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Husband of Lorinda Margaret Garner-Osborne-Baker-Sullivan
Contributed by Jim Reavis
The ______________________________________________ your correspondence to the notorious murderer.
A. T. Waldle, After shaking hands in rather a cordial manner the prisoner took his seat by the stove and resumed his pipe. He seemed somewhat nervous and excited at first, but resumed his usual quiet and meditative air, when the following conversation took place:
Question: Have you any objection to conversing in regard to the murder for which you are arraigned?
Answer: I have nothing new to add to what has already been said.
Q. Question: Why did you give yourself up after the shooting?
A. Answer: Because I did not want to go away.
Q. Question: What weapon did you use?
A. Answer: five shooter Winchester derringer, caliber 38.
Q. Question: What motive had you in killing Mr. Sullivan?
A. Answer: I did it to keep him from killing me.
Q. Question: Which party did you shoot first, the man or his wife?
A. Answer: The pistol went off and shot Mrs. Sullivan first.
Q. Question: Did you aim to shoot her?
A. Answer: No, the shot was accidental.
Q. Question: How long previous to the moocher of Sullivan did you become acquainted with Mrs. S.?
A. Answer: I became acquainted with her in 1886. She and I both stayed in the same hotel for three years.
Q. Question: Did you ever make any declarations of love to the lady?
A. Answer: No answer.
Q. Question: Did she reciprocate your love?
A. Answer: I decline to talk upon this subject. It will come out at the trial.
Q. Question: Did you plead guilty of murder in the second degree?
A. Answer: No: I plead not guilty.
Q. Question: When was the crime committed?
A. Answer: Sometime between 12 and 1 o’clock on the night of the 13th of May.
Q. Question: Why were you that place so late?
A. Answer: Was employed in the office of Wells Fargo & Co. waited until after the arrival of the stage from Baker City, when I went to Chansia’s hotel; me, Sullivan, his wife, and mother-in-law; the walk being narrow, stepped off into the street to give them a chance to go by me I stepped back to the walk Sullivan turned around to me and said? Don’t you lay your hands on her, if you do I’ll cut your heart out. At these words the pistol went off.
Q. Question: Did you recognize the parties?
A. Answer: Why of course I did.
Waddle conversed freely in
regard to this most cowardly and unwarranted murder. While speaking
of Sullivan’s death, and the probably recovery of Mrs. S., his face seemed
to light up with a mania?? delight. A sinister and fiendish smile
played over his contracted features, and his small keen eyes seemed to
dance with delight at the thought; to fact his every action betrayed but
to plainly his thoughts. He seems sanguine of being cleared on the
grounds of self defense.
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