Pike County, Ohio
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Ten Days of Bliss, Then a Young Lady Happens Along and Has Him Arrested.
Ironton, Ohio, April 2 - George Munson, an employe of the Norfolk and Western railroad, is in jail here on the charge of bastardy preferred against him by Katie Blowers, a pretty 19 year old girl.  Munson's home is at Waverly, Ohio, where he married an estimable young woman ten days ago.  [The Fort Wayne Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Indiana) Saturday, 02 Apr 1892, p.1]

Poisoned By the Father
Eight Little Ones Lose Their Lives on Account of Jealousy
Griffin, Ohio, Oct. 10 News has just reached this city of a tragedy that occurred in Pike county, near Milner, on Monday, in which eight or nine children lost their lives by poison administered by their father. It seems that Tom
Speer, taking advantage of his wife's absence, and being prompted by jealousy, administered the fatal drug to his children. The fiend is now behind bars. [The Langston City Herald, Langston City, O. T., October 19, 1895 - DD - Sub. by FoFG]

Mysterious Murders
Waverly, Ohio, Sept. 19.-Yesterday morning the eight-year-old son of J.J. Van Meter of the village of Idaho awoke to find himself alone in the house. After waiting an hour he started to go to his grandfather's, a mile away. In a short time he came upon the mutilated and dead bodies of his mother and the baby. Van Meter is missing. He has given evidence of unsoundness of mind. The theory is that he murdered his wife and baby and perhaps killed himself. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) September 21, 1892, page 3]


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