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Suspect Held by Police, but No Evi
dence Is Discovered That Explains
Circumstances of Dastardly Deed
DETECTIVES SEEK IN VAIN FOR A CLEW TO IDENTITY
OF THE FIEND WHO MURDERED YOUNG ROBERT C. HISLOP
AND THE MOTIVE FOR THE CRIME IS EQUALLY UNFATHOMED
PRICE, FIVE CENTS.
SAN FRANCISCO; ;MA^Y^ 27^ 1901.
VOLUME LXXXIX-NO. 178.
MYSTERY BAFFLES DETECTIVES.
/ ~T HE murder of young Hislop was one of the most fiendish
**¦ pieces of butchery ever brought to the attention of this'de
partment. The sight of the dead lad, shortly after tlie \
crime, eclipsed anything I have ever seen, when his youth and
helplessness is taken into consideration.
"I cannot state what are the chances of capturing the as
sassin. The suspect zue how have is lacking in the nerve it would
require to do so terrible a deed. Still, we will not release him un
til we are satisfied that he is absolutely guiltless. The crime zvas
committed by some one with whom the lad was acquainted. That
much Jias been established. Fear of exposure prompted the deed
tliat was executed by a bend. If the murderer came to commit
burglary, which I think he did; he was clumsy at his business.
Bui he may have come for some other purpose, and therein lies
the mystery. Whatever transpired that night was known only to
the victim whose lips are forever silenced, and his slayer." —
Opinion of Captain John Seymour, Chief of Detectives.
Continued on Second Fag*. ,
MURDER RECALLS SIMILAR MYSTERIES.
THE brutal killing of young/Hislop by some unknown/flend. re calls the mysterious murders of 1
Eugene Ware and Miss Harrington in this city severdi years ago. In both these cases the police
were unable to get even the faintest clew to the asjfessins. > ' . . .! V ; '
Ware was a clerk in the Sfc ; Nicholas pharmacy/on- Market street. One morning , he Was
found murdered, having been stabbed no lessthan Ifrenty! times. All the available police talent
was employed on the case, but not the slightest clow^was *>und which would tend to unravel the mys
tery. The detectives who worked on the case were always iifclined to beliove that the fiendish, crime was
committed by a morphine fiend, v: hose cravings for the, drfg ; made him desperate. ' '
Miss Harrington was foully murdered by some unknfwn fiend while she was asleep in her flat on
Ellis street. After killing her the murderer -set fire to, ttt house in the hope of destroying the evidence
of his dastardly crime. Ex-Chief of Police Lees, who wasthen'in charge of the detective department,
learning that ex-Senator Buck had been a friend of the rfirdered woman, sent a detective to bring him to
his office. Buck lived in Oakland, and when told the mis/on of the detective, he jumped- into a cart
and started to drive to the train. On the way he was thrjwn out, breaking his neck. / ..
In many respects the killing of Miss Harrington riembles the mysterious murder of young Hislop,
except that the house in which the latter met his deatif was not set on fire. Like Hislop, the'unfortu
nate woman was alone when the unknown fiend enteredfthe house and murdered her.
From tne beginning of the search after
clew's it was pointed out that no burglar
except the merest tyro would have killed
the boy under such conditions: It would
have sufficed to have choked him Into in
sensibility and have left him 'bound and
gagged, and being In no danger from the
boy's attack a burd f would ' have re
frained from murderJ' . \ ¦ ;
'.- No or othucjiolsej'was heard in
the HJslop home by fVe women. living in
the flat below until ne parents returned
and discovered' the cjme. j '
Lights were left liming in several
rooms,, and many: circumstances Indicate
the murderer's familiarity; with the prem
ises and knowledge' that he. was tempora
rily safe from 'molestation. ¦,— ;.
Herman Lutchard/a' Norwegian butcher
who formerly roomed at the Hlslop' home,
is held at - the City Prison as a" suspect,
FOUL murder In most atrocious
form was done Saturday night
and the best detective skill of
the police force has been at
work constantly since the crime
was discovered without obtain
ing the slightest satisfactory clew either
to the murderer's identity or the motive
that prompted the horrible deed.
Some fiend incarnate stole upon 13-year
old Robert Hislop as he lay in bed. his
mother's kiss fresh upon his lips and the
coverlet snugly about him. tucked in by
her loving hands. Blows were aimed at
his head with desperate strength, and not
content merely to strike a fatal blow the
monPter in human form slashed at the
boyish face with a knife, until nearly a
ecore of wounds had been inflicted. This
as the boy lay with his face away from
his cowardly assailant.
Bo much lies on the surface and Is
patent to every searching detective. But
the motive? What prompted the mur
derer to strike the blows that robbed the
harmless boy of life? Who is the monster
and what was his purpose?
, No answer except merest theory has
been given to these questions. Robbery,
It now seems -certain, did not prompt the'
deed. No valuables were taken from the
house so far as can be ascertained, and
all the circumstances indicate that some
other purpose *purred on the murderer to
bis unspeakable crime.
/ : • . ¦ ¦ . ,¦ ji - ; —
SCENES AND FEATURES OF MYSTERIOUS CRIME AND SUSPECT WHO IS HELD IN CUSTODY.
OF THE MURDERER
Host, Fiendish Deed Since the Slaying:
: .. f of /the Two". Girls,! Blanche '
: Lamont and Minnie
The most atrocious J crime ¦ to come ¦ to
light'- In Ban • Francisco .""since the . bodiss
of i Blanche Lamont - and Minnie Williams
were discovered In the. belfry of. a church,
reeks. with mystery yet unsolved.' Robert!
C.' Hlslop Jr., the 13-year-old son of a mer
chant, was murdered In his bed, In a man
ner, brutal . bey6nd x descrfption. His death
' was the^ work • of • a* fiend . whose passion
was not',, satiated '. when ' his boyish 'victim
lay Insensible and gasping from the heavy
blows ' of *a",hatchet,,'but' who mercilessly
wielded? a knife, ''lnnlctingr, wounds that
horriblyjdisflgured- tbe> young ; face , after
;the, fatal blows ; had .been struck., ;*
¦ There ¦have "¦', been- '. crimes 'of this . kind
committed - in ¦ the, past," ibut , fortunately
they • have .. been u few:, \ •, The • police • have
found ; them . in r the ' dingy :•. basements : of
Mongolian -quarters '¦* where ' highbinders,
devoid of sensibility, do dark deed3 to "cbl
lect^aYnilseriyf pittance } of ; blood / money,' .
but seldom fare found ' heartless: wretches
equal to the crime of taking a human' life :
in V the * fiendish ' fashion ¦ that ¦".' lends ' ; hor- '¦
rible i details ' to I the 1 murder 'of I Saturday
nightly v : -;.;..--.--::i,;:...-^ :--:."
but; evidence Is lacking . beyond some
peculiar ¦„ circumstances to connect' him
with the crime. . '.;'".•,;,
Whether the, deed was the work of an
enemy of the parents, seeking revenge,
of a. burglar; recognized by the boy and
fearing" arrest, of some insane wanderer
or of a monster., in human" form is as
much' of a mystery as it was at'thebe
ginning of the detectives' search. V :
-^» APTAIN SEYMOUR had Detec
•' M. . tives' : Edward Gibson, Wren,
; '.^? ¦: ' pinan, Reynolds . and Riordan
running down various clews last
• -7^^ night, but at midnight they were
as' far 'away from a solution of
the mystery of the murderer and
hip motive as they were when they
"It is a hard case," remarked the head
of the- .detective department, "but I have
hopes that we will ultimately fasten the
crime on the right man. .Lutchard tells a
straight story. . but he is* so densely ig
-norant It Is difficult for him to explain
away^ the circumstances that' point to him
a*. the, murderer. Thus far I have .been
unable" to find . any evidence* which would
establish^ beyond the possibility of a doubt
that he committed the foul crime. He
gives a good account of himself on the
nlght^of.the murder, even to detailing his
movements between the hours of 7 and 10
o'clock,' between which', the awful crime
was committed. I intend to hold him until
, I am thoroughly satisfied that he had
nothing to do with the murder."
. Several of the detectives who are work
ing on 'the case are thoroughly convinced
that Lutchard is innocent.
"He" seems to be a harmless fellow,"
said one of them, "and not a man who
would commrt such a foul crime. -He has
accounted for his movements during • the
time that the murder was committed, and
his '¦ statement is corroborated | in many
particulars by ' his companion. Smith."
The suspect was closely" questioned last
nlgh't, but his answers did not differ ma
terially ;from the ones he gave when he
was first examined except that he said he
•' -While the prostrated parents mourn for
their, dead the deteotlves under Captain
Seymour are trying to unravel the mys
tery of the crime. 1 hus far - only theo
ries have been advanced - and • new mys
teries present themselves at every turn
of the Investigation. A suspect has been
arrested, but doubt as to his guilt Is
entertained. , There is a faint color of evi
dence to' warrant his detention,'but'noth
ing'tangible or "strong has been dis
covered.'A has yet to be . found.
Just , why ¦ a' weak . boy. should , have been
so foully, murdered has not been explained
and the _ detectives are. In the dark. Rob
bery, seemed \ at . first " the' only plausible
explanation) yet In the face of other, cir
cumstances doubt amounting almost to
certainty, is cast upon that line of, reason-,
ins <-•'-:•¦ .-.
Discovery of the Crime.
>_Young HJslop resided with his parents
and 'brother fat? 104^ Halght '¦¦ street.- His
father,'. Robert ,C. J Hlslop,*. conducts a fur
niture, store at 341 Hayes street. The boy
: attended [the' John Swett Grammar School
and his application to study placed him. In
the -foremost rank - in ; his class. -, He' was
popular J and as f a r as Is . kno wn had • no
Captaui Seymour's Men Work on Clews
That Lead to No Important Develop
ments and Leave Them in the Dark
When Ilislop closed his store he took a.
short walk with his wife. As the couple
approached the house Mrs. Hlslop noticed
that there was light, in the front parlor,
arid this alarmed hef. ."< She expressed
her " fears to her husband." 'The'
latter opened ', thu . front - door hur
riedly, with < his latch key and in a mo
ment, had. gained the head of. the stair
way. He ' glanced in. the direction of the
room occupied by the. boy. , The door was
ajar and \ the- light burned brightly. Ho
* It was the habit of Mrs. Hlslop to -walk
to her husband's store each evening and
accompany him home. Robert, usually
went with her. On Saturday night after
the dinner' hour she prepared herself for
the trip, but the boy did not want to go.
He first said he wanted to study and then
that he was tired, having: spent much of
the day down town. About 8 o'clock, tha
boy was In bed - and his mother, after
tucking the covers about him,' kissed him
good nicht and . left the house. Before,
going. she turned out the lights in every
room except, the ore occupied by the boy
and' told him she would return soon.
Accompanied by Detective Harry Rey
nolds young Smith, who was with Lut
chard Saturday evening, traversed th*
route taken by them on the fatal night.
He pointed out the places they had vis
ited, but was unabl<? to fix the time with
any degree of accuracy. He claims that
after leaving: th© drug store they walked
up Market street to their home. Ha says
they reached their lodgings between 9 and
10 o'clock. Satisfied that the young man,
was telling the truth. Captain Seymour
allowed. him to go. .
The detectives were working late last
night on the theory that young Hl»Iop
may have been murdered by a Japanese
who, had turned burglar. It was first re
ported that the Hlslops had recently en
gaged the services of a Japanese servant,
but as he did not suit he was discharged.
As it was' reasonable to suppose that h©
might have committed the foul crime
through revenge Captain Seymour sent
one of his men to interview Mr. Klslop.
The latter exploded the theory by declar
ing that he had never employed a Japan
ese as a servant or In any other capacity.
Captain Seymour placed little impor
tance . in the contradiction and explain*
It by saying that Lutchard might have
been confused when accused of being th«
slayer of the unfortunate' boy.
"I made a mistake." he explained when
asked about the matter. "I meant to «ay
that wo. went to a restaurant instead of
and Smith had visited a restaurant dur
ing the evenlpe and had something to eat.
When first questioned by Captain Sey
mour Lutchard claimed that he and SmlUi
had gone to a saloon and partaken of
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