Sunday, January 13, 2013

Charles KERSEY Attempts Suicide in Danville (1933)

source: The Republican (Danville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, November 9, 1933 - page 8, column 5:

Charles Kersey In Hospital From Effects of Drinking Acid

Charles Kersey, age 19, attempted suicide by drinking carbolic acid about 12:30, Saturday night, at the apartment of Morris Patterson in the Danville hotel. He was taken to the St. Vincent's hospital that night in a serious condition but has showed improvement each day. He has a chance of recovery now unless unexpected complications develop. However, he is still at the hospital.

Charles was found by Patterson about fifteen minutes after he had drunk the poison and Dr. Carl Parker was called. Only a small quantity of the acid had reached the stomach but his throat and esophagus was badly burned.

Kersey had attended a dance earlier that night and had made several remarks which showed that he had been meditating the act. On returning he stopped at his home where he evidently got the poison. On parting from his friends he had told them goodbye and appeared in good spirits.

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