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STORY OF LIFE AND.DEEDS OF REV. RICHESON, WHO
DIES IN THEXHAIR NEXT MONDAY
(Editor's Note. The Rev.
Clarence V. T. icheson, slayer of
his sweetheart, Avis Linnell, who
was in the sight of God his wife,
is sentenced to die at Boston next
Monday mornings The Day
Book correspondent, Marlen E.
Pew, made a special trip to Bos-
Rev. Clarence V. T. Richeson.
ton, whefe he gave the life and
misdeeds of the doomed minister
a careful study. The result is a
tremendously interesting story
and a warning a tragufwarning
to young men to battle against,
tile savage and sinful Impulses
that may come-to' them" in their
ter follows) :
The first chap-
By Marlen E. Pew.
If the law takes its course, the
Fev. Clarence V. T. Richeson will
be shocked to death next Mon
day in the grim chair of Charles
ton prison, Boston. Thus will
society have its revenge for a
crime which made civilization
Ordained to preach of spirit
ual life and to better human con
ditions, Richeson betrayed and
then stilled a loving heart, and
did it with brutal deliberation and
There could be -no more
pointed proof that 'the wages of
sin is death than is found in the
case of this Boston minister.
There is no recent parallel to
this remarkable case of reversion
from the highest plane of civil
ization to a depth of absolute sav
agery. " -
The poisoning of Miss Avis
innell, Oct: 14, 1911, the detec
tion and 'arrest of Richeson six
days later, his terrible act of self
mutilation, Dec. 20, and his amaz-'
ing confession, Jan. 3, are well
From the time Richeson first
began1 to live a double life two
mean motiyes seem to have con
trolled him selfishness and van
ity. His baser nature contiifually
cried "Me! me! me!"
Lust, greed, consuming selfish
ness, vanity, made him first a liar.