Josephine Guy <I>Bender</I> Bendai


Josephine Guy Bender Bendai

Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death 15 Dec 1905 (aged 1)
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Burial Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section 83 Tier 1 Grave 115
Memorial ID 44590234 View Source
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Josephine Bendai, or Bender, was born in 1904. She was the daughter of Louisa Flint Guy, and her lover, Joseph Bender. Louisa's husband, William Guy, had been released from the "Cleveland Insane Asylum" in October, 1905, after having been incarcerated since November, 1902 for some type of criminal complaint. He reconciled with his wife (for the sake of their two daughters, Alice and Mae) and was living with Louisa and an assortment of her relatives at 280 Brownwell Street in Cleveland. William was insanely jealous of the baby Josephine, and warned his wife to "get rid of the child". Louisa kept promising to do so, yet she never did. On the night of December 14, 1905, William saw Louisa talking to her lover, Joseph, on the back porch. He proceeded to chase Joseph for several hours during the night, while continuing to drink, and then the next morning, in an attempt to kill him. Louisa went to the police station to swear out a complaint against William. At about 11:00 am on December 15, 1905, William shot and killed the baby, Josephine, in front of a houseful of relatives. Louisa's brother, Henry, then 14, raced out of the house to find a policeman, and William followed him, shooting him in the back and killing Henry. William then left and went over to the boarding house where Joseph Bender lived, and, not finding Joseph, promptly shot the landlady, Mrs Elizabeth Bennet and wounding her. William showed no remorse for his actions, in fact, he regretted not having killed his wife and her lover. William was found insane and spent the rest of his life in various mental institutions for the criminally insane, dying on January 26, 1950. Louisa disappears sometime in 1906 and their two daughters, Alice and Mae, were raised by relatives. Josephine Bendai and Henry Flint are buried in the same grave together in Woodland Cemetery. The case caused a sensation in the Cleveland papers.

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