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Bronx murder 1907 - Killoran

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Re: Bronx murder 1907 - Killoran

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3 June 1907
Ten Stab Wounds in Woman's Body
-- "Don't Hit Mamma," Boy Heard to Cry
Bronx Woman Had Returned to Husband After Quarrel
Patrolman BROWN of the AIexander avenue station, the Bronx, was
standing at the corner of 145th street and Willis avenue early this
morning when two men ran up and breathlessly asked to be directed to
a doctor. The manner in which the men acted aroused the curiosity of
the officer and he ordered the strangers to show him the house where
one of them had said his wife was seriously ill. The officer was led
to the fourth story of a brick tenement at 403 East 146th street,
where on the kitchen floor lay the body of a woman with six stab
Wounds in her neck and four wounds apparently inflicted by a
jagged knife in the body.
BROWN arrested both men. He learned that the dead woman was Kate
KILLORAN, 29 years old, the wife of James KILLORAN, one of the prisoners.
In a bedroom adjoining the kitchen was a 3-year-old boy, who was
weeping bitterly and saying between his sobs: "Papa hit mama; papa
hit mama." The boy was the son of KILLORAN.
After Patrolman BROWN had turned his prisoners over to a brother
officer he made an investigation of the circumstances surrounding
the murder. From Martin COSTELLO, who lives on the third floor of
the tenement, directly below the KILLORANS, he learned that shortly
before midnight there was a row in the KILLORAN apartment.
The noise subsided for a time, according to COSTELLO, then the
quarrel was renewed. He heard hurried footsteps in the room above
and then sounds of loud thumping in the intervals between the sounds
of the struggle. COSTELLO said he heard the little boy crying,
"Don't hit mama, papa; don't hit her."
Suddenly, according to COSTELLO, there was a crash, as if a body had
fallen heavily to the floor. Then he heard someone turning on the
faucet in the sink. It is the belief of the police that the person
who murdered the woman was washing his hands.
The police learned that six weeks ago KILLORAN quarreled with his
wife and she left him. Last night she returned home, apparently
reconciled. In the pocket of her jacket was found a note which read:
"Come home, Kate, and let us be happy."
When KILLORAN was questioned by Officer BROWN, he stated that
shortly before midnight he had awakened his wife and told her he
heard someone at the door. He said he asked for the key to the door,
which according to his story she refused to give him. Beyond this,
KILLORAN refused to say anything.
The lad who was found crying was taken to the rooms of the Gerry
Society. It is believed by the police he may give some damaging
evidence against his father.
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