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 Frank Mapes

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Frank Mapes

Birth
Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin, USA
Death
15 Mar 1896 (aged 34–35)
Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA
Burial
Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID
141265551 View Source

Suicide
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The Evening Star (Washington, D.C.) March 16, 1896 page 9
Died To Avoid Arrest.
To escape arrest for embezzlement of government funds, Frank Mapes, postmaster for Kansas City, Kan., committed suicide yesterday morning in his own residence.

Thursday two post office inspectors began an investigation of the office. Upon their arrival Mapes showed no uneasiness, but as they pursued their investigations through Friday and Saturday he became nervous and depressed in spirits. The inspectors finished their work Saturday night, and their investigation proved the postmaster to be an embezzler from the general funds of the office to the amount of probably $9,200.

A breakfast he complained of being ill and retired to his room. Soon afterward he had his wife send for three men who had been friends of long standing. When these men arrived at the house Mrs. Mapes met them at the door. No sooner had she swung open the door than a pistol shot rang through the house. Mrs. Mapes and the three men ran to the postmaster's bedroom. They found him in the agonies of death. He had blown out his brains and died almost instantly.

The deceased was appointed postmaster by President Cleveland three years ago. He had long been prominent in local and Kansas politics. He was under $20,000 bonds to the government, with local business men as sureties. The funds embezzled are said to have been squandered in gambling and drink. Deceased belonged to the Knights Templar and Elks. His family is provided for by $10,000 life insurance.
Contributor: Loretta Castaldi (47472615)

Suicide
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The Evening Star (Washington, D.C.) March 16, 1896 page 9
Died To Avoid Arrest.
To escape arrest for embezzlement of government funds, Frank Mapes, postmaster for Kansas City, Kan., committed suicide yesterday morning in his own residence.

Thursday two post office inspectors began an investigation of the office. Upon their arrival Mapes showed no uneasiness, but as they pursued their investigations through Friday and Saturday he became nervous and depressed in spirits. The inspectors finished their work Saturday night, and their investigation proved the postmaster to be an embezzler from the general funds of the office to the amount of probably $9,200.

A breakfast he complained of being ill and retired to his room. Soon afterward he had his wife send for three men who had been friends of long standing. When these men arrived at the house Mrs. Mapes met them at the door. No sooner had she swung open the door than a pistol shot rang through the house. Mrs. Mapes and the three men ran to the postmaster's bedroom. They found him in the agonies of death. He had blown out his brains and died almost instantly.

The deceased was appointed postmaster by President Cleveland three years ago. He had long been prominent in local and Kansas politics. He was under $20,000 bonds to the government, with local business men as sureties. The funds embezzled are said to have been squandered in gambling and drink. Deceased belonged to the Knights Templar and Elks. His family is provided for by $10,000 life insurance.
Contributor: Loretta Castaldi (47472615)


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