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 Ray Lamphere

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Ray Lamphere

Birth
La Porte County, Indiana, USA
Death
30 Dec 1909 (aged 39)
Michigan City, La Porte County, Indiana, USA
Burial
La Porte, La Porte County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID
112385917 View Source

Citation from http://laporteigt.webs.com/somenotablecemeteries.htm :

After his death, Lamphere was buried in Rossburg Cemetery on Hwy. 20 and Wilhelm Rd.

Sister: Mrs LH Finley of LaPorte, who received his body at her home after he died and had his funeral there.
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LAMPHERE MAKES NO CONFESSION AT DEATH

Dies of Tuberculosis in the Northern Penitentiary


LaPorte, Indiana, Dec 20 - Ray Lamphere, 38 years old, slayer of Mrs Belle Gunness and her children, died tonight of tuberculosis in the Michigan City penitentiary where he was serving an indeterminent term for arson. Lamphere on April 28, 1908, set fire to the Guenness home near LaPorte and incinerated the family. he had formerly been employed as a workman on her farm. Following the fire, the bodies of several persons who had been murdered by Mrs Guenness were unearthed in the farm yard.

Lamphere was convicted of burning the house and sentenced on Nov 26, 1908, to serve from two to fourteen years in prison. Lamphere always contended that he was innocent of arson. It was shown, however, that Lamphere was probably cognizant of some of Mrs Guenness' crimes and that he was angered at her.

Shortly after Lamphere entered the penitentiary he developed tuberculosis. He was born and reared in LaPorte county. His father and mother and three sisters survive him.

Lamphere was attended at death by the prison chaplain but made no statement about the Guenness case so far as is known. Burial will be at LaPorte.

BIG CROWD ASSEMBLES TO SEE LAMPHERE BURIED

LaPorte, Indiana, Jan 2 - A great crowd assembled about the Lamphere home today to attend the funeral of Ray Lamphere, who burned the home of Mrs Belle Gunness, near LaPorte on April 23, 1908, and incinerated the owner of the "murder farm" and her children. Lamphere died last week in Michigan City prison, where he was serving time for arson.

Friends of the Lampheres prevented morbidly curious persons from pressing into the house. Country people for miles around drove to the cemetery at Roseburg, where Lamphere was buried. His confession, made to a preacher while Lamphere was in jail awaiting trial, has never been made public, although the pastor says that it contains enough information of interest in relation to the mystery of Mrs Gunness slaying 10 or more persons for money.

Citation from http://laporteigt.webs.com/somenotablecemeteries.htm :

After his death, Lamphere was buried in Rossburg Cemetery on Hwy. 20 and Wilhelm Rd.

Sister: Mrs LH Finley of LaPorte, who received his body at her home after he died and had his funeral there.
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LAMPHERE MAKES NO CONFESSION AT DEATH

Dies of Tuberculosis in the Northern Penitentiary


LaPorte, Indiana, Dec 20 - Ray Lamphere, 38 years old, slayer of Mrs Belle Gunness and her children, died tonight of tuberculosis in the Michigan City penitentiary where he was serving an indeterminent term for arson. Lamphere on April 28, 1908, set fire to the Guenness home near LaPorte and incinerated the family. he had formerly been employed as a workman on her farm. Following the fire, the bodies of several persons who had been murdered by Mrs Guenness were unearthed in the farm yard.

Lamphere was convicted of burning the house and sentenced on Nov 26, 1908, to serve from two to fourteen years in prison. Lamphere always contended that he was innocent of arson. It was shown, however, that Lamphere was probably cognizant of some of Mrs Guenness' crimes and that he was angered at her.

Shortly after Lamphere entered the penitentiary he developed tuberculosis. He was born and reared in LaPorte county. His father and mother and three sisters survive him.

Lamphere was attended at death by the prison chaplain but made no statement about the Guenness case so far as is known. Burial will be at LaPorte.

BIG CROWD ASSEMBLES TO SEE LAMPHERE BURIED

LaPorte, Indiana, Jan 2 - A great crowd assembled about the Lamphere home today to attend the funeral of Ray Lamphere, who burned the home of Mrs Belle Gunness, near LaPorte on April 23, 1908, and incinerated the owner of the "murder farm" and her children. Lamphere died last week in Michigan City prison, where he was serving time for arson.

Friends of the Lampheres prevented morbidly curious persons from pressing into the house. Country people for miles around drove to the cemetery at Roseburg, where Lamphere was buried. His confession, made to a preacher while Lamphere was in jail awaiting trial, has never been made public, although the pastor says that it contains enough information of interest in relation to the mystery of Mrs Gunness slaying 10 or more persons for money.


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  • Created by: Anna
  • Added: 15 Jun 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 112385917
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/112385917/ray-lamphere: accessed ), memorial page for Ray Lamphere (13 Jan 1870–30 Dec 1909), Find a Grave Memorial ID 112385917, citing Rossburg Cemetery, La Porte, La Porte County, Indiana, USA; Maintained by Anna (contributor 47329432).