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tiful scenery that Europe has to of
fer, they found a villa.
But they quarreled. Her temper
could not be governed; foul names,
oaths and the talk of sailors poured
from her lips, many times each day.
About her past Porter Charlton had
known little; now he found her more
worldly wise and bespotted than any
jnan, perhaps, that he had ever met.
At least they quarreled many times
' They bad few visitors and seemed
to care little about associating with
others. An exception, however, was
made in the case of Constantino Ispo
latoff, a handsome Russian who was
a frequent guest at the villa. The
Italian police say that the Russian
was one of Mrs. Charlton's closest
friends, and hint at mote.
On the night of June 9 the Cbarl
tons quarreled again. For Charlton
tho limit of his endurance was
r ched; slie was sitting on the edge
of her bed. He, with a, statuette
a." .d "Love," struck her on the
head. After three blows she was
senseless. He thniBt her body into
a trunk and dragged the trunk out
doors and down to the shore of the
world-famous lake. He threw it from
the pier into the water.
Within three days he had taken a
steamer back to the United States,
full of terror, but thinking that the
murder was a secret On the very
same steamer on which he rode were
photographs of the scene of the mur
der being rushed to American news
papers, for fishermen had found the
trunk. When Porter Charlton alight
ed in Hoboken, across the river from
New York, detectives were waiting
He was blindly faithful to his vam
pire. And all he could say was:
"Yes, I killed her. She was the
best woman in the world to me."
HOW -ITALIAN GOVERNMENT
PROCEEDS WITH MURDERER
If Porter Charlton is surrendered.
to the Italian government the case
-will first go to a special court, whose
judges have much the same function
as a grand jury in this country.
Their indictment of Charlton will
be followed by his trial before a jury.
The jury, in its verdict, may report
extenuating circumstances, but the
sentence iB left entirely to the judge.
The maximum penalty for murder
such as Charlton committed Is soli
tary confinement in a dark cell, with
only bread and water. It is a medie
val punishment, and prisoners rarely
survive the ten-year ordeal, many of
them considering death by suicide
far preferable. Charlton, in addi
tion, is said to have tuberculosis.
Those who know declare that
"emotional Insanity" will be Charl
ton's plea when he is brought to
Insanity, as a defense in murder
cases, is as common in Italy as Amer
ica. If Charlton is adjudged insane
Italian officials declare that, in their
opinion, he will not be returned to
this country, but will be confined in
an asylum in Italy.
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