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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 29, 1912, Image 2',
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with fright and pain and begging
"I used to dream about that
face, and those terrible eyes at
night. I used to waken up and
see the face staring at-meput of
the darkness of my room.
"Then I would go out and get
drunk. And when I was drunk I
would weep for the boys I killed,
and would write postcards to the
families of the victims telling
where they could find the bodies.
"I saw the Josephs boy going
into a candy store that day. He
was very beautiful, and when he
came out I followed him.
"I bought a great box of candy
for him, and gave it tohim on
condition he come with me.
"The child trusted me abso
lutely. T lured him round behind
that old salopn there, and I-mur-dered
him and outraged him.
"I stripped his body naked
after he was dead, and shoved the
body into the cesspool of the sa
loon. I knew no "one ever came,
"Then I went out and got drunk
and caught a night train aray
from there Istayed drunk for a
month, and at the end of a month
I became frightened.
"I remembered that I had sent
several postcards. I did not re
member what I had said in them.
I only knew I had sent postcards
to the little boy's father from
Boston, New York and Chicago.
"So I went to the inebriates
home at Keswick, near Whiting,
N. J. I thought perhaps I would
be cured of the drink habit, and
that if I-did not drink I would be
clever enough to keep out of the
hands of the police.
"Now you have got me
through the postcards I'sent. I
am ready to pay the penalty."
Joseph Josephs was the 7-year-old
son of a Syrian grocer, of
Lackawanna, a steel suburb of
On the afternoon of October 12,
the father sent the boy to a candy
store. He was seen to enter the
candy store, and nothing was
heard of him afterwards.
The distracted father believed
his- boy kidnaped. He offered a
reward of $1,000 for his return, -and
promised that nothing would
be said about it.
There was no answer to the of
fer of a reward, and the father
then employed private detectives.
The private detectives and the
Lackawanna and Buffalo police
worked hand in hand.
The Josephs boy's disappear
ance was the climax of a series of
child murders and disappear
ances in and around Buffalo.
But no clue to what had hap
pened to the boy was uncovered.
Then, about the beginning of
vember, postcards began to pour
in upon the father.
The first ones were so badly
written that they were scarcely
All that could be made out was
something about the murder' of
The shock of the postcards fol
lowing on the disappearance of
her son, almost drove" Mrs. Jos
ephs insane. She has not left her