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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 11, 1911, Image 7

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Points Where Own Defense
Fails, Carefully Glossed Oyer
If Guilty, Shrewdest Woman
. Criminal Who Ever Lived. ,
. - ,
By Eloise Mortimer.
"There has "been a great deal of
cqmment on -Louise Vermilya's
statement in her own defense.
In that statement, Mrs. Ver
milya unerringly lays her finger
on'the weak points of the police
case against her. - " .,.-
Is the statement her own? -
Or was it inspired by her. at
torney ?
The police are wondering .
For -if that statement .came
from Louise Vermilya herself,
andshe is a guilty. woman, she is
one of the shrewdest criminals
who ever lived.'
"There are weak points in her
defense. But they are' not' such
weak points as would readily oc
cur to the ordinary reader of , he!r
' For instance:
Mrs. Vermilya asks why, if she'
wished to commit suicide last
Saturday, she did not swallow all
of the contents- of the pepper box
instead of only taking1 enough to
make her.deathly sick.,
. Sounds plausible, doesn't it?
But Mrs. Vermilya " is well
aware that she WOTJLD NOT
have died if she had swallowed
all the contents of the pepper box.
An OVERDOSE of arsenic never
kills. It is LESS DEADLY
than anJuneise00ii;0trjJ.4 t
Also, 'Mr-si Vermilya was close-
ly'watched " by detectives - and
nurses at thetime- she sprinkled
the! contents of the death-giving
pepper-box over her food. ' t
Had she taken an.'extfaordU
na.ry quantity. of pepper, it would
have tieem noticed t immediately
and led tar an investigation of tKe"
"pepper-.. . ,. '
Mrs. Vermilya dwells longort
her.love fo'r her .son, and hdw
preposterous fs the charge that
she should' have murdered hei
own "dearboy." Also, she states
that anyone who ever saw hert
with herr son will testify as to
their loying regard for each
other. ? ,
-She makes a very plausible at-;
tempt -to,explain her morbid-love;
forhandling dead bodies. s . J.
She pictures herself.as a lonely)
widow, who, to while away the
tedious ; hours,"" cared for the
bodies of such dead persons as
she had known in life, or the'deadl
of acquaintances. " - -
This .-explanation is belied by.
the evidence in the hands of the
police. ; ; . ;
,-Mrs.j Vermilya --never wasja,
lonely .widow. And she was en-?
tirely indiscriminate as. to the
dead bodies- she handled. Any
dead body -pleased her. ft
She, touched very lightly on her
friendship for Charles C Boysen
the undertaker, and explains her.
efforts -to have him bury the-
I. bodies .of; those w.ho;.died' m?iher

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