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KOETTERS SEEN IN C1NCI; SLEUTHS ON JUMP
Handsome Tack Koetters,
wanted for the murder of Mrs.
Emma Kraft, in the Saratoga
hotel here, is in Cincinnati dis
guised as a priest, v
He was seen on the street there
"by a sister of a former landlady
of his. The identification was ab
solute. The police of Cincinnati are
bending every effort to get Koet
ters behind bars immediately, for
when seen, he was with another
woman, and the police fear an
The woman with Koetters was
about 40 years old. She was very
well' dressed and wore' valuable
Shortly after noon today, Mrs.
Carrie Wentering rushed into
police headquarters at Cincin
"I have just seen Koetters, the
murderer," she said. "It was just
five minutes ago, and he was at
Ninth avenue and Main street.
He is disguised as a priest. There
is a woman with him."
The Cincinnati police were at
first doubtful of the woman's
story. They have received hun
dreds of tips from people who
thought they saw Koetters in the
"But I know the man' Mrs.
Wentering cried. "He-used to
room with my sister. I almost
ran into him. I looked him square
in the face. I recognized him. I
think he did me, too. If you want
to get him you will have to hur
ry." Still the police were doubtful,
and they wasted time by getting
a group photograph, in which
Koetters' picture appeared.
"Can you pick out the man you
saw in this group?" they asked
Without any hesitation, Mrs.
Wentering laid her finger on
Then -the police were satisfied.
A dozen detectives were rushed
to Ninth avenue and Main street
All trace of the "priest" and his
woman companion had vanished.
The police ransacked all the ad
joining streets without avail. The
trail was absolutely lost.
This afternoon, the police be
gan combing the hotels and room
ing houses of Cincinnati.
Captain of Detectives Halpin
of the Chicago bureau said he
was not surprised to hear of Koet
ters being seen inCincinnati.
"The man has friends tnere,"
Halpin .said, "what is more likely
than that he 'should go there to
his friends. (
"There 'is another thing, too.
In almost any other city, Koet
ters would have to go to a hotel
"The moment he goes to a ho
tel, he is betrayed. He knows
that. Because "he must know that
every hotel in the United States
has- been told to watch for a man
with a joint missing from the in
dex finger of his right hand.
"But in Cincinnati" Koetters has
friends. He knows women there,
women whom he has fascinated
as he fascinated the woman he
murdered in the Saratoga hotel.