THE EVENING INDEPENDENT , -EXCLUSIVE ASSOCIATED PRESS, CENTRAL, PRESS, CONSOLIDATED PRESS ASSOCIATION DISPATCHES EDITION VOL. LXV, NO. 22 ESTABLISHED 1863 MASSILLON, OHIO, TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 1931 (TWELVE PAGES) TWO CENTS
Insane Ohio Man Kills Three, Commits Suicide POURS GASOLINE OVER WIFE, STEPSON' Wife and Stepson Die in Lodi Hospital of Burns RUNS FOR HELP Young Man, With Clothes Aflame, Summons Neighbors WEST' SALEM, April 14.
—Suddenly gone insane James McGregor, 65, poured gasoline on his wife and stepson and set them afire at his home near here' early today, then fatally stabbed a boarder, and then committed suicide. Mrs. McGregor and her son died a few hours later in a hospital at Lodi. > Neighbors discovered the tragedy about two hours after it happened, when McGregor's stepson, with his clothes burned off and in a dying condition, staggered to the nearby home of Mrs. Paul Whittemore. Badly Burned . . > At the McGregor home, the neighbors found Mrs. Alice McGregor, critically burned. Clayton McAfee the boarder, was dead with a butcher knife wound through him, and McGregor's body was found in a shed in the rear. He had hung himself with a log chain. The house was on fire and its interior showed the . effects of the struggle made by' McAfee and the stepson, Harold Riddle, 25, in efforts to subdue the crazed husband. The burning woman and her son collapsed while their clothes burned off them, and McGregor then went to the shed and ended his own life. Calls For Help Mrs. Paul Whittemore, to whose home the fatally burned man staggered, said she could not explain how he had the strength to get there. He was so burned, she said, that he was unrecognizable. | Mrs. McGregor and Riddle were rushed to a hospital at Lodi, both were unconscious when they reached there, and Riddle died shortly afterward. Doctors said Mrs. McGregor probably would die also. Before she became unconsclous, Mrs. McGregor said her husband had gone stark mad before the killing. He had shouted and cursed and accused her of infidelity. Sets Match To Fuel For a few minutes the husband quieted down, and the wife and her son were sitting on the davenport. McGregor said he wanted to' "whisper" to her. Instead he stepped forward and threw a can of gasoline on them, and then touched a flaming match to the fuel. In a moment, Mrs. McGregor and Riddle were covered with flames. When McAfee ran into the room, McGregor grabbed a butcher knife and ran it through him. Then the maddened husband brought another can of gasoline and threw it on his flaming wife and stepson. Mrs. Whittemore said there had been trouble in the McGregor family for some time and that Mrs. McGregor had feared a tragedy, but that only a few hours before the killings, the husband and wife had appeared to be reconciled.
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