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Crossville Chronicle October 6, 1932
Albert Anderson, 37, was shot and killed Tuesday night at 11:30 at his home by some unknown person. He staggered from his sleeping room to the filling station near the Ragland & Potter wholesale house where he died in a few minutes before he could give much information.
Everett Henry and some other persons were at the Cumberland Auto Company and heard several shots fired and immediately heard someone crying out for help. They rushed to the filling station and found Mr Anderson had slumped to the ground. He was asked who shot him and replied in a rather incoherent and by waving his hands indicated that he did not know who had shot him. He was asked which way the person went who shot him. He motioned west on No 1 Highway and said something about a car. It was inferred the person had driven away in that direction in a car after the shooting. Mr Anderson was shot in the bowels with a .32 calibre ball which entered a few inches from the navel but did not pass out of his body. That leads to the conclusion that the shot must have been fired from close range. It is thought that more than one shot was fired at Mr Anderson as he was staggering from his sleeping room, a short distance to the rear of his residence near the filling station. Only one ball hit him.
One bullet was found in the siding of the house near the corner to the left of the window where the killer is supposed to have stood.
An investigation of his sleeping room which is located a few feet to the rear of his restaurant disclosed that the shot had been fired through the window in the rear of the room. It seemed to indicate that Mr Anderson had been standing at the side of one of the beds in the room and that his attention had been attracted and as he turned facing the window the shot was fired. There are 2 beds in the room, in one of which his 2 small children slept.
Dr V L Lewis made an examination of the body and testified before the Coroner's Jury summond by Coroner H D Shaver that the bullet entered the body about 2" above the navel and 4" to the left and ranged in a generally level direction toward the backbone. The bullet cut the large artery from the heart and then struck the backbone and was deflected in some direction which the doctor was unable to determine. He did not find the bullet.
All the witnesses testified that they had never known of the deceased having been involved in any trouble, especially within one year.
The deceased came to this country from Italy some years ago and married in Fentress county. He moved his family here a few years ago. His wife died after coming to Crossville and left 2 small children, a boy and a girl, ages 10 and 8. His wife died about 3 years ago. Last November he married Miss Cora Gist, Grassy Cove. About 2 years ago he built the restaurant building on a lot he owned and had been operating it since. After coming to Crossville, he operated a blacksmith shop for some time.
It is claimed that he and his second wife had become estranged and that she had been spending her nights at Hotel Taylor. She was seen to pass the Cumberland Auto Company a few minutes before Mr Anderson was shot, going to Hotel Taylor. After the shooting she came to where the body lay and said she had left the restaurant only a short time before and that when she left everything was all right.
It is said that he had a brother and sister in this country somewhere in the northern states. A Mr Smith, in Fentress county, is said to know more about Mr Anderson and his folks than any person in this section.
The body was taken to the funeral parlor of Bilbrey Brothers and will be buried in the City cemetery today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. by the side of his first wife.
The deceased was liked and respected by all who knew him here as he had been an industrious and quiet citizen who met all his bills and seemed eager to be on friendly terms with everyone.
Cora Gist Swallows (1907 - 1982)
Anna Garrett Anderson (1904 - 1927)*
Crossville City Cemetery
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