Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Mary GOSSETT's suicide ruled a murder (1871)

contributed by Karen Zach:

source: Daily Wabash Express (Terre Haute, Indiana) - issue of 19 August 1871:

An Indianapolis correspondent states that, in May, 1869, Mary J. Gossett the wife of a prominent and wealthy citizen of Plainfield, Hendricks County in this state was supposed to have committed suicide by shooting herself through the head. Her life was insured in the Northwestern Mutual Life of Milwaukee, in favor of her husband for $10,000. At first the insurance company refused to pay, but finally did so, but have since kept a detective working up the case and on Thursday afternoon A.W. Gossett, Phoebe Gossett his second wife and John Bach, who keeps a restaurant near the Union Depot in Indianapolis were arrested and placed in jail. It is alleged that Mrs. Gossett was murdered by Bach, in accordance with an arrangement between Bach and Gossett, for the purpose of securing the insurance on her life, and to enable Gossett to marry his present wife with whom, it is alleged, he was too intimate.

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