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Saturday, August 4, 2018

A Murder Committed Three Years Ago.

(From Baltimore Sun, March 24, 1882)
A Murder Committed Three Years Ago—
A Dying Woman’s Confession

Norfolk, March 23,— About three years ago the dead body of a stranger, on which was found a card with the name “Schweiner” on it, was discovered lying near the river bank, about a mile form Elizabeth  City, N. C. There were no marks of violence upon the body, but it was apparent that he came to his death by foul means. At the coroner’s request it was shown that he had come into town from toward Norfolk, drank beer at several restaurants, and displayed a roll of money. He also stopped at a disreputable house kept by one Hickman, on Poindexter street, where also live a woman named Narcissas Miller. There were various surmises as to the murder. Among others it was whispered that Hickman had something to do with it. It was proved, however, that the murdered man had considerable money with him when he arrived in the town, and there was no money upon the dead body when found. The murdered man had a brother  doing business in Baltimore who was informed of the tragedy. A detective was sent out from Baltimore to work up the case but nothing came of it.

Soon after the murder Hickman settled in Norfolk, and the murder passed away from the minds of men. A few days ago the woman, Narcissas Miller, who accompanied Hickman to Norfolk, being sick and expected to die, made a dying declaration that Schweiner was murdered by Hicmkan in her house, in Elizabeth City.

3 comments :

Gary W. Wilson says:
August 4, 2018 at 11:31 PM

This is my favorite blog on the internet! For years now I make sure to check in every Saturday to read the new post. But I've really missed reading the longer cases and the murder ballads that came to be from each case. I see the "Coming Soon" names and was just wondering when we can expect to read some of them?
You do an awesome job with this blog and I just want you to know how much I appreciate and enjoy all the hard work you put into it!!! Keep up the great work!!! And many Thanks from your fan in Georgia!

Robert Wilhelm says:
August 5, 2018 at 9:32 AM

Thank you, Gary, I really appreciate the feedback. I am planning some longer posts, including some ballad related. At the moment, I am also working on a book and a podcast so I don't have the time necessary for long posts. As a compromise I have been doing shorter posts on less famous murders (most are longer than this one.) Keep watching, there is more to come. Thanks again, RW.

Gary W. Wilson says:
August 5, 2018 at 10:03 PM

Awesome news! Looks like I'm a winner either way because I've also read your books and loved them! Please let us know about the podcast, that sounds awesome too. Again, keep up the great job you're doing, I don't know what I would do on Saturday mornings without your blog.
Your Faithful Follower from Georgia! (Not in a stalking kind of way) lol!

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