Details of the Tragedy.
The Murderer Arrested.
The tragedy was a ghastly one m every detail. Swan, m an excess of passion, of which the cause is hot yet clear, murdered his wife with a savagery that almost baffles description. Swan, who is now m custody, is about fifty years of age, and has been a man of a peculiar and uncertain temper. A prohibition order against him expired m March, and was not renewed, as he had become 1 temperate. To-day he returned from work at 1 p.m., and for the rest of the day remained indoors. Ha was quiet and peaceful m demeanour, and, after tea sat reading the paper by the fireside. His wife was sewing, and the only other occupant of the room was their daughter, who was ironing. From all particulars the assault was sudden, and the struggle brief. A flat iron,, covered with blood, seems to show that Swan snatched this up, threw his wife on, , the floor, knelt on her, and using the point of the iron with great force, almost severed, her head from the body. There was also a gash across the chin, and a gaping wound on the side ef the head, which, exposed the brain.. There wasv no sign of a struggle. Dr Snow was summoned immediately, and found life extinct, the immediate cause o£ death being hemorrhage. After committing the deed Swan rushed from the house, but one of the girls had preceded him, calling that her mother was killed. She called on some men standing at hand to hold her father, and he was seized and the police sent for. At the Police Station Swan was calm and collected. He told the police that when he did the deed he did not know what he was doing. Although the affair occurred between 9.30 and 10 p.m. a large crowd assembled, and the news spreading quickly, caused a most painful sensation.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6608, 29 June 1905
Details of the Tragedy. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6608, 29 June 1905
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