Transcribers note: The articles on the Tompkyns/Tonkin murder, change the spelling of names, without notice, for the first two days, Tonkin was spelt Tompkyns in the Post-Dispatch and 1 day in the Globe-Democrat, and then changed to Tonkin with no explanation, several other names are treated the same way. If at any point I have put a word description, or comment, it will be in these sort of parentheses { }. All spellings of words are how they were in the paper. Karen King - kleeking@mindspring.com

 

 

St. Louis Daily Globe Ė Democrat December 26, 1881 page 7

TONKIN TAKEN TO THE TOMB.

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Obsequies of the Victim of a Sunday Nightís Shooting Ė The Confessed Murderess and Her Christmas Cheer.

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Among the local scenes of yesterday was a quiet procession of carriages, which led out from the corner of Eighteenth and Orange streets. The hearse had started from 1733 Orange street, and bore the body of Tonkin, the man who was killed in front of the Second Presbyterian Church a few days ago. Naturally the odd spectacle of a funeral on Christmas day became an interesting theme for neighborhood gossip, and the additional fact that the subject of the obsequies had died by violence, gave force and interest to the subject.

People paused in their course and gathered about the doorway to stare at the dark shining coffin as it passed from the house to the hearse. Inside the house there was mourning and sobbing when the friends and family gazed for the last time upon the face of the dead.

In one sense it was a burial without funeral ceremony, there being no religious services whatever. After the relatives had taken their farewell look at the face, the coffin was closed and silently lifted from the parlor into the hearse. About twelve carriages accompanied the hearse, the friends of the dead man being present in full force. These were six pall-bearers, including William Fogarty and Robert Fey, intimate personal friends of the deceased. The remains were interred in Calvary Cemetery, Mrs. Tonkin did not go out to the cemetery, being unwell. The principal flora offerings were a heart and cross.

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The Prisonersí Christmas.

The detectives are still looking for the man who was with Kitty Mulcahy when the shot was fired at Tonkin. At present the chances of success seem very slim. Somebody whose sympathies were aroused left an order at a restaurant yesterday morning, and shortly after noon the prisoner, Kitty Mulcahy, found herself sitting down to a savory Christmas dinner, composed of turkey and cranberry sauce and pie. The meal formed an agreeable contrast to the diet of the prison, and was devoured with a keen relish.

During the afternoon she was visited by an attorney, who, it is said, has succeeded in getting her to contradict all that she has said. This is understood to have been done as a preparation for the coming trial, as Kitty still tells the old story to the officers, whose sympathy, by the way, is entirely in her favor. A warrant will probably be issued for her in the course of a few days, which will bring the case to a close, so far as the public are concerned, until the accomplice is discovered or the matter comes to trial.

 

 

 

December 27, 1881 page 3

KITTY SEES GHOSTS.

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The Murderess of Tonkin Canít Sleep Ė An Unavailing Search for an Alleged Husband.

There were no new developments in the Tonkin murder yesterday. Kitty Mulcahey still claims to have killed him, but the number of people who disbelieve her story is considerable. She says that if they had asked her in the Morgue just after she got a glance at the dead manís face she would have told them the truth then, because she would have been afraid to lie in the presence of the dead body. The unfortunate woman says she can not sleep. When she feels herself getting drowsy she throws water in her face. She believes the dead come back. She claims that she has not slept two hours since she was imprisoned. While talking to some detectives the other night she asserted that she saw a manís face at the barred window in the door leading from the calaboose to the engine room. She saw the face come to the window two or three times and didnít want to look up tot he men who were speaking to her.

Billy Scharlot says that Kitty married a man named Lamont, a drummer, who resided on Jefferson avenue, between Morgan street and Franklin avenue. He says McKay is the girlís real name, and from other and very worthy sources it is learned that this latter statement is true.

An evening paper last night published the statement that Lamont, the former husband of Tonkinís confessed murderess, was a resident of Jefferson avenue, between Franklin avenue and Morgan street, and added that he was the drummer whom Kitty was with upon that fateful night. With a view of ascertaining the truth to the above, a tour was made of all the houses within the immediate neighborhood. Inquiry among the servants and householders disclosed the unreliability of the report, as no one knew or had ever heard of the man being in that part of the city.

 

 

December 28, 1881 page 8

A CRIMINAL CONUNDRUM.

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The Police Puzzled to Decide What to Do with the Girl Who Shot Tonkin.

The prosecuting officials find themselves in a rather awkward position as regards the female prisoner charged with the killing of Tonkin. The records of the Police Department show that the girl is being held for the Coroner. The Coroner says that he can not swear out a warrant against her upon the testimony now in his hands, and the police can not swear to one when they have no positive testimony but her own evidence. Mr. Turner, who saw the shot fired, will not swear that she is the person who fired it, and it would only be folly to suppose that she would convict herself, although her admission might be used to some little advantage under the law it is the duty of the Coroner to submit his testimony to the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of the Court of Criminal Correction. It is the duty of the latter to consider it carefully, and issue a warrant, if necessary for the prosecution of the defendant. In the testimony of the Coroner there is nothing upon which the charge could be based. As the case stands the officials can hold the prisoner until the warrant is rejected, unless she should hire a lawyer and go out on a writ of habeas corpus. As yet she has taken no steps to that end. She seems to feel that she had a right to shoot the man under the circumstances, and is apparently confident that she will come out of the difficulty easily whether the other evidence is discovered or not. Capt. Fruchte, who was asked about the matter yesterday afternoon, intimated to a GLOBE-DEMOCRAT reporter his belief that it would be difficult to resist her discharge under a writ of the about character.

 

 

 

December 29, 1881 page 7

 

A Warrant for Kitty Mulcahey.

Chief of Detectives Watkins brought the controversy about the probable discharge of Kitty Mulcahey to an abrupt termination yesterday by swearing out a warrant in the Court of Criminal Correction. The warrant was drawn up by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Dierkes, and charges the woman with murder in the first degree. The witnesses chose names appear upon the documents are: Charles H. Turner, James Buckley, Wash Trimble, Frank Watkins, and the reporters of the several daily papers who were present when the prisoner admitted her guilt of the offence. The testimony of Trimble goes to show that the woman was given the pistol, that of Mr. Turner that a woman of her description fired the shot, while the reporters and Watkins are to swear to her own statement.

Mr. Watkins says that he does not know what effect the evidence will have with the Court, but imagines that it is sufficient to warrant and examining magistrate in holding her over. When the prisoner was told that the warrant had been issued she said she was glad of it. They would put her in the jail and get her away from the rats. She evidently had faith in her ultimate escape without a very long term of imprisonment. Kitty is now prepared to tell the public that she has been married, and that her real name is Lamont. However, she is willing to admit that Mr. Lamont does not hold as respectable a place in her esteem as another young man whose name has been given publicly with her own recently.

 

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December 18 Ė Fred Tonkin, a horse clipper, was shot under mysterious circumstances at Seventeenth and Lucas place. Kitty Mulcahy, a prostitute, confessed to the killing and is under arrest.