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|SueM||RE: Fanny Atcherley|
On it's way with 2 photos and link to death notice for you.
Added by SueM on Mar 13, 2014 2:16 PM
|SueM||RE: Fanny Atcherley|
Hi Steve, not a problem at all. Would you like me to email you a copy of the photo?
Added by SueM on Mar 13, 2014 1:34 PM
|Richard Boyer||RE: Benjamin Roger Atcherley|
You can use the photo however you wish.
|Marnie Weeks||RE: John Atcherley in Honolulu|
Thanks for the reply. I should have known you were on top of it, because your site is amazing. Thanks for telling me the end of the story. I can't imagine having the guts or energy to do half of what that fellow did in his life! Continued success with your work; I've enjoyed visiting.
|Marnie Weeks||John Atcherley in Honolulu|
Aloha. I had the good fortune to claim and fulfill your Atcherley photo requests for Diamond Head cemetery in Honolulu. I looked into John because I was curious about the initials after his name. He had quite a colorful time here in Hawaii. In 1909 he wrote a pamphlet called "Causation of Leprosy" in which he postulated leprosy had a dietetic cause and was not contagious. You may know that leprosy was in Hawaii for many decades and those affected were exiled to Kalaupapa (Leper Colony)on Molokai, a peninsula completely unreachable except by boat. It was a hot emotional issue. Dr. Atcherley, who was said to be delusional from cocaine use by his accusers, was convinced another doctor had stolen his leprosy cure, so he went to the man's house and fired five wild gunshots into it. No one was hurt, but complaints of paranoia were filed, naming him a danger to society. He ended up on trial. From a book of decisions of the Hawaii Supreme Court: "On July 20, 1909, the district magistrate of Honolulu, after trial, found that Dr. John Atcherley... was insane and that the public safety required his restraint until he should become of sound mind, and made an order committing the petitioner [Atcherley] to the Insane Asylum in Honolulu, Oahu, there to remain until he should become of sound mind or be discharged according to law." This is the decision on his appeal. As I read the decision, they didn't seem to agree with his claim, but I am no lawyer. I searched the old newspapers available online at US Library of Congress ("Chronicling America" collection) and found wonderful accounts of his trial. As to when he was released and how or if his case was resolved, I leave that to you to dig up. (Note that he was in Hawaii in 1909, which differs from the years you have.) Sorry to make this so long ... when you have time, you'll find this man an interesting subject to research!
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