1896: Murdered for Money

An Aged Connecticut Man Beaten to Death and Robbed in His Home.

Middletown, Conn., Feb. 29.–“In the little town of Cobalt, near here, Timothy Parmlee, 76 years of age, was found dead on the floor of his kitchen in his house yesterday. Mr. Parmlee lived alone, his wife having left him several years ago. Parmlee’s skull was broken in three places, his nose crushed and his face, head and body were covered with bruises, cuts and contusions. Nearby in a pool of blood was a flat-iron. It is thought that the deed was committed by burglars. No money was found in the old Man’s possession and his watch and chain were gone.”– From the Lawrence Daily Journal (Lawrence, Kansas), Feb. 29, 1896.

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