GLADYS DOVER ATTEMPTS TO KILL SELF AND WIFE

WEDNESDAY , OCTOBER 6,1920

" PARAGOULD SOLIPHONE "

RESEARCHED BY : TINA EASLEY

tina@grnco.net

http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ar/county/greene/

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( FROM MONDAY'S DAILY PRESS )

GLADYS DOVER , SON OF J.B. DOVER , A WELL KNOWN AND HIGHLY RESPECTED FARMER OF GREENE COUNTY WHO LIVES NEAR THE CITY , ATTEMPTED TO COMMIT SUICIDE AT THE HOME OF HIS WIFE'S MOTHER ON BRADBURN STREET EARLY SATURDAY EVENING BY CUTTING HIS THROAT WITH A RAZOR.

YOUNG DOVER , WHO IS A BRAKEMAN , HAS BEEN SUFFERING FROM AN UNBALANCED MENTALITY FOR SEVERAL MONTHS AND AT ONE TIME WENT TO LITTLE ROCK TO THE RAILWAY HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT . PHYSICIANS THERE CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT HE HAD NEVER FULLY RECOVERED FROM AN ATTACK OF INFLUENZA WHICH HE SUFFERED MORE THAN A YEAR AGO AND INTENDED TO OPERATE IN THE REGION OF THE LEFT MASTOID BONE IN AN EFFORT TO GIVE RELIEF . HE WAS INSTRUCTED TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL IN ST. LOUIS BUT NEGLECTED TO DO SO.

DR. G. T. HOPKINS AND DR. E.S. BAKER WERE CALLED TO BRADBURN STREET SATURDAY NIGHT , AND FOUND THAT MRS. DOVER HAD VEEN SEVERELY CUT WITH A RAZOR WIELDED BY HER HUSBAND BY HER HUSBAND , AND THAT SHE HAD ALSO APPARENTLY BEEN STRUCK IN THE HEAD WITH A HAMMER . AT THE TIME OF DR. HOPKINS ARRIVAL , DR. BAKER WAS DRESSING MRS. DOVER'S WOUNDS AT THE HOME OF ROSS SMITH , JUST ACROSS THE STREET FROM WHERE DOVER WAS FOUND UNCONSCIOUS IN THE YARD OF HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW , MRS. WITHAM.

MRS. DOVER STATED THAT HER HUSBAND HAD BEEN THREATENING ALL WEEK TO KILL HER , BUT THAT SHE PAID VERY LITTLE ATTENTION TO HIS UTTERANCES BECAUSE SHE KNEW OF HIS MENTAL CONDITION . SHE IS A RATHER LARGE WOMAN , AND PHYSICALLY IS WELL ABLE TO CARE FOR HERSELF . SHE BELIEVES THAT DOVER HAD DELIBERATELY PLANNED THE ATTACK OF SATURDAY AND HAD WAITED UNTIL HER MOTHER LEFT THE HOUSE ON BUSINESS . SHE WAS ALONE IN THE ROOM WITH HER HUSBAND AND THEIR TWO YEAR OLD BABY WHEN DOVER SUGGESTED THAT THEY GO DOWN TOWN , STATING THAT HE INTENDED TO BUY HER A NEW SUIT. SHE GOT HER HAT AND WENT BEFORE A MIRROR TO PREPARE HERSELF TO COME TO TOWN , BUT WAS ATTRACTED BY THE BABY'S CRYING AND WENT AND PICKED THE CHILD UP AND SAT DOWN IN A CHAIR. SHE STATES THAT SHE HAD AN UNCANNY IMPRESSION THAT SOMETHING WAS GOING TO HAPPEN , AND ALMOST AS SOON AS SHE SAT DOWN , GOT UP AGAIN . JUST AS SHE DID SO DOVER ATTACKED HER WITH A RAZOR . SHE DROPPED THE CHILD AND FOUGHT HIM OFF , WITH A HAMMER .

APPARENTLY DOVER MADE TOWO STROKES WITH THE RAZOR ONE AT HIS WIFE AND ONE SELF INFLICTED TO HIS NECK. AND ONE BLOW TO HIS WIFE WITH THE HAMMER . HE HAD A SEVERE BLOW TO HIS FORHEAD WHICH WAS THOUGHT WAS FROM THE SAME HAMMER USED ON HIS WIFE. HE WAS STILL ALIVE , HOWEVER BREATHING THROUGH THE WOUND IN HIS NECK INSTEAD OF THROUGH HIS MOUTH AND NOSE .

DR. HOPKINS STATED THIS AFTERNOON THAT HE EXPECTS THE PATIENT TO RECOVER.