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 L Ettie <I>Runyen</I> Fairchild

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L Ettie Runyen Fairchild

Birth
Death
18 Jul 1929 (aged 76)
Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA
Burial
Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA
Plot
J, 033SE, 02
Memorial ID
25812010 View Source

She was murdered by Eugene & Pearl Burgess. She was the victim of the "Witchcraft Murder" of 1929 in Kalamazoo.

KALAMAZOO, Oct. 18. Mrs. Pearl Burgess was convicted today of murdering Mrs. Etta Fairchild, 76, whom she accused of holding the Burgess family under her evil eye spell and especially the daughter, Eugenie, 17. The father, Eugene Burgess, jointly charged with the murder, hanged himself recently in his cell. The testimony showed Mrs. Burgess was in constant terror of Mrs. Fairchild and believed she was a witch.
Madera Tribune, Volume XLIV, Number 144, 18 October 1929

The Burgess couple invited the 75 yr old Etta Fairchild for supper, and while at the table they clubbed her to death with a pipe and hammer which crushed her skull, shattered both arms and broke 9 ribs. They rolled her up in a rug and dumped her in the back yard cistern thinking they had rid the neighborhood of a terrible witch who could cast spells on people. They believed they had done a good thing because they thought Mrs. Fairchild could kill people with some mysterious power. (Paraphrased from a long article in the Detroit Free Press Sat. 20 Jul 1929

She was murdered by Eugene & Pearl Burgess. She was the victim of the "Witchcraft Murder" of 1929 in Kalamazoo.

KALAMAZOO, Oct. 18. Mrs. Pearl Burgess was convicted today of murdering Mrs. Etta Fairchild, 76, whom she accused of holding the Burgess family under her evil eye spell and especially the daughter, Eugenie, 17. The father, Eugene Burgess, jointly charged with the murder, hanged himself recently in his cell. The testimony showed Mrs. Burgess was in constant terror of Mrs. Fairchild and believed she was a witch.
Madera Tribune, Volume XLIV, Number 144, 18 October 1929

The Burgess couple invited the 75 yr old Etta Fairchild for supper, and while at the table they clubbed her to death with a pipe and hammer which crushed her skull, shattered both arms and broke 9 ribs. They rolled her up in a rug and dumped her in the back yard cistern thinking they had rid the neighborhood of a terrible witch who could cast spells on people. They believed they had done a good thing because they thought Mrs. Fairchild could kill people with some mysterious power. (Paraphrased from a long article in the Detroit Free Press Sat. 20 Jul 1929


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  • Created by: ambs
  • Added: 7 Apr 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 25812010
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/25812010/l-ettie-fairchild: accessed ), memorial page for L Ettie Runyen Fairchild (Apr 1853–18 Jul 1929), Find a Grave Memorial ID 25812010, citing Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, USA; Maintained by ambs (contributor 46814643) .