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Mrs. Annie Hunning
who lives 4 miles south of Murphy, Jefferson County Missouri confessed last Tuesday to assisting in the murder of her husband, Martin Hunning, so that she and the man who shot Hunning thru a window about 8 o'clock at night Dec. . Joe Seidel, would not be bother any further with him. Hunning suspected his wife and Seidel looked for a rumpus, and in the evening she pulled a sewing machine close to a window near which a telephone hung, set a lamp on the machine to throw a good light on her husband and Seidel did the rest with a shot gun. Hunning was buried after an inquest which revealed nothing, but the St. Louis papers kept up such a row about the case that the prosecuting attorney and sheriff caused another inquest to be held, at which, tho nothing but the lack of sorrow on the part of the widow was suspicious, the pair was arrested and put in jail at Hillsboro. The sheriff conversed with Seidel in a low tone but so the Hunning woman could see them and she thot her pal was giving her away so she told all about it, had it written down and sworn to. In each case, flat denial was made of any knowledge of the crime until culprit fancied there was no hope of escape, then only to be saved from severer penalty.
Source: Chariton Courier, Keytesville, Chariton County, MO Jan. 19, 1912