The Anaconda Standard
Anaconda, Montana - Friday March 22, 1901
HORRIBLE ACT OF A MOTHER
With Axe and Club She Smashed In the Heads of Her Six Children
IN A FIT OF INSANITY
She Put the Finishing Touch to the Tragedy by Attempting to Commit Suicide - Crawled Into Bed With Her Dead Babies and Slashed Her Throat With a Razor - She Will Recover - Can Give No Reason for Her Act.
Coldbrook, Mass., March 21, 1901 -- Mrs. Lizzie Naramore while in a fit of insanity today killed her six children at her home, a farm house half a mile from this village, and then tried to take her own life. The children ranges from 10 years to a babe of 10 months, and their lives were taken by the mother with an axe and a club. She laid their blood-drenched bodies on beds, two on one end, and the other four in another room, and then attempted to take her own life by cutting her throat with a razor.
When discovered, she was in the bed on which the bodies of the four children were lying. Although she cut a deep gash in her throat and suffered loss of much blood, it is believed she will recover.
Frank Naramore, the husband and father, left his home at the usual hour this morning to go to work at a saw mill, and at that time his wife did not attract his attention by acting strangely.
It is supposed the crime was committed shortly after noon. An employee of a grocery store who visited the Naramore house about 2:45 o'clock for the purpose of delivering groceries that had been previously ordered by Mrs. Naramore was unable to get in the house by the door and he looked in a window and noticed blood on the floor, while Mrs. Naramore was lying on the ded. He was surprized also by the absence of the children, whom he was accustomed to see playing in or about the house. He returned to the village and told of what he had seen.
A party was made up and a visit was made to the Naramore house, and the mutilated bodies of the six children in two beds were found, Mrs. Maramore was alive, but was very weak from loss of blood. Mrs. Naramore was removed to the village hotel and at a late hour to-night the attending physicians were confident that she would survive.
During the evening a number of neighbors of the family saw and talked with Mrs. Naramore and to them she told how she killed her six children. She said that she took the lives in four different rooms and as fast as she killed one child the body was placed in a bed.
The children were three boys and three girls. Ethel, 10 years of age, was the oldest, the ages of Walter, Charlie, Chester, Bessie and Lena ranging from eight years to 10 months, Lena being the baby.
Mrs. Naramore told her most intimate friends to-night that she first killed Ethel and then followed with the five others, each time taking the eldest. Five were killed by struck on the head with the back of an axe and little Lena was killed with a club. She says she fully expected the gash in her throat would cause her death and that when her husband returned at night he would find all of the bodies in the two beds. She appeared rational this evening and displayed signs of sorrow for the deed she had committed, although she was unable to give any reason for killing the children. Each of the children had evidently received several blows, as their heads were terribly bruised and blood was scattered in all directions about the rooms. Mrs. Naramore, had evidently made preparations for the deed, as the doors were all locked and barred with sticks of wood.
At about 9 o'clock Mrs. Naramore became worse and it is believed she will not live throughout the night. Her husband has been in the hotel, but he has not made any request to see her since his arrival.
Newark Daily Advocate
Newark, Ohio -Friday March 22, 1901
WITH AN AX
Insane Woman Killed Her Six Children and Completed Ghastly Act by Cutting Her Own Throat, Inflicting Probably Fatal Wound
Cold Brook Mass., March 22, -- Mrs Elizabeth Naramore who killed her six children last night and then tried to commit suicide, is still alive at noon today, but will probably die. The family while destitute, was much respected and the accepted theory is that the mother fearing that she and the children might have to go to the poor house became insane, and then followed the tragedy.
Cold Brook, Mass., March 22, -- In a fit of insanity, Mrs. Lizzie Naramore killed her six children at her home on a farm, about a half mile from this village, and then tried to take her own life. The children were Ethel, 10 years of age; Walter, Charlie, Chester, Bessie and Lena, whose age ranged from 8 years to 10 months, Lena being the baby, and their lives were by the demented mother with an ax and a club. She laid the blood-drenched bodies on the beds two on one bed and the other four on a bed in another room and then attempted to take her own life by cutting her throat with a razor. When discovered she was in the bed on which the bodies of the four children were lying. Although she cut a deep gash in her throat and suffered the loss of much blood, it is believed she will recover.
Frank Naramore, the husband and father, left his home at the usual hour to go to his work at a sawmill, and at that time his wife did not attract his attention by acting strangely. The discovery of the awful deed was made by George Thrasher, a neighbor. A number of neighbors were told by Mrs. Naramore how she killed her six children. She said that she killed them in different rooms, and as fast as she killed one child the body was placed on a bed.
Five were killed by being struck on head with the back of an ax, while little Lena was killed with a club. The woman says she expected the gash in her throat would cause her death, and that when her husband returned he would find all of the bodies in the two beds. She appears rational and displayed signs of sorrow for the deed she had committed, although she is unable to give any reason for killing the children.
The Times Democrat
Lima, Ohio -Thursday, March 23, 1901
And Hunger Caused A Woman to Kill Her Children
Cold Brook Mass., March 23, -- Mrs. Frank Naramore, who killed her six children, was well enough to be removed to the hospital in Worcester today. She says she was driven to the deed by poverty and hunger.
The Times Democrat
Lima, Ohio - Friday, May 24, 1901
PLEA SAVED THE LIFE OF A MURDERESS
Who Killed Her Six Children With Club and Ax
The Prisoner's Guilt was Admitted by the Defense and She Goes to the Insane Hospital for Life
Worcester, Mass., May 24 -- Mrs. Elizabeth Naramore, who killed her six children at their home in Coldbrook Springs, March 14, beating out their brains with as ax and a club, was arraigned in criminal court. The case was given to the jury after counsel had agreed that Mrs. Naramore killed the children and that she was insane at the time, though she is now sane. By order of the court the jury returned a verdict of not guilty because of insanity, and Mrs. Naramore was committed to the Worcester insane hospital for life.