Alice E. Matthews

Alice E. Matthews

Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Death 23 Mar 1912 (aged 20)
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Lot: 18 Block: j-1 Grave: 5F-S 1R
Memorial ID 159907360 · View Source
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Girl Loses Life in Brave Battle to Save Honor.
Alice Matthews, Mill Employe, is Victim of a Midnight Assailant.

Crime Said by Police to be Most Horrible in Minneapolis History.
In part:
With people around to hear her despairing cries for help, but no one ready and willing to render assistance, Alice Matthews, 21 years old, daughter of Harry Matthews, 3547 Twentieth avenue south, gave up her life late Saturday night in a desperate attempt to save her honor. Her disfigured and mutilated body was found in the street, less than half a block from her home, by a neighbor at 7 o’clock Sunday morning...
The Minneapolis Morning Tribune
March 25, 1912 page 1

(The nature and brutality of this assault continued to make headlines for days as the investigation proceeded.jw)

Thousands Attend Funeral at Alice Matthew’s Home.
in part:
The funeral of Alice Matthews yesterday afternoon was a powerful public demonstration of the intense feeling which the murder of the girl has aroused, not only in the neighborhood of her home, but all over the city.
Although the family had made special request that only relatives and the most intimate friends attend, there were fully a thousand persons standing on the bank before the door, in the deep mud of the ungraded street and on the banks across the street when eight girl friends carried the casket forth. And at Layman’s cemetery, half a mile away, an even greater throng gathered about the grave to see the casket lowered.
The Minneapolis Morning Tribune
March 28, 1912 page 2

By early October of 1915, no person had yet to be found for the murder of Alice. Although several men were brought in for questioning all were proven to be innocent of the crime. Except for one man, Alfred Driskell - killer or just insane?

October 23, 1915 in part:
County Attorney John M. Reese said yesterday he would issue a complaint charging murder in the first degree if Driskell is found sane: if insane, Driskell would be committed to an asylum...

...”Driskell’s exhibition shows he either knows something of the crime or is possessed of a peculiar form of insanity.”
The Minneapolis Morning Tribune, October 23, 1915 page 1.

A notice in the Tribune on January 1, 1916 states: October 25-Alfred Driskell, four times confessor of Alice Matthews murder, found insane.

These articles and more are available at Minnesota Historical Society; Research; Digital Newspaper portal
Cause of Death: homicide
Age: 21 yrs
Place of Death: 20th Ave So bet 35th & 36th
Burial Date: Mar. 27, 1912

father: Harry Mathews
mother: Mary Blewett

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 159907360
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Alice E. Matthews (14 Nov 1891–23 Mar 1912), Find a Grave Memorial no. 159907360, citing Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Mem. Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Jaci (contributor 47592448) .