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MUCH MYSTERY IN DEATH OF MAN WHO SHOT
MORGAN SHOT SELF OR LEAPED TO DEATH?
Mineola, N. Y., July 7. Frank
Holt, who attempted to assassinate
J. Pierpont Morgan, Jr., to stop the
furnishing of ammunition to the
allies, and who has been partially
identified as Prof. Erich Muenter, al
leged wife murderer, committed sui
cide in his cell in the Nassau county
jail last night. It was his second
suicidal attempt in 24 hours.
Considerable mystery surrounds
the method of Holt's suicide. It is
now declared he killed himself by
climbing through the opening at the
top of his cell and plunging head
down to the floor below, where his
skull was crushed. At first, how
ever, Holt's keeper said he was posi
tive the prisoner was killed in his
own cell where, he said, he found the
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had shot himself with a gun passed
to him by a visitor, and that he had
chewed a percussion cap.
Jeremiah O'Ryan, the keeper de
tailed to watch Holt, was absent from
the cell for a few minutes. He said
he was brought back by what sound
ed like the report of a gun and that
he found Holt's body in a pool of
blood in a corner of his cell. Later
he modified the statement and said
he found the body outside the cell.
Several others said they heard an
explosion, but Dr. Cleghorn, the jail
physician, and Warden Hulse said
there was no truth in this. Cleghorn
said Holt died of a hemorrhage of the
brain caused by a depressed fracture
or the skull.
On the floor of the cell a note was
found written on a sheet of yellow
paper and thought to have been writ
ten before Holt's first attempt at sui
cide in the morning. It read:
"My Dears I must write once
more. The more I think about it the
more I see the uselessness of living
under circumstances such as these. Unidentified man, 50, found dead in
Bring up the dear babies in the love tarn, Oak Park av. and Raven.
of God and man. God bless you, my
sweet Affectionately, Frank.
"P. S. All please pardon me for all
the heartache I have brought you.
Pray with me that the slaughter will
stop. My heart breaks. Goodby."
It is unlikely now that the mys
tery surrounding Holt will ever be
cleared up. His leap to the stone
flagging beneath his cell tier mutilat
ed his head, making it very improb
able that old friends of Muenter,
now on their way here, can identify
the peace fanatic and the wife-murderer
as the same man.
Holt's suicide came with the dis--covery
of one of the most important
clues in the case, the finding of a
cottage near Hicksville where Holt
had lived apparently for weeks and
constructed the bomb that partially
wrecked the capitol and practiced
shooting at a target for the Morgan
attack. From the Long Island cot
tage detectives traced Holt's black
trunk to a warehouse in Each 38th st
in which enough explosives to wreck
several blocks were found. Inspector
uagen of the Bureau of Combustibles
said that Holt must have been a stu
dent of bomb making for years.
J. P. Morgan is said to be progress
ing most favorably. He telephoned to
business associates yesterday.
John Pearson, 4, 2112 Addison, ran
away yesterday to go to Riverview.
Got lost. Found last night. Walked
Ogcials of Midway Gardens refus
ed to discuss delayed dividends of
company. $20,000 stolen from safe
Geo. Fullerton yesterday gave self
up to police and said he had embez
zled $800 from Kimball hotel at
Springfield, Mass. Said he had time
of life. Is broke.