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AN AD-LESS NEWSPAPER-COMPLETE WIRE
AND CABLENEWS REPORT OF UNITED PRESS
THE DAY BOOK
soa SO. PEORIA ST.
TEL. MONROE 353
VOL.2,N0.53 Chicago, Friday, Nov. 29, 1912 ONE CENT
J. FRANK HICKEY CONFESSES TO MURDER OF
JOSEPH JOSEPHS AND MICHAEL KRUCK
Buffalo, N. Y., Nov. 29. J.
Frank Ifrckey, scion of an old and
aristocratic Massachusetts fam
ily, ricn and polished has con
f essed to the murder of 7-year-old
Joseph Josephs at Lackawanna
and of 10-year-old Michael Kruck
in Central ParkN, Y.'
Hickey made-his confession to
DistricUUtorn'ey Wesley Dudley
here after a 24 hour third degree
The man is a 'degenerate. He
outraged iboth the children before
he chokea them to death with his
hare hands. "
When Hickey began his cqn
fesslon he shoved no emotion
whatsoever,' "but when he 'got
down to the actual details of th
murders he wept.
"It was drink that led me to
do it," he said. "Z finsjabecame a
drunkard, and the drinloitg made
me a degenerate. .
"When I first became a degen-'
erate, I was ashamed, horribly
ashamed. But afteratime my4
shame left me, and I gloried in my
"I was a. -degenerate for many
years before I ever becanie seized
with the desire to murder my vic
tims. ' y
"But after I got that homicidal
mania. I never lost it. I wanted
to kill every child I outraged, and
I wanted to do it with my bare
"I wats filled with remorse after
I killed the little New Yorkjnews
boy. He was my "first viGtim. I
stayed drunk for a long time after
"My 'remorse was even more
terrjble after I slewiihe littlfe
Josephs Jad to satisfy the de
mands $ toy terrjble lust
"I was- near to suicide many
times. Yet I always kept away
from that because I hoped some
time to forget. I suppose I was
too much df -a coward to kill my--self.
"My life has be'eri a hell since I
murdered the 'Josephs boy. I
could not forget. r could not for1
get what a little bpy he was ; nor
how his face looked "as I sjowly
choked him to death.
"He looked up into my face
with his big, dark eyes, starting
out of the sockets, and staring