con
way and the Rydell woman had
a suite of rooms at the Indiana
Last night, Warthen went out
for half an hour or so. When he
returned, he was met in the hall
by Miss May Seipp, a trained
nurse, and Mrs. McCarthy, land
lady of the rooming house.
"There is something queer up
there," said Miss Seipp.
The three went upstairs. They
found the room that had been oc
cupied by Warthen and Miss Sinr
ger in disorder, and the door of
Conway's room locked.
Warthen broke down the door,
and the body of Miss Singer,
bound in a comforter, was discov
ered. The police are confident that
they will soon have Conway and
the Rydell woman under arrest
within a few hours.
Conway is soon to have an
other operation performed on his N
leg, which has shown signs of
bloodpoisoning'.- He went to the
Provident hospital to have it done,
several days ago. Miss Singer
was going to pay for the oper
ation. At the hospital, Conway
saw a body being carried out of
one of the rooms. He turned5
sick, and would not have the oper- A
atmn performed then:
The physicians at the Provfc
dent hospital said today thaf.
Conway will have to have the
operation performed within the -next
few days, and i he police have,
notified all hospitals and sur