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HALVERSON, John


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    Cambria Freeman, 20April1900, Contributed by Lisa Baker

FIVE MEN MURDERED.
An Italian Murders Four Men and Wounded two Others at Windber.

One Italian, with the aid of the murder-derous (sic) stiletto and a revolver, killed four men and wounded two others so that they may die, at a speakeasy and sporting house at Windber, Somerset county, on Sunday night. He himself was unscathed and made his escape.

The row occurred about 10:15 o'clock, at a house near No. 31 mine of the Berwind-White company. It is a little one-story shanty, with the basement banked around with earth, and the next morning piles of beer kegs found in this latter compartment attest to the fact that the previous day was a field day for the habitues of the place.

The woman who conducts the establishment is of French extraction, and until a short time ago was known as Mrs. Steux . She claimed, however, to have been married to an Italian about two weeks ago, though she does not know, or will not tell his correct name.

The first intimation outsiders had of trouble in the place that night was a man bursting from the door, yelling that he had been cut, running along the street for a short distance, and then falling over dead. He was followed by another, and he by a third. The fourth man died in the house and both of the wounded men were found there. The strange part about it is that every person in the place who escaped seemed to have so far concealed the fact—the women excepted.

The authorities have been searching in vain for some one who could give a clue to the murderer, but nothing more can be learned than that he was an Italian who wore a slouch hat with a crease in it. The dead are:

John Halverson, a Swede.

Ed. P. McCauley, an American, whose home is near Hastings, this county.

Gust Grieyback, a Slav, who had evidently been in this country a good while, as he spoke very good English.

Samuel Shives, of American birth.

Thomas Kipling and “Jerk” Buckwalter, both English-speaking men, are the wounded. They have been badly cut and the result of their wounds cannot yet beforetold.

Mrs. Steux and two other men who were inmates of the place were put under arrest and are now in the lockup at Scalp Level. They refuse to talk, however, beyond making the statement that some other men besides those mentioned above were slightly cut, which should make it all the easier to find out who they are. Every effort is being made to find some clue which will lead to the capture of the murderer.

The house where the crime occurred has long been known as a bad place. It is at the extreme end of the street, and has been frequented by many of the employes, both American and foreign-born, of the Berwind-White company's No. 31 mine, nearby, as well as others.

A closer investigation of the dead bodies shows that none of the men met death by the shots which were heard. All were killed by the stiletto. Halverson, the Swede, was stabbed in the middle of the left side, a main artery being severed, and he died almost instantly. McCauley was stabbed in the right lung. The wound of Shives was in the pit of the stomach. The manner of Grievback's death is really quite remarkable and shows that the man who handled the weapon must have been an expert. It went entirely through his right arm and penetrated far enough into his right lung to be fatal.

One of the wounded men has a bad cut in his leg and the other is hacked several places about the body.

Later in the day a fourth girl by the name of Robison was arrested and incarcerated. Up to this time, the authorities have not been successful in apprehending the murderer and he is still at large.

Thomas Kipling, the fifth victim, died on Tuesday afternoon at his home in Weindber. He was stabbed through the bladder and there was at no time any hope of recovery. Kipling was 24 years of age and came from Philipsburg.

Bulkwalter and George, the two others who received injuries, are doing well and it is expected that they will be about in a few days.

The investigation by the coroner's jury disclosed the fact that the murders were committed by three men instead of one as was generally supposed. The verdict finds that John Halverson, Gustav Grieyback, Edward McCauley, Samuel Shively, and Thomas Kipling came to their death on Sunday night, the 15th of April, by stiletto wounds received from weapons in the hands of Frank Napoleon, Antonio Medina, and Andrew Crunzo, three Italians.

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