Bio: Schuette, Richard (Arrested for murder of his child - 1912)
Contact: Ann Stevens
Surnames: Schuette, Molle,
----Source: Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Dec 12, 1912
Schuette, Richard (Arrested for murder of
his child - Dec 1912)
Richard Schuette and wife, Annie Molle,
were arrested last week for the murder of their three weeks’
old baby in a hotel at Fargo, N.D. Only a few months ago
Richard Schuette, son of an old and respected family, was united in
marriage to Miss Annie Molle and went west to Colgate, N.D.
About two weeks ago they returned to Bright where they had rented
one of the Bright farms. The child was born while they were
in Dakota. On their way back to Wisconsin they put up at a
hotel at Fargo, N.D., where they committed this horrible
crime. The story of the deed is inhuman in its every
detail. The babe, scarcely three weeks old, was gagged and
placed alive in a dresser drawer and then deserted by its inhuman
father and unnatural mother who immediately came to
Wisconsin. The crime was not discovered for some days after
and but short time lapsed before the officers of the law had
located the guilty wretches and when they appeared at the Bright
farm. It was not long before Richard Schuette confessed to
the crime, but says that his wife was entirely guiltless so far as
the actual murder was concerned though she knew that she was
leaving her babe behind, and after threats kept her tongue
still. They have been taken back to Fargo, N.D., to answer to
the charge where Richard will probably get the extreme penalty for
his crime. Henry Molle, the father, and H.W. Hardrath, the
uncle of Mrs. Richard Schuette, went west immediately to do
everything possible to assist the young wife whose greatest crime
probably was in keeping the secret of her guilty husband from the
officers of the law.
Later—Richard Schuette plead guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment in the North Dakota prison.
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