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SEQUEL TO A SENSATIONAL MURDER. Advices from New York bring news of. a terrible case of murder a/id suicide, in whlci hypnotic Influence Is alleged. Early in January the Rev. J. H. Carmlchael was stated to be missing from Adair (Michigan), since the discovery in a stove in his church, of a dismembered body, believed to be that of Gideon Browning, a local carpenter, a fact earlier published on this page. Following the Identification of teeth found In the stove as being Browning's, an offer of, a ward was made for the Information leading to the clergyman's arrest. It was said that, on the day of the tragedy, Mr Carnrlohael sent to a fellow-minister, a JVir Baldwin, of Detroit, a. copy of a. novel he hailk just written, containing, protagonists and a climax which suggest a solution of the, mysterious crime. A subsequent telegram stated t'h/jt after eluding justice, for four days, the John Haviland Carmlchael committed sol; clde after writing an extraordinary letter to the sheriff of Port Huron. In it he described how he murdered .Gideon Browning, a carpenter, in Raftlerun Church, Columbus, Michigan. Mr Carmlchael, who was a man of unblemished character, and beloved for his philanthropy,, cut the body of his uneducated friend to pieces, and. tried to bpr_ it lithe church stove. The letter of confession was a remarkable, human document. The minister, whose hobby, was, the writing of melodramatic stories, declares that Browning exerted an unceasing hypnotic, influence over; him. He ordered him to come to church at midnight, and, meeting him there, exulted cparsely in the control he had, uncouth and unlettered as he was, over the actions of a man of education. "Browning," wrote the minister, "commanded mc to raise my hand. I could not help myself. I had to do exactly as he bade mc. I was horrified at the discovery pf my lmpotency and my helpless subjection to this rough man's wicked wlil. In frenzied despair I seized a hatchet, apd struck him. There was a desperate struggle. I used the hatchet till he lay quiet I cannot tell how It happened. My eyes fell on a knife, and, In mortal terror and fear, I cut the body In pieces, placed It In the stove, and fled. Now I am tired of hiding." thp minister, before he took his life, wrote a second letter to his wife, accusing himself of the basest cowardice in not going immediately to the police to confess his crime, which, even at the moment of , death, he was unable to explain to himself.

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HYPNOTIC MYSTERY., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909

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HYPNOTIC MYSTERY. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909

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