Mystery of Runaway Mrs. Capler, Unwilling
Love Slave"?And the Unusual Means
Her Husband Took to
Keep Her Home
"It was the uncanny influence of his hypnotic eye that so enslaved my
wife," Husband Capler told the Judge. "She loves me, she doesn't
love this man Swaide. She is his unwitting, innocent victim.
She can't leave him when he gets her off, no matter how
much she wants to. Poor woman, she is powerless!"
??wttHEN John Swaide, of Detroit,
yjLf Michigan, disappeared from his
home in Detroit at the same time
that Mrs. Catherine Capler also disap
peared from her home in Detroit John A.
Capler, the husband of Catherine, more
than darkly suspected that there was
some connection between the joint depar
ture of '.lis wife and his friend. In fact,
John Capler strongly suspected, after he
had had a little time to think it over, that
his wife and his friend had gone off to
When, five months later, Mrs. Capler
returned to the home of her husband and
confessed that she had been away in the
company of Swaide, John Caller at last
congratulated himself upon his acumen.
He also took an emphatic decision.
Capler did not go out after Swaide
with a double-barrelled gun and a dog
when his wife came back. He did not
pursue Swaide with a husbandly fist all
doubled up to land an efficacious blow
plump in the eye of the man who had run
off with Mrs. Capler. Capler did not even
have Swaide arrested for abduction or on
any othei; more unpleasant charge.
Instead'Capler with ingenuity origi
nality and calm insistence went to the
court of Judge Adolph F. Marshner, of
Wayne County, Michigan, and applied for
a writ of injunction.
"And what," asked His Honor, "do you
want this writ of injunction for? And
"I want this injunction against John
Swaide, yho used to be my friend. I
want it to enjoin him from using his
wicked, persuasive, cruel, resistless, hyp
notic eyes upon my wife, Catherine.
His Honor, Judge Marschn?r, took off
"What do you mean?Swaide's hyp
notic eyes?" ^
"Just what I say, Your Honor," replied
Capler "This Swaide shows up at my
house. He has deep, quiet, tensely gaz
ing, concentrated, oily, dark eyes. He
looks at my wife; at my good wife; at my
faithful wife; at my beloved wife. He
looks, and he looks, and he looks at her
with his hypnotizing eyes.
"She looks back?the poor girl?she
cannot help it?she looks back, and she
keeps looking. She cannot tear her gaze
awav. An.l? at length?he speaks?this
,Swaide, whom I brought to my house,
thinking he was my friend. He speaks.
'Come along with me,' says he to my
always when I am not present. And she
eoes, the poor woman. She cannot do
anvthing else. For Swaide has hypno
tized her. She has to go. So this is why,
Your Honor, that 1 want a writ of injunc
tion to prevent that love thief, Swaide,
from using his hypnotizing eyes upon my
^His Honor, Justice Murschner, consid
ered. Then he spoke, after due thought.
"I think," said His Honor, "that yoj1
are entitled to an injunction. I shall,
therefore, issue one against Swaide, en
joining him from using his arts upon your
wife. In issuing this injunction I believe
I will be executing the first document of
its kind in a case of alleged love hypnosis
ever executed in the State of Michigan.
In fact, I am not sure but what it will be
the first of its kind in the country, if not
in the world."
Accordingly the writ of Injunction was
issued. Whereat John Swaide s hypnotic
eyes," or, at least, the exercise of them
in Wayne County, Michigan, upon Cath
erine Capler, became strictly agin the
Now, the spell of the hypnotic eve, urg
ing to evil, is by no means confined to
Wayne County, though, perhaps, the in
junction again their exercise may be.
For, within recent years, in the casq*
of two other women, "hypnotic eyes, in
volving them in crime and evil, have .been
mentioned as the cause of various un
When Mile. Angrle Laval, of Tulle,
France, was arrested, charged with being
thr author of over three hundred poison
"Tigrt Eye.," It ?,
Lid bv the people of Tulle, who received
the letter*, that the "Tiger Eyes" of
mademoiselle had caused them infinite
anguish in their domestic circles Several
tleaths and a suicide were said to have
STlAd on bv the "Tiger Eyes" of
the girl who was charged with writing the
scandalous letter.. Thsse eyes, so said
her fellow townsmen, were hynotic, spur
ring, driving mad.
Another case of hypnotic eyes attained
ereat prominence when Mrs. Charlotte A.
Ruickholdt, wife of a well-known New
Haven, Connettlwt, physician, wan ar
retted for rmriou* theft* of frowns and
John Swaide, of Detroit,
Whom a Michigan Court
Has Enjoined from Fur
ther "Fascinating" Mr.
jewels. From her cell in the
Tombs Prison, New York, Mrs.
Ruickholdt sent forth her un
"I didn't steal -those jewels
for myself. I had to do it. I
was driven to it by the hypnotic
eyes of an intensely dark com
Latest case of all comes Mr.-.
Capler, whose husband's in
junction against Swaide for
criminal use of his hypnotic
eyes was backed up by the
wife's assertion: "I didn't
want to run away with him.
But there was something so fas
cinating about him; some such
unexplained, pulling, magnet
ism that I had to
go with him, even
when 1 wanted to
stay at home. I
don't know that
he hypnotized mq,
but when 1 looked
into his eyes I had
to pro "
Thus, on record.
are three cases
where victims are
pulled hither and
yon into places
they do not wish
to go by the mys
terious force of
hypnotic eyes. The
case of Mrs. Cap
ler, because of the
its c o n s e q uent
of the powerful in
fluence, is the most
recent example of
charged to eyes
The story of
this hynotic tri
angle, out in De
troit, was feeling
ly told in court
hv Jnhn P.anlnr
"Swaide," ?aid hp,
"*m my friend. I
liked to jro fishing
with him. I asked
him to my house.
We were on warm
terms of friendly
intimacy for quite
a while. Then, one flay, my wife disap
peared. At th?! name time my friend,
Swaide, also dropped from sight. No
body knew where Swaide was. Nobody
knew where my wife was.
"I may not have known with legal posi
tiveneaa. But in my heart I suspected.
For I am a keen man, adding up two and
two. Therefore I suspected that my wife
and Swaide were together in one and the
So, in part, explained Capler. He con
tinued: At last, after several days, my
wife came home."
The liateners in that crowded, tense
court of Juatice Marschner's, where Cap
ler was awarded his extraordinary injunc
tion, got the impression that Capler's wifg,
Catherine, came home in about the same
condition that varioua wandering dogs
sometime* come home.
Mile. Angele Laval, a French
Writer of Scandalous Anonymous
Letters, Whose Hypnotic Eyes,
It Was Testified, Had Caused
"She was all
tired out," said
he. "My wife,
nftor her trips
into the world
can>e hack ex
"S h e would
run and hide in
a closet when
Swaide was sus
pected to be
when my wife
liei; trips with
told the Judge.
"At first she re
fused to tell me
where she had
" 'Where were you?' " I pressed her,
'where were you, where were you.'
"At last she raised her eyes, dark cir
cled and haggard, to ;the ceiling, anil her
lips hesitated. Then Swaide was heard
outside. My wife scuttled into a closet.
" 'Don't tell him where I am,' said she.
'Hide me; protect me. For it was with
him; It was with Swaide that I went away.'
"When she told me that I knew then
in a minute, I knew it was the uncanny
influence of his hypnotic eyes that so en
slaved my wife: Your Honor, in 1915
my wife and I were married. We lived
together continuously and happily. She
never wanted to go away with anybody
else. She loved me. -She says she loves
me yet. But what does she tell me when
I talk to her about Swaide?
" 'He's so very interesting to me, he is
irresistible,' says she, 'when he looks at
Ifi ip<w; (.r Wf?k1r
mo with those
eyes of his. I
don't wan' to
leave you, but
I can't help it."
He has vamped
me. 1 have to
leave you when
Accordingly, there is one man in Wayne
County, Michigan, who must hold to a
most unusual injunction or go to jail. That
man is John Swaide, and, by the legal
paper issued, Swaide must not "molest,
speak, harass, threaten, tempt or in any
other manner induce fathering Capler,
the wife of John Capler, the plaintiff, to
leave'the plaintiff or his home. You are
further to absolutely desist and refrain
from speaking to or associating with the
said Catherine Capler," Swaide is com
manded in the writ.
This most extraordinary injunction was
preceded by a complaint by the husband,
set forth in regular legal fashion. In the
complaint Capler stated that: s
(2) And John Swaide, said defendant,
had conspired and confederated with
others for the purpose of alienating the
affections of said wife and had by threats,
artifices and fraud, duress and cajolery
induced the said Catherine Capler to leave
the home of said plaintiff and remain
away from him for a period ot more than
nine months last past. H?r having on
three previous occasions induced the said
Catherine Capler to remain away from
'this plaintiff for periods of from two to
five months each.
Plaintiff further avers that said defend
ant has on iqanv and freouent occasions
promised said plaintiff that he would re
main away from aaid Catherine Capler,
' but ha* on each and every occasion failed
flrrnt Wrtlnln filch'? Br.prr?d.
' On the Left.
Mr. John Caplerf
the First Husband
to Ask the Courts
for an Injunction
Mrs. Charlotte A.
Claimed That She
Had Been Forced
to Steal by "the
Hypnotic Eye of
an Intensely Dark
and refused to do .so, but instead has in
duced said Catherine Capler ns aforesaid
to leave the home of this plaintiff and to
desert and abandon him.
And this plaintiff further avers that un
less an injunction is issued out of and
under the seal of this court, restraining
the said defendant from molesting, speak
ing to, harassing, threatening, tempting
or in any o^ier mnnnei* endeavoring to
induce the sa\l Catherine Capler to learc
plaintiff or his home and further restrain
ing said defendant from speaking to or
associating with said Catherine Capler,
this plaintiff will suffer irreparable in
That the defendant be restrained by
injunction of this court from molesting,
speaking to, harassing, threatening, tempt
ing or in any other manner attempting to
induce the said Catherine Capler to leave
this plaintiff or his home and to absolutely
refrain from speaking to or associating
with the said Catherine Capler.
(Signed) JOHN CAPLER.
December 14, 1921.
Attorney for Plaintiff.
The amazing attitude of the husband,
Capler, is as unusual as the remedy he
takes for his wrongs. For although, ac
cording to his testimony, his wife for sev
eral years now has been going away from
him for periods lasting for a few days to
three and five months, still whenever she
has returned she has found the home open
to her and the welcome at the hearth
stone the same as before Swaide ever
carried her off. Capler explains that why
he always receives his wife so gladly is
because he still loves her and she loves
"SJie loves me, she doesn't love this
nia^i Swaide," says the husband. "My
wife is merely his unwitting, innocent
victim. She can't leave him when he gets
her off no matter how much she wants to.
He holds her in the palm of his hand.
She is so much clay to him. And he?
what does he do? He gloats over his con
quest. But she?the poor woman, she is
So concludes Husband Capler. In the
meantime this strange case has aroused
much discussion, both in legal circles and
in scientific, out in Michigan. Scientists
have pointed out, as the result of Capler's
claim, that undoubtedly even as he main
tains, there are certain types of eyes
which for persons susceptible to their in
fluence can wield and havevwielded in
credible power over the individuals af
fected by therr\ And science goes on to
explain why this is so.
All of us have, as the psychologists
have pointed out, two^ selves?the con
scions self and the subconscious. Many of
us, most, in fact, do not know exactly
what kind of man or woman we are sub
consciously. Now and then we may be
aware of a furtive wish that we were freed
or our trammels and at liberty to go off on
wild, buccaneering expeditions and
do just what we desire with the per^
son we prefer. But few of us have
ever put our wild wishes into words
or even into thoughts. - We have
let them lie low because we had a
Baptist frttndfather or were "raised
Still those longings, those desires,
? those, perhaps, erotic and certainly
? erratic parts of ourselves lie there
w Influencing us even though de
nied. One way they influence us, as
the scientists have pointed out, is
through our attitude and our expression
to the world and our fellows. They shine
out in our eyes?our latent longings, our
latent, subjugated trends. That is why
doubtless, the alluring eye of a man or
woman now and then may persuade the
person susceptible N> it to do whnt cold
words enunciated may only half persuade.
An analogy to this influence of the
hypnotic eye upon persons attuned to it is
the influence of jewels upon other per
For certain persons gems seem to
exert a force for good or ill. From all
this it really would seem that all the evil
and all the good is not confined in bald
words nnd acts baldly portrayed. But
that jewels and, of course, very much
more so, eyes speaking out the hidden
ncsscs of the subconscious do influence
persons for better or worse. And that
thjsjs the explanation of the case of John
Swaide, love thief and love hypnotist, who
looked upon Catherine Capler his wish in
his hypnotic eyes till he worked some such
spell upon her.
That from the depths of his defied self
never explained in words, unknown, per
haps, to himself save dimly, there shone
out attractions, piquancies of the spirit
will o' the wisp of desire, pulling, ensnar
ing, urging the woman to fo Kll she rot
up and opened the door of her husband's
home and departed from there to folic,
the stranger. Swaide, wherever he mi^. **
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