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f CAMPBELL SAYS HE OR EDWARDS COULD
HAVE KILLED MRS. ALLEN
i Joliet, III., June 26. "Before God
Almighty, I did not kill Mrs. Allen.
I'm not insane. Wouldn't I know that
if I committed such a crime I would
be the first one suspected? Wasn't
k that just what I was there for, and
only that, to protect her? Why, I
knew it was worth my life all the
time if anything happened to her."
That-was the statement of "Chick
en Joe" Campbell today, held to
the grand jury charged with the mur
der of Mrs. Odette M. Allen, wife of
the warden, last Sunday morning.
Campbell was smuggled out of the
penitentiary yesterday and placed
under armed guard in the county
"I of all men in the penitentiary
had reason to be grateful to Mrs.
Allen," he cried, with tears in his
eyes. "Twice she went before the
pardon board and pleaded for my re
lease, and she told me only a week
ago that she thought I would be re
leased next month."
"If you didn't kill her, who did?"
was shot at him.
He hesitated and then replied slow
ly: "There are only two persons who
could have murdered her, myself and
Walter Edwards, No one could have
entered that room but Edwards and
me. If anyone else had entered she
would have screamed and ordered
him out. All she had to do was to
raise her hands and reach two bell
cords; one was my bell and the other
would have called the guards. No
stranger could have got near that bed
without plenty of persons coming to
f her aid."
Edwards' testimony was contradic
tory. He is the pantryman alleged
to have been in the room next to Mrs.
Allen's suite for twenty-five minutes
the morning the crime is supposed to
have been committed. He declared
that he talked to Keeper parkin 20
minutes after coming on duty at
5:50 o'clock. Larkin said the talk
covered five minutes. The crime is
believed to have zeen committed be
between 5:50 and 6:20 o'clock.
There is a growing belief here that
all the facts surrounding the death of
Mrs. Allen have not been brought out
Questions are being asked as to why
the friends of the warden who arriv
ed a short time after the finding of
Mrs. Allen's body should have so
earnestly discussed suicide when the
wound in the head precluded that
Why was there no complete post
mortem examination instead of a
mere superficial examination of the
wound in the head and none made of
the lungs or organs to determine
whether death waB from the blow, or
from the fire, or from some other
Why was Dr, Haldane Clemenson,
convict physician, the only aid call
ed in by Dr. Benson, particularly
.when Coroner's Physician Burmeist
er of Chicago, an expert on diagnos
ing causes of death, was in Joliet and
volunteered his services?
There is a strong belief and fear
that though Campbell may not be the
murderer of Mrs. Allen, the desire
that the murderer be punished may
result in the conviction of Campbell
against whom circumstantial evi
dence is strongest, without actual
proof that he committed the crime.
Warden Allen professes belief that
Campbell committed the crime. He
announced yesterday that he would
go back to the prison temporarily.
"I would not go back there as long
aB Campbell was there, because I be
lieve he killed my wife and I would
not trust myself in his presence," he
Analysis of the dirt scraped from
CamnbeU's hands the morning tha
murder was discovered showed no
traces of blood under Campbell's
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