Friday, November 25, 2016

Gilbert BRYANT commits suicide in jail (1954)

source: The Republican (Danville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, September 9, 1954 - page 1, columns 3-4:

A fifth attempt at suicide was finally successful, Friday about noon for Gilbert Bryant, age 70, who died in the Hendricks County Jail after slashing his throat with a razor blade.

Bryant was being held in the jail pending a Grand Jury investigation of the alleged shooting of his ex-wife, Mrs. Pauline Shorter, on July 17.

He had asked for a razor Friday morning so he could shave. Three other prisoners were in the bullpen at the time, but Bryant slipped back to his cell, took the blade from the razor and slashed his throat.

His first attempt at suicide was immediately following the murder and after his former wife's home exploded. The second attempt came shortly afterward on the way to the hospital in the Weaver ambulance. The next day he made a third attempt to take his life by jumping from a window at the Long Hospital, but was caught. The fourth try came when he succeeded in jumping from a window and received a fractured pelvis.

He was removed to the local jail on August 3 to await the calling of the Grand Jury this week.

Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon from the Baker Funeral Home. Surviving is a brother, Hester Rudd of Bloomingdale. Burial was in the South Cemetery.

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