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Edith ROSCOE Murdered by Peter H. WORDEN on 1903--Who are they?
Posted by: Kathy S. (ID *****1414) Date: April 01, 2008 at 15:35:54
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Does anyone know who this EDITH and/or SHERMAN ROSCOE are?

According to a newspaper account (see below) EDITH ROSCOE was murdered by Peter H. Worden while visitn at her brother SHERMAN ROSCOE's home near Sherman, CT.

I have a Jeremiah ROSCOE living just across the border in NY and married to an Ann WORDEN. Am trying to connect the two Wordens and/or the two Roscoes.
Here is the text of the newspaper article:

Syracuse NY Daily Journal
June 27, 1903

Jealous of Niece, He Murdered Her

Peter Worden Also Attempted Lives of Sister-In-Law Of Victim and Himself.

DANBURY, Conn., June 27, ~ In love with this 16-year-old niece, Edith Roscoe, and jealous of her friendship for another member of the family, Peter H. Worden, 45 years old, murdered her by cutting her throat as she lay in bed this morning, crushed the skull of the girlís sister-in-law, in whose home he was a guest, and inflicted probably fatal injuries upon himself.

The crime was committed in an old fashioned farmhouse, the home of Sherman Roscoe, between the villages of New Fairfield and Sherman, 14 miles from this city. The home of both Worden and the murdered girl were in Carmel, N.Y., where they belong to respectable families. They went to Sherman a few days ago to visit at the Roscoe home.

When Mrs. Sherman Roscoe descended to the kitchen to prepare breakfast, Worden, who knew that the men of the family were in the stables milking, concealed himself behind a door and sprang upon her from behind and beat her into unconsciousness with a hammer.

Half an hour later Mrs. Roscoe was found by her husband, staggering about the yard, dazed and blinded. She was able to tell him that a man had beaten her. Seizing his rifle, Roscoe hurried up stairs, guided by his sisterís cries for help. He found her upon the bed in her room dying. Worden sat upon the edge of the bed. As Roscoe covered him with his gun Worden shot himself in the temple with a revolver.

Miss Roscoe lived a short time after her brother found her. She said she knew of no cause for he crime except Wordenís jealousy. She said she awoke and found him standing over her laughing. When she attempted to leave he seized her and cut her throat. Then, using the razor upon himself, he told her to die and he would die with her.

Miss Roscoe is in the hospital in this city in critical condition. Worden was brought to the hospital her a prisoner. He prepared a written statement before beginning his crime and referred his questioners to it for an explanation. He had expressed displeasure the day before because the girl did not permit him to read a letter she had written to another relative.

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