Jealousy Leads to Murder and Suicide
“Somebody Is Always Taking the Joy Out of Life” by Clare Briggs.
Oct. 22, 1919: Mrs. Zola Schmidt was killed as she slept … while holding a letter from another man.
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916 W. 9th, the scene of the crime.
“I am anxious to be married with as little delay as possible…”
George S. Crosman, a one-armed man wearing nothing but a Japanese kimono, kills Mrs. Zola Schmidt, who has been estranged from her husband for about a year. Numerous love letters and rose petals are strewn around the apartment, where a canary sang joyously in its cage. On the Victrola, “Mammy O’ Mine.”