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MOST SENSATIONAL MURDERER USED DEADLY
DISEASE GERMS TO KILL
By William C. Shepherd.
Frankfort-on-the-Main, Germany, Aug. 12. "I want some live germs of
typus tetanus and Asiatic cholera, fresh from human corpses."
Charles Hopf, a fencing master, sent this order by mail to a Berlin
laboratory, . using a fake letter liead to make it appear that he was a
scientist. " '
He has now confessed to the police that he mixed these germs with
raw chopped meat and fed them to his wife.
All Germany is a-shudder at the name of "Charles Hopf, wife poisoner."
Hopf made a day's work with the
nolice and he lolled on the cemetery
lawn in his chains while the police
exhumed the bodies of his first wife
and his baby."
I came to Frankfort to get the complete story, and if police suspicions are
true, Hopf, since 1902, has murdered:
1. His father, because he would give Hopf no money.
2. His mother, to get $6,000 which his father had left her.
3. Hi3 first wife, to get her life insurance of $3,500.
4. A six-weeks-old child .by his second wife, after giving disease germs
to the wife, also on whose life there was insurance for $20,000.
5. An illegitimate child.
And, to cap it all, he has confessed that he tried to murder his third"
wife with germs. Her life insurance was $15,000.