Richland Co., Ohio
A YOUNG MAN (Frank P. Dick), AFRAID OF BURGLARS, SHOOTS AND INSTANTLY KILLS HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW (Lavina Noecker)
OHIO LIBERAL: 18 July 1883
Submitted by Amy
A YOUNG MAN, AFRAID OF BURGLARS, SHOOTS AND INSTANTLY
KILLS HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW. BUCYRUS,
OHIO, JULY 13 – A distressing tragedy occurred in Dallas township, about eight
miles south-west of this city, last night, in which an aged and respected lady
lost her life. Benjamin and Lavina Noecker
made their home with their son-in-law, Frank P. Dick. At about eleven o’clock, Mrs. Noecker had occasion to pass
out into the back yard, and her absence from the house was unknown to the other
members of the family. Dick heard
her return and endeavor to open the kitchen door.
He had some reason to fear burglars, and hearing the noise, demanded who
was there. Mrs. Noecker was,
unfortunately, very deaf, and did not hear the demand.
The night was extremely dark, and Dick, unable to see more than the
outlines of a figure, fired after a second demand had failed to elicit a reply.
The charge from the weapon, a shot gun, took effect in the victim’s
left breast, penetrating the heart, and killing her instantly. The family were naturally overwhelmed with grief and horror
when the evidence of the terrible mistake became apparent. The coroner was notified and made an informal investigation.
The evidence was convincing that the affair was simply the result of
misapprehension, and the official decided that a formal inquest was unnecessary.
The family are comparative strangers in this county, having emigrated
from the vicinity of Shelby, Richland county, last fall.
They are, however, highly spoken of by their neighbors.
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