Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thriller Thursday - Guiltless in Louisville


Guiltless in Louisville

Schmidt Not Connected with Slaying of Little Girl.

Louisville, Sept. 15 - Investigation here to-day failed to establish any connection of the Rev. Hans Schmidt, held in New York for the murder of Ann Aumuller, with the murder in Louisville of eight year-old Alma Kellner, whose mutilated body was found in the basement of St. John's Catholic Church on May 20, 1910, almost six months after her disappearance. Schmidt was visiting in Louisville as the guest of the Rev. H. B. Westermann, pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, at the time of the Kellner girl's disappearance.

The manner in which the girl's body was cut into pieces and disposed of, being similar to the methods employed in the murder of Anna Aumuller, caused the suspicion that Schmidt might have been connected with the Kellner murder, for which crime Joseph Wendling, former janitor of St. John's Church, is serving a life sentence in the penitentiary at Frankfort, Ky.

Guiltless in Louisville, The New York Tribune, 16 September 1913, page 2, column 4.