Son of Thomas C. and Mary Ann (Stigleman) Pritchett. Grandson of John Pritchett.
from the Republican for Sept. 24, 1891:
The last Republican contained a notice of the death of Arthur Pritchett, son of Thomas Pritchett of Mont Clair, presumably by suicide according to the verdict of the Marion county coroner. The remains of the unfortunate young man were brought to his father's home and before burial an examination was conducted by Dr. Johnson of Lizton and Dr. White of Danville which disclosed the fact that the body bore the marks of many bruises and that the neck was broken and that the forehead bore scars apparently made by a boot heel.
A special to the Journal announced these facts and an investigation was begun Friday. William Pritchett, a brother of Arthur, I. J. Mendenhall, William Neaville and H. B. Leek went to Indianapolis to aid in the investigation.
It appears that Pritchett was found dead in the wood shed of the house of a Mr. Miller in Indianapolis. Pritchett has married Miller's niece and had had trouble with her although he was deeply attached to her and in his trouble he was heard to threaten self destruction. Pritchett was last seen alive about eleven o'clock Monday night by Mrs. Miller who says that no marks of violence were to be seen then.
At the undertaking establishment in Indianapolis, W. H. Adams who, with the assistance of William Wallace, prepared the body of Pritchett for burial, was very positive there were no marks of violence. He had washed the body, he said, and was very positive there were no cuts nor bruises. The body was the most rigid he had ever handled. Mr. Adams contended that the head inclined to one side with such perverseness as to resist all attempts to straighten it. The idea that Pritchett's neck was broken did not occur to him and the fact that his head was inclined to one side and remaining there he accounted for on the theory that was its position when he fell and in that position the muscles became set and stiffened.
Coroner Manker is still of the opinion that Pritchett died of morphine poisoning, although he admits that any statement made by the Hendricks county physicians named above with whom he is acquainted is entitled to weight and respect. Coroner Manker states that in cases of morphine poisoning the blood collects in clots under the skin, and this with the process of quick mortification, might give the body the appearance of having been beaten. The coroner stated further that he had not suspected a dislocation of the neck, although such a thing is possible. He believed that if Pritchett's neck was broken it was broken by his falling in the wood shed.
The police are not inclined to take any stock in the theory that Pritchett was murdered, and are taking no steps for the apprehension of a supposed murderer.
Thomas C. Pritchett (1826 - 1906)
Mary Ann Stigleman Pritchett (1834 - 1906)
John J. Pritchett (1853 - 1874)*
William Milton Pritchett (1854 - 1929)*
Nancy Ellen Pritchett McCord (1860 - 1959)*
Charles P. Pritchett (1864 - 1908)*
Louisa Jane Pritchett Trotter (1865 - 1961)*
Lewis Hamilton Pritchett (1868 - 1931)*
Arthur Pritchett (1868 - 1891)
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Record added: Mar 15, 2008
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