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A Modern Bluebeard.

United Press Association—By Electric Telegraph—Copyright. New York, May 20 Johann Hook a has been sentenced to death for wife murders in Chicago and London. [Johann Hock is a German, who seems to have lived for some years by making a profession of marrying. The highest estimate of the number of his wives iia thirtynine. He is said to have poisoned a number of these, and deserted the rest. His victims were mostly elderly women of means, and he succeeded in gaining remarkable power over them. His arrest was due to a proposal of marriage. Having rested a room in Chicago, he at once began to pay marked attention to his landlady, a handsome German widow, Mrs Kummerle. By the afternoon of the same day he had become her ardent wooer, and in the evening proposed marriage. Mrs Kummerle was lnclinedjto treat the affair as a joke until.she happened to see his portrait in an evening newspaper, and immediately identified him, and informed the police. When at the police station he proposed marriage to the police matron at the end of five minutes' ohat, but was scornfully rejected. His rapid methods may be gauged from the evidence at the inquest on one of his wives, the deceased woman's sister stating that before the body was cold Hock began courting her. They were married a few days later, and he finally abandoned her and took with him- all her savings.]

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A Modern Bluebeard., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6576, 22 May 1905

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A Modern Bluebeard. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6576, 22 May 1905

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