Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thriller Thursday - Missing Woman Not River Victim

Missing Woman Not River Victim; Clues Are Faulty

Mystery Deepens as Annette Day's Relatives Declare Body is Not Hers.

Once more the evil genius of the Hudson River mystery has moved to block the solution of the puzzle, now a week old, and to uncover to the world intimate facts in the lives of people whose existence has no relation to that of the murdered woman.

Salvatore and Mary Day, brother and sister of missing Annette Day, of No. 206 Union street, Brooklyn, went to Volk's Morgue in Hoboken this afternoon, where last night their brother, Francis, had declared it his positive belief that it was his sister's haggled body that lay there. After carefully viewing the upper and lower portions of the female body on the slab the brother and sister stated with equal positiveness that they were not fragments of Annette's body.

Mary Day, who was better able to judge of marks upon her sister's body, carefully examined the birth mark on the left shoulder blade and declared that though it was very like that on the body of Annette the marks were not identical.

Body of Dead Woman Larger Than Hers.

The girth of the woman's body was greater that that of her sister, she added, there was evidence that the dead woman possessed a more developed and muscular figure. While Annette Day weighed in the neighborhood of 100 pounds, the portions of the murdered woman's body, so far recovered, indicate that, in life, her weight must have been something like 140 pounds.

Capt. Coughlin of Brooklyn Headquarters and Detective Duane escorted Francis Day, his brother and sister to the Hoboken Morgue. Inspector Faurot of Manhattan Headquarters and Detective Clinton Wood later joined the party. The three Days spent some time at their unpleasant task and when Salvatore and Mary Day emphatically denied that the body was that of their sister, Francis, the identifier, agreed he must had been mistaken.

Police Just Where They Were at the Start.

This leaves the whereabouts of Annette Day a matter purely of family interest unless they ask the police to send out an alarm for her.

Inspector Faurot admitted that the collapse of this last clue in the case of many false leads leaves the authorities just where they started. They have now positively no index to the identity either of the murdered girl or the murderer. The case bids fair to pass into history along with that of Marie Rogers of nearly a century ago - the girl whose unsolved murder in the Weehawken meadows near where the fragments of the present body were found gave Edgar Allan Poe the opportunity to write one of his greatest mystery stories.

Missing Woman Not River Victim; Clues Are Faulty, The Evening World, 13 September 1913, page 2, column 6.

Thriller Thursday - River Murder Victim Was Miss Annette Day

River Murder Victim Was Miss Annette Day

Brother of Missing Brooklyn Girl Identifies Parts of Body Found in Water.

Police Seek Young Doctor

Young Woman, Infatuated with Italian Physician, Had Been Absent from Home Several Weeks.

The body of the girl found in sections in the waters about New York was positively identified last night as that of Miss Annette Day, an Italian girl, of No. 206 Union street, Brooklyn. Early in the evening Francis Day, a real estate broker, of No. 109 Broad street, Manhattan, a brother of the Brooklyn girl, who has been missing since August 7, went to Hoboken to inspect the gruesome finds. On being shown the birthmarks on the left shoulder of the body he declared without reserve that the victim was his sister.

He had seen the marks in his sister's skin, he said, in passing her room while she was dressing. Through an open door, he said, he had often seen reflected in a mirror the peculiar marks on the girl's skin. When the past of the torso bearing the birthmarks was shown to him at Volk's morgue in Hoboken, where the sections of the body were placed as soon as they were taken from the water, he asserted at once that the body was that of his sister.

The last [illeg] of the Day girl was on August 7, when she left Tarrytown, where she had gone to visit friends with her mother, to return to New York. She was employed here as a machine operator. She did not return to her home in South Brooklyn that night, where she lived with her parents, her brothers Francis and Salvatore and her sisters Emma and Mary. After she had been absent from home several days a private investigation was conducted but without result.

It was not until a few days ago that Francis Day got in touch with the New York police. He had read descriptions of the body found in pieces in the Hudson and was convinced it was that of his sister. He named a young Brooklyn physicians, also an Italian, with whom the girl had been infatuated last March. The police are now searching for the man, although Inspector Faurot refused to admit this last night.

Young Day was taken quietly to Volk's morgue in Hoboken yesterday afternoon for a view of the pieces of the body. He at once declared it was that of his sister.

Miss Day was twenty-three years old, 5 feet 2 inches in height and weighed about one hundred pounds. She had a birthmark on her left shoulder similar to that on the torso of the murdered woman found in the Hudson River, and another chocolate colored mark on her right elbow. Her hair was dark brown and her eyes were blue, and the brother described her skin as being of particularly fine quality.

Early last evening the brother of the missing girl was closeted with Inspector Faurot. He left Police Headquarters in company with a detective returning several hours later to go into another conference. Yesterday afternoon detectives from the Manhattan headquarters visited Volk's morgue at Hoboken, where the two sections of the girl's torso, picked up in shallow waters along the New Jersey shore of the Hudson, and the right thigh, found at Keansburg, N. J., are held, and took away all the evidence the Jersey police have gathered.

Besides taking a careful record of the case, the police brought to Manhattan the pillow slip on which is embroidered the initial "A", in which the first section of the mutilated torso was found; the bed ticking of a peculiar stripe, a blood stained garment, found at Weehawken, near the spot where the second part of the body was discovered, the brown tar paper in which the body was wrapped, and the fine milliners' wire that was tied about the bundles.

The man who is sought by the police was graduated from a medical college on Long Island two years ago. When the girl's family reported her disappearance to the police a few days ago, after making an exhaustive private investigation, a picture of the Italian physician was shown to S. H. Hurowitz, a druggist, at No. 2755 Eighth avenue, where a man visibly excited, bought two sheers of paper similar to that found wrapped about the pieces of the body a little more than a week ago.

Hurowitz looked over the picture, which was a composite affair of the medical college graduating class. He was unable to pick out the purchaser of the paper. Even when the detective narrowed the choice down to half a dozen and finally pointed out the man named by the Brooklyn girl's family he was unable to state positively whether that was the man.

The brother of the girl, however, was positive last night that the young Italian doctor was responsible for his sister's disappearance. Last winter, it became known, she became desperately infatuated with him, in spite of the fact that he was married and had two small children. The intimacy lasted several weeks, and ended when the girl's family became aware of the state of affairs.

To his friends the young physician confided the fact that his life had been threatened, but declared the Black Hand was responsible. It was well known. However, that he was not possessed of any wealth, in fact, owing to his scant practice he earned hardly enough to maintain himself and family.

Fears for his safety were entertained by the physician, and he made preparations for a hurried departure from Brooklyn. He told a few intimate friends he intended going to Italy, but so far as could be determined last night he did not engage passage for that country. In fact, a doctor with whom he was on the best of terms learned shortly after he left Brooklyn that California was their destination. Besides his wife and two small children, the physician took his father and mother when he hastily departed.

Since March the physician has not been seen Brooklyn. The girl had not been in correspondence with him, so far as is known, but it is believed by her family that she left her home recently to join him. The young doctor's wife and children came to Brooklyn a week ago, which leads to the belief that they came here in search of him.

The girl, whose parents are wealthy, left home about August 7. It was suspected she had gone to join the doctor, for whom her infatuation seemed undiminished.

River Murder Victim Was Miss Annette Day, The Tribune, 13 September 1913, page 1, column 4, and page 3, column 6.

Thriller Thursday - River Murder Victim Was Annette Day

River Murder Victim Was Annette Day

Brother Identifies the Torso Which Was Found in the Hudson.

Police Seek Physician

Girl Said to Have Been Infatuated With Him - Arrest Expected Soon.

The parts of the body of the young woman who was murdered, cut up and the remains scattered in the Hudson River have been identified as those of Miss Annette Day, 23 years old, of 206 Union Street, Brooklyn. The identification was made last night by Francis D. Day, her brother, who is a real estate agent with offices at 109 Broad street, Manhattan.

The identity of her alleged slayer is known to the police, who are searching for him. He is said to be an Italian physician with whom the girl was infatuated. The girl's relations with the physician had been such, according to the brother, that she would have been a mother in a few months.

The police expect to arrest the physician to-day and thereby clear the mystery which has baffled them for a week. It is believed that the police know where he is.

The girl is described by her brother as 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighing about 96 pounds, dark brown hair, blue eyes, light complexion, two gold teeth in the upper row. She was dressed at the time of her disappearance on August 8 in a cream colored dress with a small black stripe and white velvet trimmings, a fine grade of black straw hat, black shoes and stockings, and wore a small watch on her breast.

Disappearance on August 8.

She had gone to Tarrytown with her mother on August 6. Two days later she disappeared. She was employed as a machine operator in a petticoat factory in Manhattan. Her father, Francis, is dead, but her two brothers, Salvatore and Francis, and her sisters, Emma and Mary, are living.

The brother Francis after his sister's disappearance conducted a personal search for her before he asked the aid of the police. When he read the account in the newspapers of the torso found in the river he called at the morgue several times, but it was not until last night that he viewed the remains and made a positive identification. He explained that on several occasions he had seen the peculiar birthmark on his sister's back.

"My sister loved this Italian physician," Francis Day told the police. "It was a hopeless love, but she did not realize it until too late. That was about a year ago. She confessed her relations with the physician. She would have become a mother within a few months. The physician fled to California. He returned about a month ago. Then my sister disappeared. We have not heard from her since."

On Thursday the brother, accompanied by a detective from the Butler street police station in Brooklyn, made an attempt to have the druggist who sold the tar paper believed to be that found around the torso identify the prisoner [sic].

The young man carried a large group picture. In it was the physician, a member of the graduating class of 1911 of the Long Island College Hospital.

"Can't you recognize him? Can't you recognize him?" the brother repeatedly asked H. S. Hurwitz, the druggist. The latter shook his head. Later he thought the man pointed out by the brother might be the man to whom he sold the paper.

Neighbors Tell of Romance.

Little was learned of the doctor in the neighborhood where he lived. Some of his neighbors told of a romance in which a young girl, believed to be the murder victim, tried to get the physician to divorce his wife and marry her. This, it is understood, the physician refused to do.

Detective Clinton Wood of Assistant District Attorney Deacon Murphy's office called at the morgue in Hoboken yesterday and gathered together all the evidence which has been found. Photographs of the various parts of the body, the chemise around the first part of the torso, the undershirt which was found stained with blood. the pillow and the pillow slip with the embroidered "A" on it were all brought over to Inspector Faurot's office in Police Headquarters.

Chief Marcy of the North Bergen police in New Jersey spent most of yesterday working on a motor boat clue. It was learned that a motor boat usually anchored in North Bergen disappeared a few days before the time when the crime is believed to have been committed. A few days ago the boat was seen again in its usual place, but in it was found a bloody shoe. It is said. The owner of the boat was a prominent man, Chief Marcy's office admitted.

Several conferences were held yesterday in the Hoboken morgue. After the last conference, held about 2 o'clock in the afternoon, the detective got into an automobile and hastened away. They refused to tell where they were going, but observed an air of mystery. It was the first time they appeared to be working on anything definite.

River Murder Victim Was Annette Day, The Sun, 13 September 1913, page 3, column 5.

Thriller Thursday - Know River Victim; Seek Young Doctor

Know River Victim; Seek Young Doctor

Brother Identifies Girl's Torso Found in Hudson as That of Antoinette Day.

She Loved a Surgeon

And He Has Disappeared from His Brooklyn Home - Missing Girl a Mill Operative.

Inspector Faurot announced at Police Headquarters last night that the woman, parts of whose dismembered body had been recovered from the Hudson River, had been identified positively as Antoinette Day of 206 Union Street, Brooklyn. The identification was made yesterday afternoon at Volk's Morgue in Hoboken by her brother, Francis Day, who was employed by a real estate firm at 109 Broad Street, in this city.

The girl disappeared on Aug. 16 while she was on a trip to Tarrytown with her mother, Mrs. Marietta Day. She had been employed as a machine operator in a mill, and her mother believed at the time she disappeared that she had taken a new place.

After two weeks had passed and no word was received from her, the family of the girl became alarmed. When he first read of the young woman whose body had been dismembered, Francis Day feared that it was his sister. He made two trips to Volk's Morgue and talked with employees there about the body. The answers to some of his questions convinced him at first that the murdered woman was not his sister after all.

Young Day said last night that the circumstance which convinced him finally that the murdered woman was his sister was the discovery that a young surgeon, with whom she had been infatuated, had returned to Brooklyn after several months' absence.

On this account, Day resolved yesterday to inspect the parts of the body in the Hoboken Morgue. After a glance at the birthmark on the shoulder all his doubts vanished. While he had not recognized the mark absolutely from newspaper photographs, he said there could be no question but that the blemish was one which he had seen on the shoulder of his missing sister. Young Day said that other distinguishing marks which would appear, if the rest of the body was found, were two gold upper teeth and a chocolate colored mark on the left arm near the elbow.

Description of Day Girl.

Antoinette Day, her brother said, was 23 years old, and 5 feet 1 inch in height. Her complexion was dark and her skin unusually fine. When she was last seen by the family, he said, she was dressed in a cream-colored dress trimmed with black velvet. She wore a black hat of fine straw. Pinned on her dress was a woman's gold hunting case watch.

Detective Regan of the Butler Street Station, who was the first to hear the brother's story, investigated on the theory that she had been murdered by a young surgeon. He said last night that nothing had developed as yet that pointed out any one very definitely as the murderer of the girl.

Inspector Faurot said that the identification of the body was the first real step made toward the detection of the murderer. At midnight he said that the police had nothing except vague suspicion to go by and that much work would have to [be] done before the guilty person could be named.

Antoinette Day's father has been dead for several years. Her mother is living, and she has two younger sisters, Emma and Mary. Besides Francis, she had one other brother named Salvatore. Mrs. Day is of Italian parentage. Her husband was an Englishman.

The Inspector and Acting Captain Coghlan of the Brooklyn Detective Bureau, after a day's work which produced promising results, stayed late at Police Headquarters last nigh talking with the boy, and they said there was a chance that the murder would be cleared up in a few hours.

The surgeon, accused by the girl's brother, is 29 years old, and is a graduate of the Long Island College of Physicians and Surgeons.

According to the boy's story, his sister had been the object of marked attentions from the young surgeon before he departed for the West. In August the family of the young woman discovered that she was facing motherhood, and, according to the story told to the police, they held the surgeon responsible for this.

The family made no report to the police when the girl departed from home on Aug. 16, fearing that her disgrace might become public. There were not alarmed at first when they read of the discovery of part of the dismembered body of a young woman in the river. When they heard, though, that the surgeon they accused had returned to Brooklyn at about the same time their daughter had disappeared, they became alarmed, and it was then that the story was first told to the police.

The principal reason the police had yesterday afternoon for believing that they were on the right trail was supplied by S. H. Hurwitz, a druggist at Eighth Avenue and 147th Street, who sold two sheets of tar paper in which it was believed the two parts of the torso of the murdered woman were wrapped. The boy and two Headquarters detectives showed him the picture of the class of forty-six members of the Long Island College of Physicians and Surgeons with which the suspected man was graduated.

Identifies Suspected Man.

Hurwitz hesitated at first when he was asked if he saw any one in the group who resembled the purchaser of the tar paper. After a close study of the photograph, he put his finger on the picture of the suspected man. While he said that he thought there was a strong resemblance between the man in the photograph and the disheveled man who ran into his shop and bought the two sheets of paper, he added that he was by no means sure of his identity. Even if he should see the man face to face, Hurwitz said that he was not certain that he could identify him.

George Sachs, proprietor of the furniture store at Eighth Avenue and 147th Street, looked at the picture and said that he could see no one in it who recalled to his mind the purchaser of the pillow which was found in the Hudson River a week ago and which contained the upper part of the torso of the murdered woman.

This pillow, the wire and tar paper which surrounded it, and the pillow slip, wire, and tar paper which were wrapped around the second part of the body were taken away by detectives last night from Volk's Morgue at Hoboken. It was believed that they were removed to Police Headquarters in this city. It was said last night that the pillow-slip with the initial "A" embroidered on it had been taken to Brooklyn to be shown to the sister of the missing girl. No word on this subject could be obtained last night from Inspector Faurot.

Chief of Police Marcy of North Bergen, N. J., said yesterday that a blood-stained show had been found in a motor boat at Weehawken, N. J. The motor boat had been hired, he said, bu two men shortly before the fragments of the dismembered body were found. Chief Marcy refused to say whether the shoe was a man's or a woman's.

Casper Jianen, of 303 West Thirty-third Street, the waiter who on Thursday identified the body in Hoboken as that of his wife, said yesterday that he though he must be mistaken after all. Dispatches from Havana said that Mrs. Lena Jianen had been found living there. Mrs. Jianen arrived in Cuba some two weeks ago.

Know River Victim; Seek Young Doctor, The New York Times, 13 September 1913.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thriller Thursday - Woman in Jersey is Being Watched in River Mystery

Woman in Jersey is Being Watched in River Mystery

Had Male Accomplices, It is Believed - Death Followed Criminal Operation.

Expect Arrest Soon.

Police Believe They Have Secured Real Identification of Dead Girl.

Detectives in New York and neighboring New Jersey towns who have been trying to solve the mystery of the Hudson River murder have progressed so far in running down what appears to be the first real solution that The Evening World is in a position to set forth most of the closely guarded details of what Inspector Faurot at Headquarters believes to be the true story of the murder. Upon this lead Headquarters men and the detectives of Hudson and Bergen Counties across the river have been co-operating to-day with feverish energy.

Here are the salient points in the new hypothesis hinted at in a late edition of The Evening World yesterday, whose revelation cannot at this time defeat the ends of justice, as close is the police [illeg] [illeg] about the person or persons suspected of complicity in the murder.

Police Sure They Know Victim of the Crime.

The victim of the crime was an Irish girl, less that six months in this country, who had been employed as a servant in the home of a family living in the vicinity of the town of North Bergen.

The murder is believed to have been done by a midwife, who has enjoyed a shady reputation with the police of Bergen County and whose establishment has been called "the slaughter house" because of the prevalent and permanent suspicion that several women have been the victims of malpractice there. This place has been under surveillance of the Bergen detectives for two days and they are simply awaiting the clearing up of a few [illeg] points in Manhattan before making an arrest.

The girl about whose death the present mystery centers went to this midwife to undergo a criminal operation only two months before she expected to become a mother. She died under the ministrations of the midwife, and by the midwife - assisted, it is almost positively established, by one or more male accomplices - her body was dismembered and distributed in the Hudson River.

Name Suppressed Until Arrest is Made.

The name of the victim, known to the detectives at Manhattan and Weehawken Headquarters, has been suppressed until definite action against the midwife is taken. This much can be said - that she has three sisters living in New York and that they have given the detectives of Inspector Faurot's staff information upon which the recent activities have been based.

As much of the story as can be printed at the present time carries this young immigrant to the home near North Bergen. There she took service immediately after her arrival from Ireland without having seen all of her kin in this country, who are scattered through the greater city. The man responsible for the condition in which she soon found herself remained in Ireland.

Less that a month ago it became apparent to the girl's employers that she was approaching motherhood. They wrote to one of her sisters in New York, telling her of the girl's physical condition and saying they could no longer have her continue in their service. The girl seemed overwhelmed with mortification and made cautious inquiries of her mistress to determine if there was any way she could escape the inevitable.

Did Not Ask Advice of Her Sisters.

It is not believed she had any friends in North Bergen whom she could consult; she did not see her sisters to ask their advice. But ten days ago she left her employer's home in New Jersey, saying she would go to one of her sisters' homes in New York.

The girl has not been seen since. It was not until one of the sisters, growing anxious and reading of the finding of the sections of a woman's body in the Hudson, confided her fears to a New York policeman, that word of these circumstances came to Headquarters.

Yesterday Detective Wood brought from the Hoboken morgue the chemise which had been found wrapped about the upper portion of the trunk and showed it to one of the sisters, who was familiar with the garments the missing girl had purchased upon her arrival here. To-day the same garment was delivered to Detective Bennett of the Hudson County Prosecutor's office, and by him taken to the home of the missing girl's former employers.

Sisters Think Parts of Body are Sisters.

Since none of the three sisters has lived with the missing sister since her childhood - they having come to this country several years ago - they do not feel confident of identifying the fragments of the trunk positively, but the description they have given of the general physical characteristics of the missing woman tally closely with those of the body so far recovered.

Headquarters detectives have carried descriptions of the missing girl from the sisters to the North Bergen family, and it is established beyond a question of doubt that the girl who left service there ten days ago is the one whom the three sisters count as Jess.

Mrs. Lena Janin, positively "identified" yesterday by Casper Janin, a waiter in an uptown restaurant, as being the victim of the Hudson River mystery whose severed body has lain in the Hoboken morgue, with half the members missing, for a week today, is alive and in Havana. Word to that effect was received early to-day at Police Headquarters.

The message stated that Mrs. Janin who admits she is the still undivorced wife of the man who yesterday made the identification in Hoboken, was living with Vincent Planells in Havana street, Havana. They had previously lived together in New York, as Janin said to the detectives of Hudson County yesterday, and had sailed for Havana separately, the woman sailing about a month ago. Planells is reporter in the message from
Cuba to have joined the woman ten days ago.

Woman in Jersey is Being Watched in River Mystery, The Evening World, 12 September 1913, page 3, column 7.

Thriller Thursday - Planells Seen in Havana

Planells Seen in Havana

Arrives on Saratoga From New York, but Immediately Disappears.

Special Cable Despatch to The Sun

Havana, Sept. 11. - Vincenso Vincent Planells, who is said to have been the lover of Mrs. Janin, the fragments of whose body were identified by her husband at the morgue in Hoboken, N. J., to-day, arrived here from New York yesterday on the steamship Saratoga and has since disappeared. He cannot be found at his home or in his usual haunts. The police here have received no official request from new York police to look for Planells.

Plannels Seen in Havana, The Sun, 12 September 1913

Thriller Thursday - Believes Woman in River Was His Wife

Believes Woman in River Was His Wife

Casper Janin, an Italian Waiter, Positive in Identification of Torso.

Clue Points to Physician.

Story Told by Brooklyn Man of Lost Sister Interests Police.

The mystery of the woman who was murdered, her body cut up and thrown into the Hudson River, came nearer solution yesterday when the police of New Jersey and New York city discovered two new and promising clues on which to work. For the first time since the police started their investigation a feeling of optimism was evident on the part of the detectives.

The first clue was the seeming identification of the torso of the murder victim now in Volk's morgue, Hoboken, by Casper Janin, an Italian waiter of 303 West Thirty-third street, Manhattan, who said the body was that of his wife who had deserted him several years ago.

The second clue was the story told by a young man in Brooklyn who thinks his sister was the victim of a married physician with whom she was infatuated. Accompanied by detectives from the Butler street station, Brooklyn, he spent the afternoon in an effort to have H. S. Hurwitz, the Harlem druggist who sold the tar paper similar to the kind in which parts of the victim's body were wrapped, identify the purchaser from a group of photographs of graduates of the class of 1911, Long Island College Hospital.

The druggist could not pick out the man. The young man then called at the second hand store of George Sachs, where the pillow found with the woman's body was purchased, but Sachs also failed to identify any of the men in the photograph.

Other developments yesterday were the establishment of the fact that the part of the leg found at Keansburg, N. J., belonged to the murdered woman's body and that Miss Lucy Smedes of Keyport, N. J., at first believed to have been the victim, was alive and will in Kingston, N. Y.

Says Birthmarks Are Alike.

The clue which occupied most of the detectives' time yesterday was the statement of Casper Janin that the birthmarks on the torso in the Hoboken morgue were the same as marks on his wife's body. After his visit to the morgue shortly before noon Detective Charlock of Prosecutor Hudspeth's office in Hudson county and detectives of Inspector Faurot's staff in New York started to investigate his story. So good was the clue considered that the detectives refused at first to tell his name for fear of giving an alarm to the slayer.

"I am sure the body in the morgue is that of my wife," Janin told the police after viewing the body. "I know because she had those birthmarks. Our six-year-old child also has them.

"I married my wife, who was a Spanish girl, in Barcelona about seven years ago. She was then 15 years old. In May, 1912, she left me and came to this country. I went to Turin, where I became a chauffeur. Than, about a year ago, I came to New York to look for her. I finally found her living with a man of bad reputation at 18 West 104th street. The man's name was Vincenso Planells.

"I succeeded in making her come back to me, but on August 26 she again left me and went to this man. Later I called and asked him where my wife was. He told me that she had left, but would not tell me where she was."

Janin added that he had been a rich merchant in the northern part of Italy before his marriage. He is now a waiter, according to the police.

Brother's Story Differs.

At 18 West 104th street, where Vinsenso was said to live, John Planells, his brother, told a different story, as follows:
"My brother Vincent came here from Havana, Cuba, about three months ago. At that time I was living in Brooklyn with my wife. When my brother came with a woman he said was his wife the house was not large enough for all of us, so we moved to our present address. My sister-in-law's name was Lena. My wife says the woman did not have any birthmark on her shoulder.

"As my brother could not speak English and my wife could not speak Spanish we did not get along well together. My wife then moved to the country. I joined her later, leaving Vincent and his wife alone in this house. About two weeks ago Lena returned to Havana. Last Saturday my brother left for Havana to join her. That is all I know. I never met this fellow Janin and do not think my brother knew him."

Dr. George W. King, county physician, and his assistant, Dr. Hastings, after their trip to Keansburg, N. J., where the part of the woman's leg was found, were positive that it was a part of the murdered woman's body. It fitted perfectly the lower portion of the torso.

Seek Mysterious Man.

The mysterious man who was seen last Thursday night carrying two suit cases on a Palisade street car near Edgewater, N. J., is being sought by the police in the belief that the cases may have contained the severed parts of the murdered woman's body. The man boarded the car about 11:30 o'clock near North Bergen. Attention was attracted to him because of the peculiar odor coming from the cases.

"Have you an undertaking establishment on the car," a passenger asked the conductor, Louis Odone of 640 Fillmore avenue, Union Hill, N. J.

The man, because of the complaint of the passengers, was asked to get off the car, but begged to be allowed to stay on as he was going only a few more blocks. He alighted at the Fort Lee line junction and walked toward the Hudson River. The point where he alighted is within a short distance of where the first part of the woman's torso was found.

The conductor described the man as dark, about 35 years old, five feet eight inches tall and weighing about 175 pounds. He had a dark mustache and wore a light blue suit, a shirt open at the neck and a dark grey cap. The cases, the conductor said, bulged at the sides and appeared very heavy.

The police of the Weehawken station are of the opinion that the man distributed the parts of the body along the river front where they were found.

Girl Saw Floating Head.

Miss Grace Cure, 17 years old, of Bayonne, N. J., while rowing about 200 feet from shore of the upper bay Tuesday saw a head in the water. The girl says the hair on the head was black and was about a foot long. She says it trailed after the head, which was floating face upward. The features were sharp and clear, the girl said. She became frightened and mad no attempt to get the grewsome [sic] thing.

The head is believed to have been the same one which was seen floating in the lower bay below Tottenville the day before.

The Brooklyn police are responsible for the discovery of the young man who said his sister who was infatuated with a young married physician has been missing since August 1.

The young physician has an office somewhere in Manhattan, the girl's brother said, but he would not tell where.

His sister was about 5 feet 4 inches tall, the brother said, and weighed only a little more than 100 pounds.

Although this does not correspond with the estimate of the weight of the murdered woman, the police are following up the clue because the man in the case is a physician. The cutting up of the body was done by one skilled with surgical instruments, the authorities believe.

Believes Woman in River Was His Wife, The Sun, 12 September 1913.

Thriller Thursday - Calls Slain Woman His Runaway Wife

Calls Slain Woman His Runaway Wife

Mouquin Waiter Thinks He Identifies the Hudson Victim - Impossible, Says Dr. King.

More of the Body Found

Part of Leg Picked Up at Keansburg Fitted in Place - Floating Head Again Seen.

Casper Jianen of 303 West Thirty-third Street, a waiter at Mouquin's uptown restaurant, viewed at Volk's Morgue, Hoboken, N. J., yesterday parts of the dismembered body found in the Hudson, and said that he believed that the murdered woman was his wife, who deserted him in May, 1912.

Jianen had paid a previous visit to the Morgue last Tuesday and saw the birthmark on the left shoulder of the dead woman. He left uncertain whether to claim the body as that of his wife. Yesterday, however, after a more careful examination, he announced that he was positive this time that it was his wife's body.

Jianen said that his wife's mother had a similar birthmark and that her child, a six-year-old girl, had inherited the same blemish on the left shoulder. The girl, according to Jianen, was with his parents in Lorraine, France.
Jianen told the Hoboken authorities that he and his wife had been living together in Lorraine up to the time that she deserted him. He followed her to this country, he said, and found her living with a man in 104th Street. Jianen gave the name and address of the man to Lieut. Wood, a New York Headquarters detective, and it was learned last night that the man described by Jianen had departed on Tuesday of this week for Havana.

According to County Physician George W. King of Hudson County, the murdered woman could not have been Mrs. Jianen. He said the autopsy showed beyond a doubt that the woman had had no child before the one which was born within a few days of her death.

Detectives from Police Headquarters last night found the brother of the man described by Jianen as his wife's companion. He said:
"My brother left here on Tuesday for Havana on business, and his wife went with him. It is untrue that my brother enticed Jianen's wife away from him. My brother was married. His wife might have been claimed by Jianen as his, but I know nothing of that. I never heard that my brother's wife had a birthmark on her shoulder. At any rate, she was alive on Tuesday, for I saw her then when she started on the trip with my brother."

Jianen lived at 303 West Thirty-third Street in an Italian and French boarding-house kept by Charles Possas. Yesterday was Jianen's day off duty, and he did not return home in the evening. Possas gave a slightly different history of Jianen from that which the waiter had given to the Hoboken authorities.
"Jianen's wife," said Possas, "was a Spanish woman whom he met in this city. I have never seen her because she had left her husband when I first met him, five months ago.
"Jianen told us that he thought the woman was his wife when he saw a picture of the birthmark in the paper. Jianen was not sure about it though, because he said that his wife had other birthmarks which were not described."

County Physician King went in an automobile yesterday to Red Bank. N. J., carrying with him the hip joint of the torso now in the Hoboken Morgue. This was fitted to the section of the leg found on Wednesday at Keansburg, N. J., and taken to Coroner Fay's Morgue at Red Bank. Dr. King declared that the two parts came from the same body.

Miss Grace Cure, 17 years old, the daughter of Frank Cure of 252 Prospect Avenue, Bayonne, N. J., reported yesterday that, while she was in a row boat on Tuesday close to Constable Hook, N. J., she had seen the head of a woman floating past the boat on the outgoing tide. It is believed to have been the same section of a skull which was seen last Thursday floating in the bay near Tottenville, S. I.

Lucy Smedes, the 19-year-old girl of Keyport, N. J., who has been missing from her home since June 17, telegraphed yesterday to her parents in Keyport that she was working in Kingston, N. J. Friends of the girl had feared that she might be the murdered woman.

Calls Slain Woman His Runaway Wife, The New York Times, 12 September 1913.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thriller Thursday - Husband Sure River Victim is His Missing Wife

Husband Sure River Victim is His Missing Wife

Beautiful Spanish Woman, Who Deserted Own Home for Another Man.

Arrest is Coming.

Police Are Seeking Foreigner With Whom Mrs. Janin Lived After Flight.

Casper Janin, a well-to-do Italian, of No. 303 West Thirty-third street, visited the Hoboken Morgue this afternoon and positively identified the fragments of the woman's body there as those of his wife.

Janin said that his wife had deserted him on Aug. 14 and had gone to live with another man, whose name the Headquarters detectives now have and who is supposed to live on West One Hundred and Fourth street in the vicinity of Central Park West. Hudson County detectives accompanied Janin to New York, after he had made the identification, on a search for this man who is thought to have been with Mrs. Janin after her disappearance.

New York Detectives Get Busy On New Clue.

A short time after Janin made his identification Detective Wood of New York Headquarters staff called at the Hoboken morgue and took away the chemise which was found wrapped about one section of the woman's dismembered body. This he brought to Headquarters, and his arrival was followed by a conference between Assistant Attorney Deacon Murphy and Inspector Faurot.

It was said by the Jersey authorities that the taking away of the chemise was for the purpose of running down still another clue, considered as important as the identification made by Janin. This concerned the disappearance of a woman who had been working as a domestic in the service of a family in a North Jersey suburb. The servant was dismissed then certain facts about her condition became apparent, so this new version of the mystery's solution has it, and her three sisters in New York were notified of the fact by her employer. The woman has not been seen by her sisters since.

The identification was made possible chiefly by the strange birthmark on the left shoulder of the torso. The man claiming to be the husband of the murdered woman stated without equivocation that his wife had such a birthmark on her left shoulder blade, that her mother had the same peculiar figure in the same spot on her body and that a son born to him by the woman he now believes to have been slain has the inherited mark in the same place. Other physical characteristics the identifier was able to note tallied exactly with those of his missing wife, according to his statement.

Man Who Identified Body Seemed Rich.

A part of the man's story was allowed to become public, though he himself was jealously kept away from interviewers. He said he was an Italian and his appearance bore out his statement that he was in more than comfortable circumstances. Six years ago he came to New York and here met a beautiful Spanish girl - a native of Barcelona - who was only fifteen years old. They were married and he took her back to Italy, where he had a successful business.

She soon left him and he followed her first to Turin and then to this country. She took with her all the jewelry he had showered upon her in the days of his swift wooing and at the time of their marriage - about $1,500 worth.

Following his wife to New York, he at last traced her to an address on West One Hundred and Fourth street, where she was living with a man of low character. The husband tried to induce her to leave her paramour, but in vain. Last month he said he went to the man who had usurped his place and demanded that he give up the woman. Then his wife's companion said she had quit him also and he professed not to know where she was.

New York Police Are Not Notified of Identification.

Since that time the identifier has been on the still hunt through New York and the adjacent cities. He had read of the finding of the fragments of the body in the river, but has hesitated to come forward and attempt an identification, he said, until he saw a picture of the birthmark in a paper several days old.

The swift action of the Hudson County authorities in following the story of the man appearing at the Morgue to-day by active search in the vicinity of West One Hundred and Fourth street, this city, for the paramour of the missing wife, was a surprise to Inspector Faurot at Headquarters. He said he had heard nothing of the events in Hoboken and had not been apprised of the visit of the two New Jersey detectives.

Just before this new development came it was definitely established by County Physician Arthur P. Hasking of Hoboken that the section of a woman's leg found yesterday afternoon at Keansburg, N. J., twenty miles away from the places where the two fragments of the body were discovered, was a part of the same body.

Dr. Hasking articulated the stump of the left thigh at the hip and took that fragment of the leg with him to Keansburg to-day. There he found that the bone and tissue of the leg found yesterday fit the severed thigh exactly. The quality of the skin and circumference of the leg were the same.

The detectives are investigating the story of Louis Odone a conductor, living at No. 640 Fillmore avenue, Union Hill, N. J., whose run is on the trolley following the river road out of Weehawken, that on the night before the first fragment was found at Shadyside a man with two heavy grips boarded his car near North Bergen. Such an offensive odor came from the grips that Odone ordered the man to get off. The passenger protested that he was going to transfer to the Fort Lee line, but finally got off the car before the transfer point was reached. This was in the vicinity of Shadyside.

Husband Sure River Victim is His Missing Wife, The Evening World, 11 September 2013, page 1, column 4, and page 7, column 1.

Thriller Thursday - Slain Girl's Leg Found in Ocean at Keansburg, N. J.

Slain Girl's Leg Found in Ocean at Keansburg, N. J.

Upper Part of Right Limb Washed Ashore, Unwrapped, Many Miles from Place Torso Was Picked Up.

Surgeons Say Member Shows Expert Use of Knife and Saw - Carved Away Close to Hip, with Lower Cut Just Above Knee.

Ella Sternemann Living

Woman Thought Murdered Traced to Long Island by Tribune Reporter - Eccentric Father Sent to Psychopathic Ward - Police Seek Armenian.

The upper part of the right leg of the young woman whose torso, in two parts, was found in the Hudson River last week was washed ashore from the ocean at Keansburg, N. J., yesterday afternoon.

The leg showed the same skilful use of the saw and knife that characterized the cutting of the torso. It was cut away from the body close to the hip, and the lower cut was just below the knee.

This caused the police to believe the murderer carved his victim into seven parts. The torso was cut into two parts, and it was evident that each leg was cut into two parts, making six. The head would make up the seventh.

Unlike the parts of the torso, the leg had no wrapping about it.

The two young men who found the fragment of the leg, Irving Brounder and Norman Carhart, told Coroner H. R. Fay, and this official, after examining the limb, said it was without doubt that of a young woman approximately twenty-five years old, and had been in the water not more than a week.

Clean Amputation.

Dr. Edwin Fields, head surgeon of the Monmouth Memorial Hospital, at Long Branch, made an examination of the thigh at the Red Bank morgue. He said there was a clean amputation with a saw of the thigh in the upper third section at the small trochanter, and another amputation through the leg just below the articulation of the knee joint.

The thigh was fourteen inches long and seven inches wide at the thigh end and five inches wide at the knee end. While preserved to some extent by the salt water, Dr. Fields said it could not have been in the water many days.

Detective Charlock, of the staff of Prosecutor Hudspeth of Hudson County, last night said the description of the leg seemed to indicate that is was severed from the torso now lying in Volk's morgue, in Hoboken. Coroner Fay, who ordered the leg taken to Red Bank, gave permission for the Hudson County authorities to take it to Volk's morgue to-day.

Inspector Faurot, who is in charge of the New York detectives working on the case, as soon as he learned of the find, sent two of his men to Keansburg. They had instructions to hire a boat and make an all night search of the shore where the leg was found, in the hope that other parts of the body were there.

Armenian Being Sought.

An effort was being made last night to see H. Baloin, an Armenian carpenter who lived with his daughter at No. 2527 Eighth avenue, in order to find out something in regard to the stains which a laundress at the Princess Laundry, Seventh avenue and 147th street, saw on a shirt: But at his home it was said he was away and left no word when he would return. His twenty-year-old daughter, who kept house with him, also was absent.

He was said by his neighbors and a brother, who lives at No. 310 East 40th street, that Baloin owned a farm on Staten Island, which was worked by his wife and children. He occasionally visited the farm at night, and had general supervision over it. Early each day it was his habit to return to the city and work as a carpenter. The description of Baloin, it was said, resembles to a degree that of the man who bought the tar paper from Hurwitz, the druggist at 147th street and Eighth avenue.

The stains on the shirt were like those made by blood, but it was said by Baloin when he took the shirt to the laundry that is was "mahogany" stain.

The police are anxious to find the Armenian.

Inspector Faurot yesterday said there was little hope of solving the murder until the slain woman's identity was established.

"There is one chance of our solving this mystery to-morrow afternoon," Inspector Faurot said last night. "What this clew is that we are at work on I am not at liberty to say. It looks good."

From a source close to the inspector it was learned that this clew had its origin in the neighborhood of George Sachs's second hand furniture store, at 147th street and Eighth avenue, where it is believed the pillow was purchased which was used by the murderer.

Ella Sternemann Found.

Faurot is banking his hopes on this clew, now that the police have found Ella Sternemann, whose father, Peter H. Sternemann, insisted was the murder victim.

Sternemann, who was arrested in the office of "The New York Herald" early yesterday morning as a material witness, as told exclusively in The Tribune, was committed to have his sanity determined.

Sternemann was taken to Volk's morgue in the afternoon by Detective Wood, of District Attorney Whitman's staff. He looked at the torso and said he "surmised" it was the body of his daughter Ella.
"But Ella is alive, and has just been seen at a relative's home in Fresh Pond, Long Island," said a reporter for The Tribune.

"That's funny," was the eccentric millinery pedler's reply. "I don't quite understand it."

"Why not go down there and see for yourself?"

"That's a tough bunch down there," he said, shaking his head. "If I went down there they would finish me."
He said he did not know if his daughter had a birthmark on her shoulder, such as possessed by the murdered woman.

"But I can find out from Mrs. Haimer. She lives somewhere around 27th street and Eighth avenue, New York. I can find out just where if I make a canvass of the Swiss stores in New York. She's a Swiss and everybody knows her."

Sternemann then rambled about his "enemies" and said he wanted a revolver, so that he could kill them if they bothered him. Then it was that Detective Wood suggested that he go to the men's night court to get the permit.

When he was arraigned before Magistrate Corrigan he shouted:

"I want a summons for my half brother, Henry Sternemann, of No. 304 North Terrace, Yonkers. I want him to produce the body of my daughter, Ella, whom I saw in the morgue to-day."

At the request of the District Attorney's representative Sternemann was committed to Bellevue's psychopathic ward for ten days.

Found by Tribune Reporter.

Ella Sternemann was found by a Tribune reporter at the home of John Rustmann, a distant relative, at No. 1583 Silver street, in the Fresh Pond district of Brooklyn.

The girl, nervous and hysterical, did not wish to talk about why Peter Sternemann, her father, was possessed of the idea that she was dead.

"I haven't seen my father for four years, since I left Schaeffer's place, in Third avenue," she said. "I didn't want him to know him to know where I was, for I was afraid of him on account of his 'queer' ways. I never tried to let him know where I was for that reason."

She was asked why her half-uncle, Henry Sternemann, had not sent word to her father that she was alive.
"My father was always bothering everybody in whose homes I worked, and I lost two or three jobs on that account. I was afraid he would find where I lived."

Paper Buyer Excited.

It was established almost beyond a doubt yesterday that the paper which was used to wrap the part of the woman's body was of the same make as that bought from S. H. Hurwitz, a druggist, of No, 2755 Eighth avenue. It was here that a man came one day early last week and called for two sheets of tar paper.

Significance is given to this from the fact that the druggist, while not able to give an accurate description of the purchaser, recalled that he seemed excited.

The druggist also recalled that the man asked the size of the paper. When told it measures 40 by 48 inches he without hesitation paid for two sheets. The fact that he did not make many sales of tar paper at this time of the year created an impression on the druggist. He said the man was in his early thirties, about 5 feet 11 inches in height, weighed about 150 pounds and was of dark complexion and in need of a shave. He was in his shirt sleeves, hatless, and his general appearance was untidy.

Byrd Walker, president of the White Tar Company, the manufacturers of the tar paper, said yesterday afternoon after examining the paper found around the second part of the woman's torso that he felt sure the paper was of the same make that was bought from Hurwitz. His opinion was shared by Jacob Scheuch, also an officer of the company.

"Tar paper is manufactured in a paper mill up the state." Mr. Walker said, "and is known as 'kraft' paper. This paper (referring to the piece of paper which had been used by the murderer) is of the identical fibre and texture as our tar paper.

"As to what effect the water might have on the printed brand and name of our firm on the paper I am not able to say. We have never had an occasion to put it to such as test. Offhand, however, I would say that water would not have a perceptible effect on the print, since the paper is stamped before the [illeg.] and tar preparation is applied."

This neighborhood, the police recalled yesterday, figured in the newspapers at the time the search was being made for the four gunmen, "Gyp the Blood," "Dago Frank," "Lefty Louie" and "Whitey Lewis," the murderers of Herman Rosenthal. Two of these man occupied a flat in Seventh avenue, a few blocks from the stores which so conspicuously figure in the present murder mystery. West from the Eighth avenue neighborhood in Colonial Park, which is on a slope between Bradhurst avenue and Edgecomb avenue.

Slain Girl's Leg Found in Ocean at Keansburg, N. J., New York Tribune, 11 September 1913, page 1, column 1, and page 3, column 6.

Thriller Thursday - Think Leg Found is River Victim's

Think Leg Found is River Victim's

Taken from Surf at Keansburg, N. J., Far from Place Where Torso Was Discovered.

New Developments To-Day

Predicted by Inspector Faurot - Ella Sternemann Found Alive and Positively Identified.

A section of a human leg fourteen inches long, extending from the thigh to below the knee, found floating in the surf yesterday in front of Morris's Pavilion, at Keansburg, N. J., is believed by the authorities of Hudson County, N. J., to belong to the dismembered body of a woman of which the torso has been recovered in two parts from the Hudson. Keansburg is about twenty miles from Woodcliffe, N. J., where part of the body was recovered.

H. C. Fay, Coroner of Monmouth County, who took charge of the find, said last night that the bone had been sawed through and that the work resembled that displayed in the dismemberment of the body in the Hudson County case. The size of the thigh, according to Coroner Fay, seemed to show that the victim was short. No identification marks appeared on the skin.

Inspector Faurot, in charge of the detectives searching for traces of the murderer in this city, said last night that several clues on which his men were working had come to nothing, but that they were all concentrating their efforts on the most promising lead that remained. The Inspector predicted important developments to-day.

The task on which Inspector Faurot's men are now engaged is believed to be that of tracing the purchaser of the pillow in which the upper part of the torso of the dismembered body was hidden. The pillow was sold by George Sachs, a furniture dealer at 2,762 Eighth Avenue, who had in stock the only twelve pillows ever manufactured of this size and material. Sachs had sold only two of these pillows, and the detectives yesterday found the woman who bought one of the pillows and satisfied themselves that she was in no way connected with the crime. If the other pillow can be traced, the detectives believe that the identity of the murdered girl and her slayer will be found without much difficulty.

Peter H. Sternemann, the milliner, who has sent many letters by special delivery to the authorities on both sides of the river, insisting that that murdered woman is his daughter, Ella, visited Volk's Morgue in Hoboken yesterday. After viewing the mutilated remains recovered from the river he said that he thought he recognized the body as that of his daughter.

While Sternemann was in the morgue at Hoboken work came that his daughter, Ella, had been found and was alive and well. When this intelligence was communicated to the old man, he said with surprise, "That's funny," and went on incoherently to recount reasons why he thought the news could not be true. The discovery that the girl was alive was made through New York detectives, Inspector Faurot said:
"Ella Sternemann called at the home of John Ruthman and Anna Ruthman, her uncle and aunt, at 1,582 Silver Street, Fresh Pond, L. I., this morning. She admitted her identity and was positively identified by her uncle and aunt.

"The young woman, who is 20 years old, was taken to the Ruthman home by Detective William J. Maher of the Glendale Station, Long Island. She is working as a servant, but I cannot disclose the address. She says she left her home because her father wanted too much of the money she earned. After she was positively identified, she returned to the place where she works."

Magistrate Corrigan in the Men's Night Court committed Peter Sternemann to the psychopathic ward at Bellevue last night for observation for ten days. Sternemann was persuaded to go to Night Court by detectives who urged him to apply for a permit to carry a revolver to protect himself against persons who, he said, were trying to murder him. Sternemann made no objection when the Magistrate ordered him to Bellevue.

Think Leg Found is River Victim's, The New York Times, 11 September 1913.

Thriller Thursday - Part of Woman's Leg Found in the Bay

Part of Woman's Leg Found in the Bay

Believed to Belong to Body of Victim Murdered and Dismembered.

No Identification Yet

Man in Richmond, Ind., Writes He Thinks She May Be His Missing Wife.

What may be the upper part of the right leg of the victim of the Hudson River murder mystery was picked up yesterday afternoon on the beach at Keansburg, N. J., on the southern shore of New York Bay inside the Hook. It was found by Norman Carhart and Irving Andrews of Morris's Pavilion at the foot of Main street.

The section was nude and came ashore with the tide. It had been cut off below the hip joint and just below the knee and was fourteen inches long. The work of cutting was clean and the bones had been sawed through as in the case of the bones of the dismembered body of the woman now at Volk's morgue, Hoboken, which were found at Shadyside and Weehawken.

The section thrown up by the sea was taken to Coroner W. C. Fay's morgue at Red Bank after the New York police had been notified of the find.

In order to determine beyond doubt if it belongs to the torso of the murder victim it will be sent to Hoboken and there fitted to the sawed off femur.

Keansburg officials who examined the find were of the opinion that it was part of the leg of a well developed woman of 19 or 20. The leg was in a good state of preservation, although it had apparently been in the water several days. Dr. Edwin Fields, head surgeon of the Monmouth Memorial Hospital, made an examination of the find at the Red Bank morgue last night. He said that there was a clean amputation of the leg with a saw in the upper third of the trochanter and another amputation through the leg just below the articulation of the knee joint. The part measures 14 inches in length and is seven inches wide at the thigh and five inches wide at the lower end.

Measurements Correspond.

Assistant County Physician Arthur P. Hasking of Hudson county telephoned to Coroner Fay last night the measurement of the torso stumps of the murdered woman. Fay said they corresponded with the measurements of the part of the leg in his possession. Dr. Hasking said in Jersey City last night that he is satisfied it belongs to the dismembered woman.

"I will go to Keansburg the first thing in the morning with my measurements." said Dr. Hasking. "If they agree with the measurements of that part of the leg found there, the find will be brought to Hoboken."

The detectives on the case hope that the work of identification of the murder victim will be simplified by finding the missing head. At present that are pinning a faint hope of an identification on the peculiar birthmark on the woman's shoulder.

In the case of the missing head, they are fearful that if it was cast into the water it will never reappear. Undertakers tell them that a sufficient amount of gas cannot form to cause it to rise.

North Bergen furnished yesterday what seems to be a clueless clue to the river mystery in a woman's bloodstained chemise found near the Jersey shore in Bergen county about a mile and a half above the spot where the first part of the woman's body was picked up. Chief of Police Marcy got a tip that a woman living near the riverfront had picked up the chemise on the night the upper torso was found and he sent Roundsman Emil Piel to investigate.

Woman's Garment Found.

He learned that the woman in cleaning up her grounds tossed the chemise on a pile of rubbish and touched a match to it. The garment was of ordinary material and had no laundry or other marks upon it that might lead to the identification of its wearer. The chemise was stained with what looked like blood around the neck, in the center and along the lower edges.

Poor old Peter Sterneman, the millinery agent, who insisted in a series of troubled letters to the authorities that he was sure the murdered woman was his daughter, Ella Sterneman, whom, he said, he hadn't seen in four years, was surrendered to the District Attorney's office yesterday. Assistant District Attorney Deacon Murphy had a long and interesting talk with the old man after Sterneman's enterprising "captors" of the day before, who spirited him away for publication purposes, got through with him.

Sterneman was taken to Volk's morgue in Hoboken in the afternoon by Detective Clinton Wood. As soon as he was shown some of he dead woman's hair, he said:
"That's my Ella."

Then they exposed the birthmark on the dead woman's right shoulder and the distressed old man shook his head and murmured:
"No, I don't know about that. I'll have to advertise in a Swiss paper for Mrs. Heimer. She can tell about the birthmark."

At this point Detective Wood and Detective Thomas McDonald of Prosecutor Hudspeth's office in Hudson county told Sterneman that District Attorney Whitman's office had been assured beyond a doubt that his daughter Ella was alive and well. She is employed as a domestic at Hazleton, L. I.
Sterneman Held in Night Court.

The old man, however, wasn't satisfied and when he came out of the morgue he solemnly said to the newspaper men:
"I think, gentlemen, she is my daughter, but I'm not sure." He added that if he could find Mrs. Heimer, who once lived at 25 Hague street, Jersey City, by advertising he was sure she could tell. Then he entered into a rambling story of his family difficulties and Detective Wood led him away.

Sterneman was taken back to New York where he was placed in charge of Sergt. Willense for arraignment in the night court.

Magistrate Corrigan committed him to the psychopathic ward at Bellevue Hospital for ten days for observation. In a trip around the city before going to court Sterneman pointed out several houses to Willense in which he said "lived men who had killed his daughter." He convinced the Magistrate that he was mentally deranged by asking in chambers for a permit to carry a pistol to protect himself against those enemies.

Among those who called at Volk's morgue yesterday with suspicions that they body there was that of a relative were Margaret Hayes of Brooklyn, who was looking for her sister, Mrs. Mary Flannigan, who dropped out of sight in November last. Miss Hayes was dressed in black and accompanied by her brother. She said that her sister had a scar on her shoulder where she had struck against a curtain, but after looking at the mark on the dead woman she told Prosecutor's Detective McDonald that she was satisfied that the body was not that of her sister.

Lack of New Clues.

The lack of new clues on which to work made desultory the investigation of the police yesterday in the neighborhood of Eighth avenue and 146th street, where the murder is believed to have been committed. Two detectives from Inspector Faurot's office made further attempts to find the purchaser of the pillow found with the upper torso of the murder victim and bought in the second hand store of George Sachs, 2762 Eighth avenue.

The clue of the moth tar paper, which was bought by a man in the drug store opposite Sachs's store and in which was wrapped the parts of the woman's body, also was followed up, but without success. The vague description of the man furnished by H. S. Hurwitz, the druggist, prevented the police from making headway. A house to house canvass failed to discover any woman missing who answered the description of the slain woman.

So far of all those women reported missing and who might be the murder victim the police are most inclined to believe the wife of a man in Richmond, Ind., may prove to be the murdered woman. Samuel Altman, a tailor of that town, was written to the police that the marks on the body found in the river tally with those which might be found on his missing wife, who ran away from him on August 26, bound for New York.

"The mark shaped live a triangle on the shoulderblade of the body might be an 'L' which was tattooed on my wife when she was young." Mr. Altman writes.

"Her maiden name was Lillian Carpenter. She also had the initials 'L. C.' tattooed in tiny letters on one hand and the initials 'T. P.' above the elbow on one arm.

"Much of our bed linen, which she took with her, is embroidered with an 'A' similar to that found on the pillow-case in which one section of the body was found."

Part of Woman's Leg Found in the Bay, The Sun, 11 September 91, page 7, column 1.

Thriller Thursday - Police Believe Murder Mystery Nears Solution

Police Believe Murder Mystery Nears Solution

Woman's Thigh and Bloodstained Undershirt Found.

Aged Eccentric is Eliminated

Two new, Important Clues Discovered in Search for Guilty Parties Throw Officers on New Trail, Which They Expect to Follow Successfully.

[Special to The Times-Dispatch.]

New York, September 10. - The new clues discovered in connection with the Cliffside murder mystery led the police to believe that a solution is in sight. A woman's thigh was found on the shore of Raritan Bay, at Keansburg, N. J., and almost simultaneously a bloodstained undershirt was found in the woods near Cliffside, about a mile from where the upper part of the torso of the murdered woman was found.

It was learned late to-night that a man's shirt, bearing stains that appeared to be blood, had been sent to the Princess Laundry at 2515 Seventh Avenue by a man giving the address of "H. Baloian, 2525 Seventh Avenue." It was found that Baloian is an Armenian carpenter about forty years of age, who lives part of the time on a small truck farm in Staten Island. Occasionally he occupies a flat on Eighth Avenue, near 147th Street, his twenty-year-old daughter acting as his housekeeper. He conducts a cabinet-making shop at the Seventh Avenue address, but has not been at the shop for three days. Neither he nor his daughter had been seen at the Seventh Avenue flat for several days past. Access could not be granted to the flat to-night.

Descriptions Agree.

Descriptions of Baloian given by neighbors tallied with that of the mysterious men who purchased tar paper from Druggist Horwitz last week.

Peter Sternemann, the eccentric letter writer, whose sensational kidnapping by two newspaper reporters posing as detectives, stirred the police of two States yesterday was practically eliminated from the case to-day. Sternemann's daughter, Ella, was located to-day at the home of a relative in Fresh Pond, L. I. She had found employment as a domestic and did not want her father to know where she was living, as he had brought about her discharge from several positions in the past, because of his interference with her work.

Sternemann was taken to the North Bergen morgue to-day and allowed to examine the two parts of the body found in the Hudson. After a careful scrutiny he said he could not be certain whether or not the body was that of his daughter. Later in the day the girl was located at Fresh Pond.

Still in Custody.

Sternemann is still in custody of the New York police, and Assistant District Attorney Murphy announced to-night that the man would be committed to Bellevue for observation as to his sanity. The man talked in a rambling disconnected manner to-day and insisted from time to time that the murdered girl was his daughter.

The discovery of the blood-stained undershirt was regarded by the police as the most important clue yet developed. It would seem to indicate that the murder was committed on the New Jersey side of the river and not in New York, as the police have believed until now.

Following the discovery of the bloodstained undergarment, one of the detectives working on the case said:
"This is the most important discovery so far. I cannot say more about it now, but I can say this much, it will enable us to solve the mystery."

Whether of not the severed thigh found at Keansburg to-day is that of the Cliffside victim will not be known until to-morrow, when it may be taken to the Hoboken morgue, where the severed torso is.

Cuts Made by a Saw.

To-night the gruesome relic was examined in the North Bergen morgue by Dr. Field, of the Monmouth Memorial Hospital. Dr. Field stated that there was a clean amputation of the thigh at the upper end and another amputation just below the articulation of the knee joint. Both cuts were clean, and had evidently been made by a saw. The severed limb is fourteen inches in length, and is seven inches wide at the upper end and five inches wide at the lower end. It was in good condition, having been preserved by the salt water. Dr. Field was of the opinion that it had not been in the water many days.

The blood-clotted undershirt was found early Saturday morning by Mrs. F. H. Geomann, wife of a druggist, whose place of business is on Lawton Avenue, Grantwood. Mrs. Geomann found the garment near her doorstep about 6 o'clock in the morning. About 2 o'clock she said she had been awakened by the sound of a man running or walking rapidly past the house. This was followed by the noise of an automobile going at top speed. The blood on the garment was still wet when it was found by Mrs. Geomann. It was not until to-day that she thought of reporting the discovery to the police. Alongside the Geomann store is a road leading to the river-front, where the first part of the torso was found.

Still Another Clue.

Still another clue was obtained to-day in the form of an inquiry by the mother of Lucy Smeads, aged twenty, of Keyport, N. J., who said she believed the victim might by her daughter, who had disappeared from home on June 1.

Samuel Altman, of Richmond, Ind., is reported to be on his way to New York, to try to identify the body as that of his wife, who left home on August 26 to come to New York.

Police Believe Murder Mystery Nears Solution, The Times Dispatch, 11 September 1913, page 1, column 4.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thriller Thursday - Leg of Woman Found

Leg of Woman Found, May be Part of Body Cast into the River

Picked Up Off Keansburg in Lower Bay, Twenty Miles From the Point Where Other Parts Were Discovered.

Sternemann Girl Alive, Talks With Detective.

Daughter of Letter Writer Says She Kept Silent in Order to Avoid Visits From Father.

A portion of a woman's leg, cleanly cut just below the hip at one end and just above the knee at the other, was found at Keansburg, N. J., by two young men this afternoon.

The leg was cast up by high tide on the beach near the Morris Pavilion just outside Keansburg. By the circuitous water route the spot where the leg was found was at least twenty miles from the place where the lower half of a murdered woman's body was found at Weehawken on Saturday an twenty-three miles from the spot where the upper portion of the torso washed ashore two days before.

Irving Broander and Norman Carhart found the relic. They reported the discovery to the local police and [coroner] Harry Fay of [Bed Bank?] was notified. He went over to take charge of the limb.

It is in an almost perfect state of preservation and the cuts at either end indicate that they were done by unusually sharp tools.

Hudson County Officials to Examine it.

Hudson County officials will go down to Keansburg to-night to view the leg and bring it back to compare it with the fragments of the body now in Hoboken morgue.

Assistant District-Attorney Murphy announced late this afternoon that he would apply at Night Court to have Peter Handel Sternemann committed to Belvue for observation as to his sanity.

Ella Sternemann, daughter of the ready letter writer, Peter Handel Sternemann, is not dead and lying in partially assembled fragments on a slab in the Hoboken Morgue as her father has insisted by letter and word of mouth.

She was interviewed to-day by Detective William Maher of the Glendale station in the home of John Ruthman, a distant relative, at No. 1583 Silver street, Fresh Pond, L. I. Ella Sternemann does not live there. She went by appointment, and only after much persuasion by the detectives, led by Ruthman and his family, to induce her to meet Maher and clear the mystery of her whereabouts.

The girl is working as a maid in a home somewhere in Greater New York. Ir was only upon the word of Inspector Faurot at Headquarters that her present address would not be revealed that she consented to meet the detectives at the home of Ruthman, one of whose daughters is the wife of John Sternemann, a half-brother of Peter of the ready pen.

Keeps Her Address Secret From Father.

Ella Sternemann told Maher she had not come forward sooner and revealed herself because she did not want her father to know where she was. She had been discharged from three or four positions in the past because her father had come around and interfered with her work, she said. Furthermore, she was tired of supporting him. He was prone to take all of her earnings for his own use.

"I have been away from my father for four years for the reason that he would not let me keep the money I earned." Ella Sternemann told Maher, "When my name began to appear in this murder mystery I was horribly shocked, but I did not dare clear up the mystery for fear my father would find out where I was.

Detective Thiel took to Weehawken headquarters this afternoon a woman's undershirt marked with what seemed to be bloodstains. It was found two days ago by a hut dweller who was afraid to tell the police about it until to-day. The shirt was lying under a board, back from the shore and about a mile from where the first piece of the body was found.

Following the opera-house "arrest" of Sternemann by three men purporting to be detectives, who took him from his home at No, 118 Globe avenue, Jamaica, shortly after midnight yesterday morning, Murphy found the eccentric milliner in the office of a morning paper at 2 o'clock this morning. The representative of the District-Attorney's office obtained only a rambling and semi-coherent statement from Sternemann.

Indiana Man Fears Victim Was His Wife.

Totally at a loss for definite clues either to the identity of the victim of the fiendish murder or the murderer or murderers, Inspector Faurot at Headquarters and the men working under him in co-operation with the Hudson County authorities eagerly seized upon a report from Richmond, Ind., which came early to-day, bearing the earmarks of a "good lead."

Samuel Altman, a tailor of Richmond, has sent a message here to the effect that the meagre marks of possible identification about the body and its wrappings tally exactly with those which might be found on his missing wife, who ran away from him on Aug. 26, bound for New York.

"The mark shaped like a triangle on the left shoulder-blade of the body might be an "L" which was tattooed on that spot on my wife's body when she was a younger girl," read Altman's message. "Her maiden name was Lillian Carpenter. She had the initials 'L.C.' tattooed in tiny letters on one hand and the initials 'F.F.' above the elbow on one arm.

"Much of our bed linen, which she took with her, is embroidered with an 'A' similar to that found on the pillow-case in which one portion of the body was found."

Along with the general knocking out of clues to-day was the collapse of the "bloody shirt" mystery. Morning papers commented upon the finding of a red stained shirt in the Princess Laundry at Seventh avenue and One Hundred and Forty-seventh street. Investigation showed that the garment was the property of one Baloin, a carpenter at No. 2527 Seventh avenue. The "blood" was plain mahogany polish.

Weehawken Authorities to Question Auto Owner.

The Weehawken authorities have summoned Van Brunt Tandy of No. 165 Seventeenth street, Brooklyn, to appear before them to-day and explain why an automobile, reported to bear the number 32,250, under which his machine is registered, was seen Friday night rushing away from the scene where the second part of the murdered woman's body was found subsequently. The Evening World investigated the rumor of the suspicious auto two days ago, before the Weehawken police learned it, and found that Mr. Tandy's machine was not in Jersey on the night reported.

It is admitted by the detectives that although they have several clues, they have accomplished practically nothing toward clearing up the mystery. The more they delve into the case, however, the more convinced are they that the young woman was slain somewhere in the vicinity of Eighth avenue and One Hundred and Forty-sixth street.

Their latest discovery points to a man about 5 feet 7 inches in height, with a stubby black mustache, as a suspect. He is described as about fifty years old, and his supposed connection with the case is based on the fact that he bought two sheets of tar paper such as was wrapped around parts of the torso, from S. H. Hurwitz, a druggist, on No. 2755 Eighth avenue, early last week.

Hurwitz's store, near One Hundred and Forty-seventh street, is almost directly across the street from George Sach's place, where the pillow ticking was obtained. Hurwitz remembers the purchase of the paper because it was the first time in months that any of it had been called for and because of the actions of the purchaser.

The man was of dark complexion, with a stubby growth of beard, was bare-headed and in his shirt sleeves. He was in such a hurry he would not wait to have the paper wrapped up. The detectives assume that he must have gone to the nearest drug store, which makes them confident from the purchase at those places of the paper and of the ticking, two of the materials used by the murderer, that the woman was slain near there. The drug stores nearest Hurwitz's place are on Eight avenue, between One Hundred and Forty-fifth and One Hundred and Forty-ninth streets, on Seventh avenue at One Hundred and Forty-sixth and One Hundred and Forty-eighth, at Bradhurst avenue and One Hundred and Fifty-second street, and at St. Nicholas avenue and One Hundred and Forty-fifth street. The police believe it will be found that the murder was committed with the territory bounded by these drug stores.

Leg of Woman Found, May be Part of Body Cast into the River, The Evening World, 10 September 1913, page 1, column 1, and page 2, column 3. 

Thriller Thursday - Girl Killed Thursday

Girl Killed Thursday; Scalp Seen in River

Boy Makes Grewsome Find Off Staten Island, But Runs in Terror.

Pillow Slip is Traced.

Dealer Tells of Woman Buyer, but He Sold One Also to Man Not Regular Customer.

The police now believe they have evidence that the slayer of the young woman whose torso was found on the New Jersey bank of the Hudson River began to dispose of the body as early was Thursday. They got this opinion when they heard the story of John Reid, a young Manhattan boy.

Detective Charlock, of County Prosecutor Hudspeth's office, in Jersey City, found the boy at his home, at No. 2799 Eighth avenue. Young Reid told the detective that while he was fishing off Kreischerville, Staten Island, on Thursday afternoon, he saw the scalp of a woman floating in the water.

Not knowing what it was, he reached for it, but on seeing it close at hand he threw it back in horror. He described it as being the entire scalp of a woman, with long, dark brown hair, about eighteen inches long.

This would correspond with the description of the hair of Sternemann's daughter Ella, which her father described as dark brown.

The boy said that when he learned he had seen a human scalp he rowed back to the shore and told his story to Anthony Elders, a retired policeman, with whom he was stopping. Elders was not at home last night, but others in the house said they had not heard of the story before they were told by newspapermen.

When Inspector Faurot heard the story he ordered a police launch to the scene and search was instituted in the hope that the scalp would be found.

The locating of the second hand furniture at 147th street and Eighth avenue, kept by George Sachs, where two pillows with the same fancy ticking as was used by the murderer in wrapping up the two parts of the torso were purchased, caused the police to make a canvass of the neighborhood.

Frank E. Bennet and William Charlock, detectives from the Hudson County Prosecutor's office, and some of the local police are inclined to believe the murder was committed at some place in the neighborhood of Sachs's store.

A police official at New York Headquarters last night held a different view, and said it was his opinion that the murder was committed in New Jersey, in the vicinity of Shadyside, where a part of the torso was found Friday. The official was not inclined to give his reasons for his theory.

Sold Brown Moth Paper.

Another discovery of the police which they hope will lead to a clew [sic] is the fact that S. H. Hurwitz, a druggist, almost directly opposite Sachs's store, recalled having sold dark brown moth paper, not unlike that used in wrapping up the torso, to a man early last week.

The paper is somewhat darker in color than that used by the murderer, but the police are now making tests that they hope will establish whether the action of the salt water would bleach it and obliterate the name of the maker, which shows on the paper sold by Hurwitz.

Hurwitz said that some time during the early part of the week - he is not sure of the day - a man about thirty years old, 5 feet 11 inches in height and weighing 150 pounds, and in his shirt sleeves, bought two pieces of moth paper.

Another purchaser of this same sort of paper, it was learned yesterday, went to the drug store of H. S. Rehn, at No. 2516 Seventh avenue, which is near 147th street, at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday. The proprietor described the buyer as a girl about twenty-five years old, 5 feet 6 inches in height and weighing about 140 pounds. He said that she came in without a hat, breathless and much excited, and hurried out without waiting to have it wrapped up.

When the makers of the papers were asked yesterday afternoon if salt water would bleach it they said they could not say.

The finding of Sachs so far has not led to anything tangible. Sachs bought a dozen of the pillows from the Robinson-Roder Company, of Newark. Two of these he sold to strangers. One he remembers selling to a middle-aged woman, whom he does not know, for 80 cents. Since he made the purchase of a dozen of the pillows from the Newark firm he has sold ten pillows in all.

Sachs had the named and addresses of eight of these purchasers. Seven of them were found, but none had the pillow in which the police were interested. The eighth is a Japanese named Haski, who moved from No. 251 West 145th street two months ago. He is now living somewhere in a furnished room in West 110th street.

Sachs believes that he sold the two pillows with the fancy ticking to strange people. He could recall that one was the middle-aged woman, but his memory is a blank as to the purchaser of the second.

False Clews Run Down.

Scores of detectives at work in each of the boroughs were bending all their energies yesterday toward unravelling the mystery. No less zealous were the police of Bergen and Hudson counties, in New Jersey.

Nothing of any real value was discovered, and the police were kept busy running down false clews.

The New York police are now inclined to the theory that the girl was murdered in New Jersey, while the police of New Jersey say the crime was committed in New York.

At Police Headquarters in this city last night one high official said he believed the scene of the murder was in New Jersey. He would not give his reasons.

Inspector Faurot, in charge of the Bureau of Criminal Identifications, received a call over the telephone at noon yesterday.

A man's voice announced that Ella Sternemann might be found concealed in a house at Fresh Pond, Long Island, if the police would display a little energy. After saying the girl might be found at Ruthman's bakery, at No. 1583 Silver street, the man hung up the receiver.

It was found out later that the man telephoned from "Harlem 379," and the police say they learned that his name was A. A. Schaffer. Inspector Faurot communicated with the police at Fresh Pond, and Detective Van Weidenstein, of the Glendale avenue station, made an inquiry.

At Ruthman's bakery the owner said Ella Sternemann was not there, but that she was employed there two years ago. He said she was a pretty girl and very conscientious in her work, but that she decided to leave and try to find easier work. She got a place in a silk mill in the neighborhood, but found the work even harder, and left after two days.

Charged Girl Was Poisoned.

Schaffer went to the bakery yesterday morning without coat or hat, dishevelled [sic] and greatly excited, Ruthman said, and accused him of keeping the Sternemann girl shut up there. Ruthman put him out. This was only one of a number of false leads received by the police.

The police at Weehawken were informed over the telephone last night that a trunk containing the head and arms of a woman had been washed ashore at Shadyside, where the first part of the torso was found.

The police placed no confidence in the information, for they knew a water-logged trunk had been lying on the beach at that point for more than two weeks. Lieutenant Kennell was sent to investigate, and all he found was the trunk he expected to find, with nothing but water in it.

Another "tip" came from Spring Valley, N. Y. From there the Weehawken police received a postcard signed Mrs. Elsie Thoms. It said Mrs. Thoms's daughter Lulu eloped with a dentist's helper of Hoboken in June. Mrs. Thoms said she believed the murdered girl whose body is in Volk's morgue was her daughter.

A detective was sent to Spring Valley, where he found the mothers had built her belief on the idea that there was a single mole on the left shoulder of the murdered woman.

A man called up Volk's morgue in the afternoon and said his name was Anderson. He asked for a description of the body. He would not give any particulars of himself, but said he would visit the morgue this afternoon at 4 o'clock. He was particularly anxious to learn all about the pillow slip with the embroidered "A," which was used by the murderer to wrap up one part of the torso.

There were two visitors at Volk's morgue yesterday who asked to see the torso. One was a well dressed woman, who when she got a description from one of the custodians said the body was not that of a missing friend.

The other visitor was a woman of eighty, who said she was Mrs. Connors, of No. 232 West 16th street, Manhattan. She said her daughter, Mrs. Margaret Gales, forty years old, had been missing for two months. She was not permitted to see the torso, for the reason that the murdered woman was not more than twenty-five years old.

Look for Red Automobile.

The police also ran down a story that early Friday morning a black and a red touring car, bearing a New York license tag, was driven down Hudson Boulevard and turned into a narrow road that led to the beach at Shadyside at a point near where the first part of the torso was found that afternoon. There were three men in each car.

The New Jersey police have almost completed a canvass of all pleasure craft on their side of the river, but as yet have found none which indicated that it was used by the murderer.

Sergeant Michael Lyons, of the Weehawken Detective Bureau, made tests yesterday in the Hudson at high tide to determine id an object of the buoyancy of the two sections of the torso would drift from the Manhattan shore at a point near Spuyten Duyvil Creek to the shores of Shadyside and Cliffside.

The tests were not altogether satisfactory. While the current carried the objects toward the shore, bits of driftwood prevented them from reaching shallow water. So battered around were the objects of the test, which were wrapped and tied in the manner in which the torso was packed, that much of the wrapping was removed from them.

Sergeant Lyons said that if the same conditions prevailed when the parts of the torso were thrown into the Hudson, if thrown in at the Manhattan side, as obtained yesterday the thick paper would have been torn.

Dr. George W. Schlemm [sic] King, the County Physician who performed the autopsy, said last night that he had ordered an inquest to be held. He said that the skin showing the birthmarks on the left shoulder would be preserved. Coroner Schlemm said that he would impanel a jury as soon as the necessary witnesses could be rounded up.

[By Telegraph to The Tribune]

Syracuse, Sept. 9 - Miss Jeannette Genevieve Norman, though to be the New Jersey murder victim, by some publicity experts, is with Prince Ismail in a Hindu show at the New York State Fair. She came here on Friday, having taken the Manhattan Line boat from New York to Albany. She says her friends in New York know where she is and they have no reason to believe she is in Volk's morgue in Hoboken.

Miss Norman says she was with Prince Ismail at Palisades Park until July 4, when she went to Boston to visit her sister and cousin, remaining two weeks, until Friday. She says she boarded at No. 136 West 129th street. She says she has been with Prince Ismail nearly two years. Miss Norman is doing a levitation illusion act.

Girl Killed Thursday; Scalp Seen in River, New York Tribune, 10 September 1913, page 2, column 3.