Soranus E. Cooke


Soranus E. Cooke

Death 14 Jan 1896 (aged 33)
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 62268969 View Source
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Los Angeles Times - January 16, 1896
SOUTH RIVERSIDE, Jan 15. – (Regular Correspondence.) F. C. Hazen of South Riverside shot and killed S. E. Cooke of the same place this morning. The murdered man was an employe (sic) of the pipe works, and the shooter is said to be an idle character, who bears anything but a good name. The cause of the trouble was woman and whisky. Hazen and his wife, it seems, keep a sort of house of prostitution, and Cooke, along with Alfred Roberds, Thomas Rude, Edward Penprase and H. Bellfield visited the place. Hazen considered that Cooke had offered his wife an insult, and a fight was the result. Hazen drew a revolver and tried to shoot Cooke, but the latter took the weapon and fired a couple of shots at Hazen. The later (sic) then secured a rifle and shot Cooke dead. Hazen had his preliminary examination today and was held for trial.

San Francisco Call – January 16, 1896
S.E. Cooke Shot by the Keeper of a Disreputable Resort
The Young Man Was Out on a Spree With Some Companions

RIVERSIDE, Cal., Jan. 15 – Word was received in this city this morning that a murder had been committed at South Riverside last night.

The one who did the shooting was Frederick C. Hazen and the man killed was S. E. Cooke, for a number of years kiln setter at the pipe works and at which place he was employed at the time of his death.

Hazen is reported as a dissolute character, who kept a disreputable resort near the depot.

In this instance, as brought out by the investigation this afternoon, four or five of the young fellows of the town, among them the murdered man, went down to Hazen's house with some whisky to have a little time.

About 10 o'clock the crowd became a little hilarious, and Cooke was in the act of pouring some whisky on Mrs. Hazen's head, when Hazen, who was in bed, raised up and made the remark that that was enough, and drew out a revolver from under his pillow.

Cooke took the revolver away from him, and then Hazen started for a Winchester rifle, but before he could bring it to bear on Cooke, the latter had taken a couple of shots at Hazen. Hazen then leveled his rifle at Cooke, and fired, killing Cooke almost instantly.

Hazen was lodged in jail here to wait trial.

Los Angeles Times - January 17, 1896
Frederick C. Hazen was brought in from South Riverside last evening and lodged in the City Jail awaiting trial for the killing of S. E. Cooke.

Los Angeles Times - February 17, 1896
Fred C. Hazen, charged with the murder of Cooke at South Riverside, told his story Saturday afternoon. It shows a lamentable condition of affairs in the Hazen household, which was the resort of many men. According to Hazen's story, Cooke and several other men were in the house with Mrs. Hazen, trying to induce her to drink with them. Hazen was in bed and watched the performance. When the men held his wife and poured liquor on her head, Hazen mildly remonstrated with them. This made Cooke mad and seeing Hazen's pistol under his pillow, he attempted to get it, which began the row. Hazen claims Cooke shot first with a pistol, but admits killing Cooke with a rifle.
Courtesy of Don Lynch.

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