|Birth: ||Mar. 18, 1848|
|Death: ||Feb. 4, 1877|
A Blood Curdling Homocide
A Woman's Throat Cut From Ear to Ear!
The Perpetrator Probably Insane.
A terribly shocking murder was committed in Liberty Township, on last Sunday evening by John Alexander, who resides in the west part of that township. The victim was his sister-in-law, Mrs.Sarah Alexander, wife of Milton Alexander. On the same day that the homocide was committed the murderer passed the decased in the road, muttering something which she didnot understand. When he had proceeded a few feet he turned around and said: "Are you afraid I'll shoot you?" She replied: "No, I am not afraid of you." He then went to the house of a neighbor and sharpened the knife with which he subsequently commited the deed. On the evening above named, about four o'clock, he went to his brother's residence. There was no one at home except his mother, who is an old woman of seventy years, a youth of some sixteen, and hisbrother's wife, the person murdered. On entering, Alexander bid the boy go out of the room for some purpose he named, which he obeyed. Alexander then, without saying anything, laid hold of the woman, and hismother seeing that hisintentions were violent ran to her assistance. In her attempt to save herdaughter-in-law her fingers were seriously cut with the knife and she was thrown down in such a way as to seriously burn one of her hands in the fire which she was near. The od lady thinks she would havebeen able to rescue the victim, but for the injuries she received, by the fall and otherwise, and the time lost by them. The cutting at the woman's throat was done partly in the house and partly outside the door, where he had carried the unfortunate woman. Outside the house he threw her upon her face, holding her down with one hand, while the other, with hisknife in it, he thrust under her neck to its opposite side, and drawing it toward him, cut her throat from ear to ear, severing both jugular veins, roducing almost instant death! During the struggle, the youth above mentioned returned when Alexander turned and said to him, sharply: "Damn you!" whwn he being alarmed, went out as soon as he could and gave the alarm. Immediatly after the killing, Alexander went to his sister's which was near, and got into the haymow, where he remained a short time, when he went to the houseof Mr. Park Gardner, about two miles from the scene of the shocking deed. At Gardner's he entered the gate, leaving it open, passing round to the backdoor, leaving that open also, he went in without knocking and sat down near to Gardner. He said; "Well I've done it." "Done what?" said Gardner "I've killed the d--d-----." "Killed whom?" Alexander then made a pretty full statement of what he had done. Soon he started up, saying: "I want to go to bed." He immediately went up stairs and threw himself down upon a bedstead, upon which had been piled a considerable quantity of rags. Here he was found when the arrest was made, Mr. Gardner, in the meantime having got from him a revolver, and the knife with which he had done the bloody deed. An inquest was held by Deputy Coroner Samuel Campbell, which disclosed the above facts. There seems to be a very general opinion that Alexander is insane. We should be inclined to discredit an averment of this kind, made just after such a shocking homicide, were it not that there was serouis talk in the neighborhood, of taking steps to inquire as to his sanity and to restrain him of his liberty, if the facts should bear out there fears. How much better it would have been if thishad resulted in something more than talk. Our account of this matter is derived from various sources, and may not becorrect in all particulars; but in the main it probaly is.
Appeared in the newspaper February 1877
Milton Alexander (1844 - 1906)*
Mississinewa Memorial Cemetery
Created by: Daniel Somerlot
Record added: Dec 15, 2008
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