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Jealousy Leads to Murder and Suicide

October 22, 2009 |  4:00 am
Oct. 22, 1919, Briggs

“Somebody Is Always Taking the Joy Out of Life” by Clare Briggs.

Oct. 22, 1919, Zola Schmidt

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.

Oct. 22, 1919, Zola Schmidt

“I am anxious to be married with as little delay as possible…”

Oct. 22, 1919, Murder Suicide

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.”