Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1943 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
ODY OF CHARLES'-VERMILYATO BE EXHUMED;
, ACCUSED WOMAN COLLAPSES IN HOSPITAL'
By Eloise Mortimer, t
J Have 'little doubt 'that, the
medical examination4 of Louise
Vermilya-, ordered by 'Coroner
r Hoffman will prove, that-sheis a
Victim of-that. strange and'hoiri
ble disease', necrophilism:, I r
. Strip the charges of 'the, police I
against her of evasiVc language
and consider them." Theyrr
That Louise Ve'nnilya.onurder
, ed nine persons, eight men -and
one woma'n. . " - V
, That' she .committed l "each ' of
these m'urder after careftil"plari
ning and by'slow-poispping.' J
That her o'nly motive' neach
, case was the love of gold. "t.
That she even went so far a's to
-induce severakof -the victims -to
insure themselves in her-favor.-r
Grant the police 'are correct jn
these premises-i-not one of wtiich
has been proven and "cOnside'r
the other factsin tlfojcase.-
- Each and'everybneof "the nine
persons was someohe.whom Mrs.
Vermilya loved, and- "who loved
her.' ' - ";" V
In no case was the1 victim' the
possessor "of a--great 'deal'pf
money; in none was the insurance
she "collected, nor tKe'inoney she
inherited, 6f;any 'great amount
Facing the charges of the"po
lice, Mrs. '-Vermilya" rnever has
blanched fori moment, never has
hesitated4 for an 'answer torthose
who questioned tier. - . J
. Lastly, and mqst't important,
Louise Vermilya '.haunted mor
gues and places of death'and" en
joyed the presence of dead bodies.
These things are incongruous.
' The man or the woman who
murderVfor love "of gold does not
.enjoy the presence' of1 'death. ' It
frightens' them". "
Those who slay for'gold do not
choose theii: -victims -from among
theinnearesEt anddearest. '
' Th'e moneyHrriad : murderer
hates to handledead bodies. He
-'-oishe shudderse'vefy time he
passes' the place where the corpse
6f-his' 'Victim' is hidderf.' -"The
police ''lik'en "the case of
Mt"s. ''Vermilya to 'that 'of Belle
Gunness, Avho -butchered fifteen
men on the Gunness farm .in La
porte' county, Ind.,in-1908.
-But the cases are not similar.
' '-With' honeyed words, Belle
Gurirfess lured- rich men to her
There, under promise of mar-
,riaget"she induced them to give
ner'-iarge sums 01 money, valua
ble deeds and jewelry.
'Then, when she had secured all
their p'roperty! She crept behind
them asv they slept, and' slew them
with an axe. .
" 'The -police .say there is a phy
sical resemblance between Mrs.
Vermilya and Mrs: G,unness.
They say 'that. Mrs. Vermilya has
the, 'same sliort, squat, abnormal
ly1 strong trUnk as had the woman
of .the'murdefr farm, that she has
the 'same high cheek bones, the
same coarse black hair.
B.6lle Gunness murdered none
except 'rich men, and she did not