Sept. 25, 1908 (Tuesday)
WIFE OF BRITISH GENERAL IS FOUND MURDERED: Yesterday afternoon, the body of the wife of Major Gen. Charles Edward Luard was found in a remote wooded area near Sevenoaks, near London. This killing is an apparent murder and it's causing quite a sensation. The killing of Mrs. Luard (right) rated a front-page story in today's New York Times. Here's a description:
Mrs. Luard had been shot with a pistol, one bullet entering the temple and another striking her behind the ear. From the position of the body, apparently, she had faced her assailant, and he had shot her at close quarters. This bullet entered just below the left eye. The second shot, seemingly, was fired after the woman fell on her face. Her hand had been pulled back and three rings were wrenched from the fingers. Her dress, also was torn almost from the body.
The illustration above, of course, fails to portray that final point.
NOTE: This remains a very Cold Case, 100 years later.
A CORSET WOULDN'T HAVE HELPED MRS. LUARD, BUT IT SAVED THE LIFE OF MRS. GRAVES: Yesterday afternoon, Mrs. Graves, the wife of a broker, took an automobile ride in Orange, N.J., with her chauffeur, a nurse and her five-month-old child. They passed the house of Harry Folsom of Wildwood Avenue at the same time Mr. Folsom was cleaning a .45-caliber revolver. It discharged, and a bullet tore a hole though the back of the Graves automobile. It hit Mrs. Graves in the side. It hit a STEEL RIB in her corset and left her with only a bruise.