|Birth: ||May 9, 1919|
|Death: ||Aug. 19, 1952|
Daughter of Edwin Frederick and Martha Agnes (Kipp) Schmidt. She married George Edward Grammer. They had three children. In a bench trial, her husband was found guilty of murder by October 24, 1952.
The Daily Inter Lake (Montana)
Monday, September 1, 1952
COPS STRIP ‘ACCIDENT' COSTUME
OFF ATTEMPTED ‘PERFECT CRIME'
Baltimore – Maryland police, who stripped the accident masquerade costume off a brutal killing, are charging a quiet New York office manager with the almost perfect slaying of his Sunday school teacher wife.
The plot that police said led to the death of Dorothy May Grammer, 33, would do credit to a mystery novel.
It was so engineered that the woman appeared to have died in a traffic accident – actually witnessed by two Baltimore city policemen.
G. Edward Grammer and the woman he is accused of beating to death seems strangely out of character in the story unfolded on a Baltimore police docket. He was charged with murder.
She is described by neighbors in the well-ordered Bronx apartment community where she lived as a "sweet, nice person," a woman "without an enemy in the world."
Grammer, who sometimes served as an usher in the Methodist church they attended, is described as a quiet man by his neighbors.
Her body was found in an overturned car early this morning of Aug. 20 on a Taylor ave. hill near Towson, Md., where the couple had been living since the recent death of her father.
Two policemen had seen the car careening wildly down the hill, the engine roaring at full throttle. The wheels of the car were still spinning when they removed the woman's body.
It appeared to be a routine highway tragedy, brought on by too much speed and poor control.
Yet the woman's battered body didn't seem to match up very well with the moderately damaged condition of the car in the view of police.
Blood stains in the car didn't run the way they should, when the tipped position of the car was considered and there were too few bruises on the woman's body and too many gashes on her head.
Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Russell S. Fisher pointed out that dead bodies do not bruise. And, he said, there was nothing in the car that should have caused the deep cuts and gashes on her forehead.
There weren't even any broken windows. Besides, a pebble had been forced under the accelerator to keep it down.
Orders Charges Placed
His verdict – murder. State's Attorney Anselm Sodaro Sunday night ordered the charges to be placed.
Sodaro said investigators had the weapon with which Mrs. Grammer was beaten to death. He described it only as a "blunt instrument."
Edwin F Schmidt (1899 - 1952)
Martha Agnes Kipp Schmidt (1898 - 1978)
George Edward Grammer (1917 - 1954)
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