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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 04, 1913, Image 6

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RICH WOODLAWN MERCHANT IS
killed by His Wife
Wife Confesses Dead Mart's Brother
Says Another Man Is the
Murderer.
John B. Van Keiiren, a wealthy
Wedtflawii merchant, was shot to
death today at the home of his wife,
8tf E. (Jlst street
Sirs. Louise Van Keuren, the wife,
told the police she shot her husband,
thinking' fee was a tmrglar.
H. B. Van Keuren, brother of the
dead man, declared a man struggling
to escape from the apartment com
mitted tire murder.
George Penrose, a jeweler, 61sf
street and Cottage Grove avenue,
was -arrested following the brother's
charge.
.When Penrose was taken to the
Woodiawn police station H. E. Van
Keuren attempted to attack, him, but
waS restrained by 'detectives.
"I'd kfll him now if I had a gun,"
sliouted Van Keuren.
Yan Keuren declared his brother
had -been separated from his wife
since March 19, when they quarreled
over Penrose.
4iTwo detectives have been watch
ing the flat since my hrother left,"
said. Van Keuren.
"'This morning they saw a man en
ter -Ore flat They , sent for my
brother. When he arrived he went
up to the front doof with one -detective,
the other going the back
way.
"The -man was cornered and tried
to fight his way out. That is how my
brother waskillecL"
Penrose admitted having been in
the fat, but said he left when Van
Keuren knocked at the door.
"Mrs. Van Keuren came to my
store yesterday and said aha wanted
same china matched" said Penrose,
"I told her I would look at her china
after I "Closed the store. I wentabout
JliZO. tt :was about U.&9 SSgn fj
KTC llr&Ve'SnWRSra. Van Keuren
for years. There' 3s hbthing ques
tionable In t)ur relations.
"I left when I heard a knock, at'
the door. I thought it was senie,
of Mrs. Van Keuren's friends cbm
ing in, so I took my hat and weiit
out the back way, home."
Penrose was found at his home.
He did not seem disturbed at his ar
rest, and went to the station will
ingly with policemen.
Capt. Alcoek of thfe WoodlaWn sta
tion questioned Mrs, Van Keuren
about Penrose's visit.
"I won't answer," she regliedi
"My lawyer told me not to talk. I
have told you all there was to tell.
I thought my husband was a burg
lar?' Capt Alcoek said he did hot be-:
lieve the woman wa& telling the"
truth about the shooting. She was
confronted by Penrose Bat Still re
fused to talk.
The "story of Mrs. D. Saroji, 'Who
lives on the first floor of the "aparb-xfient-,
was corroborative of Sirs.
Keuren's account of the shooting.
"There Was a row, and I heard thd ,
tinkle of broken glass," said Ml$,
Saron. "That was about 1 o'clock.
The scuffle went on, and then canfe
the shot"
Mrs. Van, Keuren also declared
some time elapsed between the timS
the door was broken In and fine fifed
theshojt. ,
"I heard a noise at the -door , the
widow told the police after being ar
rested. "It sounded as th6ugh some'
one was knocking. 1 went to the
door and asked: 'Who's there?'
There was no answer. s
"1 waited a moment and the knock
ing was renewed It was dark and I
was afraid to open the dotrf. The per
son on the other sue began to shove
and push, attempting to force It in.
The upper part of ths doorts of glass.
"I ran for my revolver.
"I heard a crash of breaking glass,
and saw the head and-arms of a man
protrude through the jjreak in th
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