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MYSTERY OF DISSECTED BODY SOLVED-PRIEST
CONFESSES-TELLS STORY OF DEED . -
New York, Sept. 15. Possessed of
a double personality, deeply and sin
cerely religious in his saner moments,
seized with an Uncontrollable homi
cidal mania in the intervals when his
baser self comes' to the surface, or
clever, cunning, cloaking his licen
tiousness with a priest's garb, which
he may not have had the right to
wear, Hans Schmidt, connected with
St. Joseph's Catholic Church, con
fessed murderer of Anna Aumueller,
is a puzzle to physicians and police
From Louisville, Ky., where
Schmidt admits he lived for some
time, comes a report which may con
nect the priest with a 'second mur
der. Shortly after Schmidt left
Louisville, the body of a 9-year-old
girl was dug up in the basement of
St. John's parochial school
Police are tracing the movements
of the priest since he came to Amer
ica in 1907 tp see if the names of any
more women 'figure in his Hfe.
Every utterance" of Schmidt since
he was arrested yesterday points to
an unbalanced mind. For detectives
he demonstrated how he had slain
the girl for Tvhom he had furnished
a flat, and with whom ne had gone
through a mock marriage ceremony.
Calmly he illustrated how he had
dismembered the body; wrapped it in
brown paper, and attempted to de
stroy evidence of his crime.
With a shudder he went over the
events of the day when he offered up
Anna Aumueller as a sacrifice.' He
went through the motions of drink
ing her blood, a consummation of the
The sight sickened the hardened
policemen. Inspector Faurot dele
gated the questioning of the prisoner
to,asubordInate. He declared. he
could not control himself whentalk
ing to Schmidt. - .. '
Sitting calmly in his cell ia the
Tombs, Schmidt discussed the mur
der without a tremor. , ,
He hotlydenied he was'insane. Hp
refused a lawyer's assistance.
Schmidt would not call the murder
of the girl with whom he had lived
illicitly a crime.
She was a "sacrifice" demanded by
God, and he was, the instrument
chosen to exalt her soul. Back to the
days of Abraham he went for a prer
cedent. , v
He professes to care nothing fqr
the Jaw of man.
"You and I do not understand
this," he told a lawyer. "God and
Abraham only will .he able to clear
the matter up.. If. i' need a lawyer
God will send one to me. v
. "But my casej is beyond human aid.
I am content to receive the punish
ment that may 'be ordered."
As Father Schmidt was talking he
took a paper from the hand-of the
lawyer. On the front page was a
picture of the murdered girl. He
raised it to his lips and" kissed it
several times. Then he suddenly
handed it back, saying he "did not
like the taste of it."
He declared he had married the
girl "by command," performing the
marriage himself. Everything he
has. done, he says, was" done "by
command." A Wgher power directed
A physician who talked with the
murderer declared he was probably
suffering from a hallucination that he
was in communication with the spirit
Schmidt's statement to the police
is one of , the most remarkable and
weirdest stories ever told. Frequent
ly he refers to his patron- saint, St.
Elizabeth qf Hungary.
"I met" Anna Aumueller twp years
ago at the parish house of St. Boni
face church," he said. "She was a
servant. I became Infatuated -with
her. She wanted me to marry her
.,. , . . vl&&ss.