Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Jacob Fisher's Suicide

New York, 1895

Shot Himself Before the Eyes of the Woman Who Jilted Him.

Jacob Fisher, aged 26, a brass moulder of Brooklyn, committed suicide Monday afternoon by shooting himself through the head at the residence of Mrs. Rother, a married sister of his, at Evergreen, Newtown. His father said that the only reason for his son's deed that he could imagine was that the young man had been jilted in love by a young woman. A week ago she married a man by the name of Keeler, and the couple went to live in Mrs. Rother's house.

Young Fisher left his father's house early Monday morning to visit his sister. Mrs. Rother noticed that he did not seem to be in good spirits. About 2 o'clock she went out in the yard on an errand. She had barely left the room when she heard the report of a pistol shot, and, running back, found her brother lying at the foot of the stairs leading to Mrs. Keeler's room. It is thought that he heard Mrs. Keeler coming down stairs, and that he hurried to the hallway and shot himself before the eyes of his former sweetheart.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, Feb. 8, 1895, p. 12.

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