Anne Jeanne Tingry Le Coz


Anne Jeanne Tingry Le Coz

Death 22 Dec 1885 (aged 35)
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Burial Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Plot Sec 20 Lot 18 Gr 2S
Memorial ID 64773368 View Source

Emma Merlotin is the psuedonym for Anne Jeanne Tingry-Le Coz. Anne was brutally murdered on 22 December 1885 on Third Street in Portland where she resided. She was buried under her real name in Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery. She is mentioned in a book by Peter Boag. Newspapers of the time ran the story of her murder and later on November 15, 1886, The Morning Oregonian ran a small story on the efforts of her brother Jospeh Le Coz to prove that he was the heir to his sister's estate. See below for both excerpts. Her murder was never solved though they did have a prime suspect that was never charged.


Same Sex affairs: Constructing and Controlling Homosexuality in the Pacific Northwest by Peter Boag, pg 63

In 1885 Portland, Oregon's "vice district was experiencing a wave of violent murders of female sex workers that lasted for several years. It began in 1885 with the exceptionally brutal killing of Emma Merlotin (a pseudonym), whose identity as a "French courtesan" intensified thoughts of the exotic.

Shortly before eleven o'clock on the wintry night of December 22, a policeman discovered Merlotin's body in her cottage on Third Street, lying face down in a three-foot-wide pool of blood. Clothed only in chemise, boots, and stockings, Merlotin had suffered gruesome bludgeoning and slashing that the papers reported in graphic detail.

Within a couple of days authorities arrested the "Finnish" sailor William Sundstrom, whom they found lurking around the murder scene. He had blood stains on his clothing and a hatchet in his possession. Yet the police charged neither Sundstrom nor anyone else with this vicious crime. During the next four years other brutal murders occurred in what was developing into a red-light district.

….Thus for a number of reasons – Merlotin's murder was unusually sinister, the victim had an exotic background, an immigrant sailor was implicated, the crime went unsolved…."

November 15, 1886 The Morning Oregonian pg 3

"A Murdered Woman's Property. – Mr. Henry F. Tyson , of this city, who has been acting as French vice consul during the illness of Mons. Labbe, received last week from Joseph Le Coz his proof of heirship to the estate of Annie Jeanne Le Coz (Emma Merlotin), who was murdered in this city December 22 last. Le Coz also sent to Mr. Tyson a full power of attorney, dated September 27, to dispose of his sister's estate. Through the efforts of Mr. Tyson and Chief of Police Parrish this heir was found. The proof of heirship is rather a voluminous document and is attested by six separate authorities including the American consul-general in Paris each with an elaborate seal. Le Coz is 58 years old, and work in a tobacco factory in Morlaix. The principal item in the estate is a half interest in a lot and building on Front Street, near Alder, which will pass into the brother's possession so soon as the formalities of the probate court are gone through with. Besides the real estate there is a considerable sum of money and some jewelry, now in possession of the chief of police, who was made administer of the estate."


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