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INDIANAPOLIS COLLEGE DEAN GOES TO TRIAL1
FOR MURDER OF HELENE KNABE
Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 28. Dr.
William B. Craig, dean of the Indiana
Veterinary college, just .placed on
trial here for the alleged murder of
Dr. Helene Knabe, through the in
tense activity of the great body of
Indianapolis woman's club, becomes
the center of one of the country's
.greatest murder mysteries.
First Was Dr. Helene Knabe muiv
dered? The coroner of Indianapolis
said "Yes." The police of Indianapo
lis said, "No."
Or Was Dr. Knabe a suicide vic
tim? The police of Indianapolis, dis
claiming the murder theory, insisted
that she was.
The whole Indianapolis Council of
Women and a sorority of women
physicians say nothing; they simply
collected $2,500 and hired private de
tectives to probe the case. The in
dictment of Dr. M. B. Craig and
Alonzo M. Ragsdale, an Indianapolis
undertaker, who acted as Dr. Knabe's
executor, resulted. Bagsdale is charg
ed only with being an accessory after
the fact, the grand jury having heard
he"hid evidence against Dr. Craig.
In November, 1896, a German im
migrant girl landed at New York.
Her name was Helene Elise Knabe
and she came from Eastern Prussia.
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