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INVERCARGILL TRAGEDY.

MURDERER'S INSANITY.

iPBESfI AHBOCUTION.I INVEttCAUUILL, April 14. An inquest concerning, the death of .tke victims of the Cnrian street trajjedy was concluded last evening. Archibald McLean, city missionary, .said he had daily opportunity of observing Baxter's relatianß with bis .family. Baxter was not hasty tem_pered, and witness had never heard .angry words..- Baxter had been ill tor .about a month. Dr Ewart described the. wounds, and ; added that insane people were liable to impulses which may sometimes be of such force as to be irresistible. There may or may not be signs of intellectual aberration. 'Ihe chief feature .of disorder was impulse to destroy, and may not be controlled by a_ person, George McCarter, employed in Bax.ter's shop and nursery, said that on Monday preceding the tragedy Baxter , was pale and very quiet,' and seemed in a low .and weak state. He seemed for about a fortnight. Margaret Mcltobie, who had nursed Mrs Baxter through her recent illness, said that Baxter was kind to his family, but for a fortnight before witness j left the house he had been complaining | -of pains in the head. Witness thought him far from Bane. He would lie in bed all day, sometimes go -out for a •part of the day, and then come home and go to bed. During this fortnight "he seemed miserable and ate little. •One night he took a bottle of laudanum tfrom witness' room, and when asked to return it "he said the "bottle had been broken. , - The jury; found that James ,Reid Baxter committed suicide while suffering from impulsive insanity," and that rfche other victims met their, deaths at "his hands while so .suffering, ,The police were specially commended for their action in dealing with the emergency.

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INVERCARGILL TRAGEDY., Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume LIII, Issue LIII, 14 April 1908

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INVERCARGILL TRAGEDY. Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume LIII, Issue LIII, 14 April 1908

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