April 3, 1909 (Saturday)
POLICE MIGHT HAVE CRACKED A COLD CASE (from 1908): The lead story in today's Globe is distinctive for many reasons. First, it carries a byline (Edwin J. Park, who also had one on March 11). Second, it features a "flashlight photograph," which was taken last night at Police Station 4 in Cambridge. The two men being flashed are Dionisios Spiropoulos (Anglicized to James Mantir) and Peter C. Delorey. They have been connected with the stunning 1908 killing of a domestic servant named Annie Mullins.
Police say Mantir came to the U.S. a few years ago "on a mission of blood" -- meaning he was sent to take the life of another Greek. He is a little less than 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds.
When Mantir was arrested yesterday about 2 p.m., he was initially told he was wanted on a charge of cruelty to animals.
The killing evidently took place along Marathon Street, which runs from Massachusetts Avenue to Broadway in Arlington (see map). The confession extracted from Delorey might be a bit suspect, but it's likely nobody will care. The article says he was put through "the third degree." Police questioned him from 4 to 6:45 in the evening, when "he suddenly weakened and, according to the officers, said that he would make a full breast of the story, whereupon his confession followed." Later, when referring to this questioning, the reporter wrote that Delorey spent "two hours and three-quarters on the gridiron."
Both men are charged with murder.
Evidently the two became the focus of suspicion because they had talked about the killing (in Squire's field in Arlington on March 27, 1908) BEFORE the body was found.
This was a particularly vicious killing, evidently. Her head was nearly severed. The crime was "looked upon as one of the most brutal murders ever committed in the vicinity" of Boston, the Globe reports.