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James Farrell

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death 9 Jul 1905 (aged 42)
Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Larksville, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 101993090 · View Source
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MURDER AND SUICIDE BY INSANE MAN NEAR PLYMOUTH
    After killing his cousin, James Farrell, in the Jackson township woods, John Lee, an insane man, slashed his throat with a razor and was found dead beside his victim's body yesterday morning by Mr. Farrell's daughters, Rose and Alice. They had been in the woods picking berries with their father and leaving him but a few minutes, returned, finding him brutally butchered.
    Lee, whose home was in Jackson township, had been recently discharged from the insane asylum at Danville, apparently cured. His relatives believe that he suddenly became demented and with a desire for murder, committed the atrocious crime. He and Farrell were good friends and there was no provocation for the murder.
    From the story told by Farrell's children, they left their home in Plymouth early yesterday morning to pick berries in the woods near Chase, Jackson township. It was their intention to spend the day at McNally's farm house, a relative. Within a mile or two of their destination the father left the two little girls under the brow of a hill, while he climbed to the top, evidently with the intention of gaining a view of the surrounding country. As he gained the vantage point he encountered Lee, who was armed with a big hickory club and a razor.
    Farrell's daughters saw Lee before the crime was committed brandishing the razor, and the elder girl, believing that something was going to happen, persuaded her sister to go in search of her father. When they found him several minutes later he was dead, while Lee lay close to his side with his throat cut.
    The appearance of the place where the bodies were found told of a desperate struggle. The club which Lee first used was broken in three places, and the grass and trees were bespattered with blood. Farrell's body had several stab wounds, his face in particular hying horribly mutilated. In committing suicide Lee cut his throat from ear to ear.
    The girls hurried to their uncle's house and notified him of the crime, after which they returned to their home. Coroner Dodson was also notified and upon investigating said that Lee committed the murder and then killed himself.
    Lee was a former resident of Plymouth and lived at the lower end of that town. Since his release from the asylum had been at McNally's farm for his health. James Farrell, the murdered man, was 44 years of age and had been chief of police in Plymouth. He is survived by a wife and five children, Rose, Alice, Julia, Helen and Edward, the three latter being quite young, and also his mother, Mrs. Catherine Farrell, and the following sisters: Miss Rose and Mrs. Reese, wife of Hon, P. P. Reese, and Miss Julia Farrell, all at home; Mrs. Patrick McNulty, of Wilkes-Barre; Mrs. Thomas Delaney, of Danville; Mrs. John Lee, of Ceasetown, and Mrs. James Brennan, and two brothers, John and Thomas Farrell, of Plymouth. The funeral will take Mare from the residence of his brother John on Vine street.
(Wilkes-Barre Record, 10 Jul 1905)


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  • Created by: Steve225
  • Added: 10 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101993090
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Farrell (Sep 1862–9 Jul 1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101993090, citing Saint Vincent DePaul Cemetery, Larksville, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Steve225 (contributor 47927528) .