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-' '-iVJJSg&imzmmm murder them -until she ,h'ad ac quired all their money. Few of those whom the police say, were poisoned by Mrs. Ver milya possessed much worldly wealth. Mrs. Vermilya profited finan cially by the death of only three of her victims, so far as the police have been able to show. Further, there is a great differ ence between a woman who fiend ishly and redly murdered strong men with an axe, and a woman who murders men by slow poison ing with, arsenic It is not by analogy with the Gunness case that the police will clear up the mystery of death that s holding Louise Vermilya in jail. m Again, Louise Vermilyas own letters to Thomas Bruington, the eoria photographer, now in the hands of the police, are the best defense of the woman against the police -theory. , These letters show time and again, the abnormal desire of Mrs. Vermilya to be with the dead, and in the places of death. In them she .talks blithely of Vhaving a lot of business to do at the morgue," of spending "busy days at the cemetery," 'of visiting cerrieteries. But the letters show some thing else. They breath forth a great love that the woman bore toward her dead husband, Charles Vermilya, and to the son, whom the police also say she murdered, Frank Brinkamp. Overtand over, thdre are refer ences to-these two men in the let ters, and each timenote of tend erness and great love, is struck. Take these excerpts i "Tom, you ask about my late husband lie was the best man I ever knew. He was the kindest husband a woman could have . . "My boy came back to me, stricken with typhoid fever, and only to die. -vAnd there never was a more dutiful son. He was a source of happiness to me every; minute God spared him to me. "But my boy was taken and I needed him so much." The police say Mrs. Vermilya wrote these lines of the.husband and son she had done to death by a hideous, slow and torturing method. , Do they read like it? If Mrs. Vermilya is the mon ster the police say, would she write thus of her victims? Would she, in that case, write of them at all? All these things point to mania, granting that the police are cor rect in saymg that Mrs. Vermilya slew nine persons. And after all, the police have proved nothing except that there was poison in the body of Arthur Bissonette. The strongest link in the case of the police against the woman is that last Saturday Mrs. Ver milya attempted to commit sui cide by herself taking arsenic. This is a damning thing, that Mrs. Vermillya will have much trouble explaining to a jury. - "TI she were innocent of all evil, she would not have taken poison.