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Ella Ruskin

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 14 Mar 1903 Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, USA
  • Burial Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, USA
  • Memorial ID 47449862

Printed in Daily Herald on 3/14/1903:


"Accident, Murder or Was it Suicide."

"The Victim of It is Now at Rest."

"Shortly after nine o'clock last night an event occurred that has set all the city to guessing. At that time three shots were heard in the household of Joseph Vila, corner Jackson and Reynoir streets, and almost immediately, Mr. Vila rushed into Folkes & Grants drug store and reported that his wife had shot herself. He seemed to be laboring under intensse excitement, and at one time said she had cut herself. Drs. Folkes and Bolton were called to the bedside of the suffering woman and found that all three shots had taken effect, one passing through the liver and two through the stomach. The news spread over the city that Mrs. Vila had committed suicide, but in her own statement she said that the shooting was a result of a scuffle between herself and husband over a revolver; that she had hidden the revolver under her pillow, that her husband might not get it in came he came home intoxicated. For some reason she seemed to fear him. But he learned the whereabouts of the weapon, and in the scuffle for its possession the shooting occurred. An inquiry among the neighbors of the unfortunate family disclose the fact that one man heard all the shots distinctly and he claimed that there were at least two minutes of time between them. Another neighbor siad he heard two of the shots, and that they were several minutes apart. A lady neighbor made the statement that Mrs. Vila had made several calls at her home and always appeared to be in a painful condition of mind, that she did not believe she was always in her right mind, that her latest troubles she thought had affected her. There is a division in the opinions of the people in regard to this painful event, and it is hoped that it may be cleared up at an early date. No blame should be attached to an innocent person, but if there is any blame against any but this poor woman herself, The Herald hopes it will be ferreted out. Mrs. Vila died at 12 o'clock today, just twelve hours after she had been received at the Biloxi Sanitorium. At one time she roused up and exclaimed, 'I am in a strange place, the people around me are all strangers, but oh! they are so kind.' The funeral will take place tomorrow evening at 3 o'clock from the residence corner Reynoir and Jackson streets."


"At about 3 o'clock this afternoon, Joseph Vila was arrested by Marshal McKinley on a warrant sworn out before Justice Champlin, charging him with the murder of Ella Ruskin. The warrant, it is supposed, was sworn out on the dispostion of the dead woman. Vila will have a preliminary hearing Monday, and will spend the interval in jail. Many conflicting statements have been made relative to the killing, all of which will no doubt be thoroughly sifted at the preliminary trial. It is now learned that Vila and the dead woman had been living together illicitly, although it is said that the unfortunate womann had pled with him on various occasions to make her his lawful wife, and invoking the aid of her spiritual advisor."





  • Created by: Carmella Seymour
  • Added: 2 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 47449862
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ella Ruskin (unknown–14 Mar 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47449862, citing Biloxi City Cemetery, Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Carmella Seymour (contributor 47113398) .