|Death: ||Jan. 14, 1880|
Husband of Elizabeth Benton.
Cause of death: mania-apoplexy
He was married again at the time of his death.
Middle name spelled Luzern or Luzerne; he is listed with this as his first name in newspaper accounts of his first wife's death, and on their wedding record. Elizabeth Bingley and George Luzern Benton married March 16, 1871 Cuyahoga Co, OH.
From The Cleveland Leader, Saturday Jan. 3rd, 1880
Death of George L. Benton
George L. Benton, whose first wife was one of the Adin victims, died yesterday in the asylum, where he had been confined for some months. His case was regarded as incurable and his death had been expected for several days.
From The Cleveland Leader, Saturday, January 3, 1880
I.O.O.F. – Officers and members of Cleveland Lodge No. 31 I.O.O.F. are hereby notified to appear at Odd Fellows Hall, No. 34 Public Square, at 1:30 P>M>, Sunday, January 4, 1880, to join in the funeral services of our late brother, George L. Benton. Members of sister lodges are invited to attend. By order of W.H. NEWTON, N.G. G.A.RANDALL, per Secretary.
William and Barbara Adin ran a peanut stand on Superior before he began work as an expressman and she began to run a small grocery store. Their marriage was a happy one until sometime in the early 1870s, when William suddenly became aggressively violent towards and mistrustful of his family. His stepdaughter, Hattie McKay, became very afraid of him and moved in with friends Elizabeth and George Benton. Barbara briefly left William, only to move back in with him a short time later. On April 4th, 1875, William inexplicably exploded in rage, killing Barbara. He then drove to the Bentons', killing Hattie and then Elizabeth when she tried to help her friend. Adin was found guilty of the murders and executed in 1876.
The full story may be read in John Stark Bellamy II's book, "The Killer in the Attic."
See Elizabeth's memorial for period accounts.
Elizabeth A Bingley Benton (1845 - 1876)
Plot: sect. 53, lot 48
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Originally Created by: Russell
Record added: Sep 19, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58902159