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“Acquitted of Murder,” Kingston Daily Standard. October 11, 1912. Page 04.
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James Bruce Found Not Guilty in Hamilton Poison Case.

Hamilton, Ont., October 11. – The jury in the case of James Bruce, charged with murdering Rose Ziepe, by means of poisoned candies, which the Crown alleged he had given to his wife while she was a patient in the hospital, found a verdict of not guilty, last night.

Before discharging Bruce, Justice Kelly lectured him on his evident neglect of his wife. ‘I have no fault to find with the verdict, but the jury might reasonably have found you guilty of the charge against you,’ said his lordship to the prisoner.
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Not Confined in ‘Pen.’

A despatch from Detroit states that a Petrolea woman accuses her husband, ‘Jack’ Watson, of an attempt to poison her, and further states that at the time she was married to Watson, he was a paroled prisoner having served time at the Portsmouth Penitentiary for robbery. On enquiry at the penitentiary to-day, The Standard was informed that the man in question has not been confined at the penitentiary.

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“Did Bruce Boy Poison?” Kingston Daily Standard. October 9, 1912. Page 03.

Druggist Located Who Sold Him Poison.

Hamilton, Oct. 9. – At the eleventh hour the police promise a sensation in the murder case now before Justice Kelly in the Assizes. James Bruce charged with the murder of Rose Zeipe, who died after eating alleged poisonous chocolates given her by the wife of the prisoner, is confined to the court house cells awaiting trial, a true bill being brought in by the grand jury yesterday. 

The police announced that they had located a druggist from whom Bruce bought strychnine, the poison found in the dead girl’s stomach by the Toronto analyst.

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“25 ans de bagne à un homme qui
aurait tué sa femme par amour,” La Presse. October 1, 1980. Page H-9.

LEOPOLD LUZOTTE

Claude Langlais, 43 ans, un
résidant de la rue Saint-Hubert
qui n’aurait pas réussi à
accepter que son épouse se sépare
légalement et définitivement
de lui, a été condamné au pénitencier
à vie, hier, pour son assassinat.

Apres une journée et demie de
délibérations, les jurés sous la
précidence du juge Benjamin
Greenberg, ont en effet trouvé le
prévenu coupable de meurtre au
premier degré. 

Dans un tel cas, on le sait, il
n’y a pas de recommandation
possible à la clémence, la sentence
de la cour est tout simplement
obligatoire. Et cela veut
dire surtout que Langlais ne
pourra être libéré de façon conditionnelle
sans avoir purgé
vingt-cinq années complètes de
bagne.

C’est dans un état apparent de
torpeur que le prévenu, dont les
psychiatres avaient décortiqué
le passé en appliquant, chacun
de leur côté, des théories adverses,
a encaissé et le verdict et la
condamnation du tribunal, pendant
qu’une parente brisait le
silence de la cour par ses sanglots. 

C’est dans la matinée du 16
novembre dernier que l’accusé
avait tout d’abord tiré quatre
coups de feu dans la direction de
son épouse, pour ensuite lui asséner
neuf coups de couteau dont
deux devaient être mortels. 

La jeune femme, une coiffeuse,
avait alors fui vers l’extérieur, il l’y avait pourchassée, et
la victime avait finalement pu
monter, toute ensanglantée,
dans la voiture d’un bon samaritain
évidemment fort surpris de
la voir dans cet état.

Il l’avait tout d’abord conduite
dans un petit hôpital chinois du
voisinage, où l’on n’était pas
«outillé» pour la secourir, et elle
avait succombé à ses blessures
alors qu’on la transportait en
ambulance à Jean-Talon.

En route, elle avait toutefois
eu le temps de confier, à celui
qui l’avait recueillie, puis aux
policiers-ambulanciers, que c’était
son mari qui venait de lui
«faire ça». 

Et, fort dramatiquement, ces
quelques paroles prononcées peu
avant son décès avaient été acceptées
par le tribunal comme
preuve contre le prévenu.

Au cours de la «bataille de
psychiatres» qui avait marqué
les dernières journées de l’instruction,
celui qui avait témoigné
en laveur de Langlais avait
été catégorique.

«Cet homme, avait-il dit, n’a
pas tué par haine. Mais par
amour. Celui qu’il vouait toujours
à celle qui voulait le quitter
pour toujours».

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“Donald Côté exempté d’être en cour,”

La Presse. October 1, 1980. Page H-9.

LEOPOLD LUZOTTE

Alors que la plupart des
détenus abhorrent Parvenais et seraient prêts à faire
beaucoup de choses pour en sortir,
Donald Côté, lui, semble vouloir
faire grande exception. 

Et pour éviter d’aggraver ses
maladies, il a même obtenu du
juge Jean-Paul Dansereau, hier,
d’être exempté de se présenter à
son propre procès pour possession
de cocaïne, procès qui doit
durer encore plusieurs semaines,
selon les prévisions les plus
optimistes. 

Son avocat. Me Léo-Ren é
Maranda, a expliqué à la cour
que le principal problème de son
client, en était un d’alimentation…
froide. 

Chaque jour qu’il doit se présenter
au Palais de Justice, il
doit se nourrir comme tous les
autres accusés, le midi, de sandwiches. 

Ce qui pourrait quand même
passer, s’il n’était atteint entre
autre choses, d’ulcères à l’estomac.
Cette façon de s’alimenter,
au milieu de la journée, serait
donc contre-indiquée. 

Pour une fois, le procureur de
la poursuite, Me. Michel Viens a
été pleinement d’accord avec
celui du prévenu. Il n’a pas émis
d’objection à ce que l’accusé
s’absente de la cour pour toutes
les séances qu’il voudra. 

La tâche du tribunal en fut
d’autant facilitée.

Le juge a donc accédé à la
requête de Côté, qui a donné luimême
son consentement formel
à cette façon de procéder.

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‘Struck His Wife On Busy Street,” Toronto Star. August 16, 1910. Page 02.

Has Been Paying Attention to Another Woman – To Jail for 30 Days.

CASES IN THE POLICE COURT

Doctor Accused of Bigamy – Brothers Charged With Assault and Robbery.

Even from the court room above it became quite apparent that Wm. A. Fulton had radical ideas of his own as to cell decorum. Alternately he addressed fellow-prisoners in ministerial language or spouted poetry, and guffaws could be heard in greeting. Once up he cooled perceptibly.

Constable Reburn had arrested him for disorderly conduct at the station.

‘Shaking people,’ said that officer, and Fulton waits a week for a doctor’s examination.

Herchall Hertz took her insanity conviction badly. She protested, pitifully, so that all might hear, and two constables were needed to take her downstairs.

Mary Greer, aged 80, will go over to the House of Providence.

George Parker and James McDonald, drunken, pay a dollar and costs each.

Told Troubles to Policeman.
Careless of the man he accosted on the street, backed up by a hard luck tale, Philip Martin landed in Esther street police station. Unwittingly he had recounted his need for money to Provincial Constable O’Connor, so the charge was vagrancy.

He is too young in appearance for such a charge, but he pleaded guilty. Besides, he had been seen to follow a drunken man. Ten dollars and costs or 60 days.

Claiming that the gun he left in the Union Station waiting room had disappeared, William McLean, of Midland, on his way to Winnipeg, caused the arrest of Robert Dalton, fellow-traveler from Victoria Harbor. Constable Reburn locked up, for the rifled was found in his possession.

Ignorance of the circumstances was taken as a plea for not guilty.

‘Dalton claimed it at first,’ stated the officer.

Drunkenness was then promptly rung in as an excuse, but Magistrate Denison has heard it many times before, Dalton’s trip will be interrupted. He goes to jail for 30 days.

Accused of Shoplifting.
Nellie Newman, charged with shoplifting from Eaton’s, was remanded till Monday next without plea of election. The articles complained of are, a chatelaine and one lady’s sweater.

For Striking His Wife.
When several pedestrians saw Herbert Foster strike his wife in the face on the street at Yonge and Queen, they gave chase, but Foster boarded a street car and left the woman lying on the street. Detectives Guthrie and Murray came along and followed and arrested him on a charge of aggravated assault. The couple live at 99 Jarvis street.

‘Why?’ questioned Crown Attorney Corley.

‘There’s another woman in the case, and I kept following him.’

‘No, no,’ Foster shook his head.

The wife stated circumstances of their domestic life, which held Foster up to censure and only a threat from the magistrate forced Foster into an admission that the second woman had wrecked the peace of their family. He goes to jail for 30 days.

Farmers at the Market.
The Humber Bay Farmers, E. Powitt, and W. Griggsby, charged with a breach of the law defining the sale of farm produce in that they sold produce on the St. Lawrence Market not in barrels, bags, or bushels, but in broken portions of those measures, were given a second remand. Their counsel, A. R. Hassard, had not yet carried out his intention to go before the Board of Control to ask for a change in the regulation. He stated he would carry his appeal before those officials at today’s meeting.

Will Support Wife.
William Wells named bright prospects. Though he had not yet contributed to the support of the wife, Elizabeth Wells, as stipulated by the court on July 27, he would go out on the road and sell stuff. He is a traveler.

The second chance was given.

Bought the Harness.
To look up the man who sold him the harness parts for 30 cents, Herbert Bennett was given a remand. A witness was produced, who bought the goods from Bennett for eighty cents, and originally they were stolen from J. Battalta. The charge was theft.

On a conviction of gross indecency Charles F. Brown will go to jail for sixty days.

Ethel Gibson was quite frank: she did not deny stealing 5 ½ yards of ribbon from the Jas. Vise Company. It was her first offence. She promised not to repeat it, so a chance was given.

Michael Tellman, convicted of the theft of jewelry from Samuel Siegel, goes to jail for ten days.

Lost a $20 Bill.
David Stein declared he mistook a twenty dollar bill for a two and handed it to Loretta O’Hara in change from his auction mart in Yonge street, so charged her with theft.

But there had been many customers, the girl knew nothing of the twenty, and T. C. Robinette produced her bank book which showed accurate accounting to correspond with her funds. The charge was dismissed.

Doctor on Bigamy Charge.
Though yesterday afternoon when detained by Inspector Kennedy of the Morality Department, on a charge of bigamy, Dr. Herbert Edward Shepherd, who has practised for a number of years at 15 Gloucester street, admitted three marriages, he claimed to be innocent of the bigamy charge, on the grounds that the first marriage had been dissolved, and that he had been separated from the second wife for more than seven years before contracting the third marriage.

Complaint was received rom the first wife, Mabel Louisa Saunders, who was marred in Barrie, 1869, and who is now living a Duck Lake, Sask., with some of their children. It is alleged that in July, 1883, he left her with six children, and that later he married a second time, and that he married Lucy A. Moore of Goderich, in September, 1908. This wife was living with him when the arrest was made.

Normal Heyd, appearing as counsel, pleaded not guilty, and offered as explanation the statement that a divorce had been granted on December 18, 1867, in Michigan, where the doctor was practising at the time.

Crown Attorney Corley merely offered to put in the two marriages certificates as evidence, and Mr. Heyd consented to waive examination of witnesses, and asked to go over before a jury for trial.

The same bail of $1,000, given by Mr. J. Hazelton, stands, and the case will come before the next assizes.

Brothers Accused.
Lords and Abraham Pancer, brothers, of 47 Chesnut street, tailors, were charged with assaulting Arthur Swartz of 122 Edward street, in Edward street Saturday night, and robbing him of $130. The plea was not guilty, no evidence was taken, bail of $200 being accepted for hearing on the 18th.

Complaining there were pickings from the ice wagons, and that an example was necessary, the Belle Ewart Ice Company caused the arrest of Henry Street, a teamster.

‘I took a little that was left over from the route,’ admitted Street, ‘but it went to pay for shoeing the horses, sharpening ice tongs, axe, and to pay for my dinner.’

‘You should have told the company,’ advised the magistrate, but the charge was dismissed.

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“Battered Up Wife With Stove Poker,” Toronto Star. June 4, 1909. Page 03.

Charles Morris Went Home Drunk and Hammered Her All Over Head.

A POLICEMAN SAVED HER.

Came While Woman Was Being Chocked – Prisoner Remanded for Sentence.

Willis street, formerly known as Sheppard lane, which runs west from Bathurst street, just north of Queen street, was the scene of a brutal wife-beating case last night. As the result, Mrs. Charles Morris is in the Western Hospital with seven deep gashes in her head and a badly bruised face.

The row began when Morris went home last night under the influence of liquor. It seems he got into an argument with his wife, and commenced to punch her face. Mrs. Morris is a rather strong person, and was able to successfully resist his attacks for a time, but eventually he picked up a poker and attempted to subdue her with that. The neighbors heard the woman screaming, but were afraid to interfere. Somebody notified Police Constable Young, who came along just as the drunken husband was attempting to choke his wife. The woman was lying in a pool of her own blood.

The constable quickly overpowered the man and took him away to the station. The injured woman was attended by Dr. Killoran, whom an excited neighbor had summoned, and was later removed to the hospital. In addition to the gashes, which required 17 stitches, the woman is suffering from the effects of a brutal blow in the face.

Morris was arraigned in the Police Court this morning on a charge of ‘wounding with intent to maim, disfigure, and abuse.’

‘I plead guilty, your Worship,’ said the prisoner.

Crown Attorney Corley said it was a pretty serious case. He suggested a remand till the 7th of June for sentence.

Morris was accordingly remanded till that date.

The neighbors say that Morris would have beaten his wife to death but for the timely arrival of Policeman Young, who was notified of the trouble by a little girl.

The Morris’ have two children, who were at a house on Brookfield street when the trouble occurred.

On the way to the station Morris said that his wife wouldn’t give him any supper. The constable says supper was on the table, all ready for the husband.

The doctors at the hospital said the woman was progressing as well as could be expected. The instruments with which the husband did the beating was of the crank handle shaker variety. It was heavy, and caused fearful wounds.

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“The Spirit of the Press – The Proper Dose for Them.” Toronto Globe. June 4, 1914. Page 06.

Ottawa Citizen: – Another sentence of two years in penitentiary and twenty lashes has been imposed on a Toronto wife-beater. The Ontario capital is ahead of most cities in Canada in its knowledge of the best means of suppressing an altogether too frequent form of brutality.”

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“O’Neill Whimpered at the First Stroke,” Toronto Globe. March 12, 1914. Page 09.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
BRANTFORD, March 11. – Mike O’Neill, the Austrian who was given ten lashes at the county jail this morning, having been sentenced for ill-treating his wife, is now under the care of Dr. Palmer, jail surgeon, having collapsed. He whimpered at the first stroke, and then broke down utterly, which was greatly different from the stoicism show by the Indian who was given the lashes recently for wife-beating.

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