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TRAGEDY ENACTED AT GRAVE
OF LITTLE BERKOVITZ BABY
Samuel Berkovitz, a tailor, 809 S.
Loornis street, shot his young and
beautiful wife twice through the body
and then tried to kill himself, at the
funeral of their six-months'-old baby
girl. Rose, yesterday.
Berkovitz is dying.of consumption.
The wife he married three years ago
and who bore him two children left
him last summer when she learned
The wife took the children with
her. And Berkovitz loved the- chil
dren. Gossips brought stories of his wife
"having good times" with other men
to Berkovitz some time ago.
Berkovitz, knowing himself dying,
could not blame her greatly. But he
feared that she was not looking after
his children the way she should.
The name most commonly linked
with that of the consumptive tailor's
beautiful wife by the gossips was
Brotsky was not dying of consump
tion. He was a strong, healthy man.
He was an old neighbor, an old friend,
an old sweetheart of Mrs. Berkovitz.
The stories about Mrs. Berkovitz
and Brosky became more common.
Berkovitz listened to them gravely,
shook his head over them, and said:
"I am afraid she will neglect the
Thursday night Berkovitz went to
his wife's mother home at 3221 W.
Brotsky was there. Berkovitz quar
reled with his wife. Brotsky laughed.
They came to Berkovitz and told
him that the baby had been born
while he was in the hospital, his beau
tiful little Rose, had died.
a i raid of it," he said, and
bought a revolver.
me funeral of Rose was held at
the Jewish cemetery at Forest Park
Berkovitz was not invited. But he
went, and he took the revolver with
He found his wife and Brotsky sit
ting on the bench together, far away
frqm the newly filled grave.
The face of the dying tailor became
so terrible that his wife dropped at his
Berkovitz drew the new revolver
and fired two shots into her bowed
Mrs. Greenberg, Mrs. Berkovitz
mother, stood as one in a daze.
Berkovitz turned the revolver to
his own head.
But he was not strong enough to
hold the irevolver steadily, and the
bullet plowed its way upwards, in
flicting only a nasty scalp wound.
Berkovitz dropped by his wife's
side, and the blood oozed from'the
wound of bqth and mingled on the
"I did not want to kill her," said
Berkovitz today. "I just wanted tq
disfigure her so other men would not
want her. She is the most beautiful
woman in the world, you know. I
made a mistake when I fired the bul
lets into her back. I should have
"You see the boy is left yet. I did
not want him to go the way Rosie
went for lack of motherly care. And
I was sure Bhe would not care for
him properly not so long as she was
beautiful and men sought her."
Mrs. Berkovitz, who is very weak,
gasped out her story today, too.
"He told me last summer he had
consumption. I was afraid. I was
young and beautiful and healthy.
Why should I go on living with him
and catch that horrible disease?;
"And it wasn't lack of my care that
killed his Rosie and is killing his boy
now. It's the seeds of the disease he
transmitted to them."
George Nurnberg, indicted yester
day with Mrs. Austa Dietz, for the
murder of eGorge Dietz, today fur-r
nish'ed bond in $15,000. Mrs. Dietz
telephoned the state's attorney she
would do so this afternoon.