WALTER BUNCH IN JEALOUS RAGE FATALLY WOUNDS ANNA
DOYLE THEN SENDS SHOT THROUGH HIS OWN HEART
AFFRAY IN FOURTH
Well Known Gambler Has
Quarrel with his Al-
Shoots Her Above Heart,
Through Abdomen and
Finishes Up By Shooting Him-
self Through Heart,
Woman Told Physicians That
Bunch Killed Her But
Could Say No More.
Other Occupants of the Flat
Said Couple Had Been
Woman Died While on the
Walter Bunch, in a jealous rage,this afternoon, shot Anna Doyle, his alleged mistress, six times, inflictingfatal wounds. He then shot himselfthrough the heart, dying instantly. Mrs.Doyle died at 2:15, being shot over the heart, through the abdomen and in theleg.
Today at noon a call came to Capt.Smith, at police headquarters, to come at once to 210 1/2 Fourth street. Capt. Smith inquired what was wanted, and whowas calling, but the party at the other end refused to give any names, buturged him to come.
About the same time a man namedFred Mays, colored, met Officers [sic] Fleming and told him there had been ashooting scrape in the Annie Doyle flat.
Hurrying there he met Capt. Smithentering and they went to the third floor and were told by two women on thethird floor that Annie Doyle and Walter Bunch had a quarrel and that they hadheard shooting.
Approaching the rear from theofficers found the door closed with a bullet hole through it.
Opening the door they found AnnieDoyle lying on the floor with her feet near the door. She was desperately wounded, but conscious.
Bunch was lying on the bedsweltering in blood, and dead, with two wounds in sight, a bullet havingentered his cheek, and passed through his head, coming out near the base of theskull, and a wound on the left side through the heart.
The weapon, an automatic, was foundon the bed with Bunch.
The officers called the cityambulance and hurried the woman to St.Joseph's hospital, having called Dr. Gaynor before they left the rooms, and he met them on theirarrival at the hospital.
There it was found that the womanwas desperately wounded and the physician gave it as his opinion that there wasvery little chance for recovery. Therewas a bullet wound on the left side over the heart, another on the right sidewhich entered the abdomen and one bullet entered the right leg above the knee.
Other physicians were called in.
On the way to the hospital theDoyle woman told the officers that Bunch had shot her and had then killedhimself. They had had quarrels, and thismorning she ordered him to leave her place. He was packing up his belongings when she entered the room, the quarrelwas then renewed and the shooting followed immediately.
When the officers returned to theapartments after having removed the woman to the hospital, they immediatelycalled Coroner Ben O. Robinson and Prosecuting Attorney Hiteshew. The latter was out of town and before CoronerRobinson ordered the body removed to the undertakers for a further examination, he announced that he would hold an inquest,probably in the morning.
The two women in the apartments ofthe Doyle woman gave their names as Olga Wolfe and Jeannette Henderson. They knew very little of the affair,according to their statements to the Sentinel reporter and the officers. They said they were both from Wheeling, and that theywere the guests of the Doyle woman during the Fair.
This morning, a short time beforethe shooting the Doyle woman came to the front room, where they were staying,and told them that she had told Walter to get out of the house and that he wasthen packing up his belongings. In a fewminutes afterward Annie went to the rear room, and then they heard a screamfollowed by the shooting.
A young man was in the front roomwith them at the time. They declared thathe was a friend of Annie's and they did not know his name. He was gone with the officers arrived.
The room where the tragedy occurredresembles a shambles. Where the womanwas lying on the floor there are two pools of blood, the rug being discolored. The bed on whichBunch was lying, was saturated with his life's blood, and part of the brain hadexuded from the ghastly wound in the head. It was a sight which made some of those in the room sick.
The father of Bunchwho resides six miles above the city, was in town, and learning of the shootingwent to the house with the officers on their second trip. He appeared to be dazed by the awfulspectacle when he gazed on the lifeless form of his son, and asked the officersif his wife, the woman he shot, was still living. He said that Walter was thirty-one years ofage and is survived by only one half sister.
Friends of the couple say thatBunch was desperately jealous of the woman, and had previously threatenedmurder and suicide. Bunch was aprofessional gambler and well known about town. His health, it is said, had been failing ever since he had a legamputated.
Death Came to The Woman.
As quickly as the woman was removedto the hospital she was placed on the operating table, but it was seen that thewounds were mortal, and that it would be impossible to save her life. She lapsed into unconsciousness soon afterher arrival and her death occurred at 2:15. Her remains were removed to the undertaking rooms of Leavitt &Company, where the remains of Bunch had been taken some time before.
Autopsy and Inquest.
Coroner B. O. Robinson stated thisafternoon that an autopsy will be held tonight, when a complete examination ofthe wounds will be made. A coroner'sinquest will be held on Monday, when all the evidence will be taken in regardto the deplorable affair.
Tried to Make Statement.
While Dr. Hubert Gainor was endeavoring to staunch the flow of bloodimmediately after the woman was brought to the hospital, she told him thatWalter Bunch had shot her. She was in aconscious condition for a few minutes afterwards, and talked with Rev. FatherMcBride, who had been called to her bedside. Then she lapsed into unconsciousness and death followed shortlyafterward.
Caused Great Excitement.
The tragedy, which is one of themost deplorable that has ever occurred in this city, caused the greatestexcitement on the streets, and in a short time a great crowd had gathered infront of the building where it occurred, many of these being friend of Bunch,as he was widely known, and there was a wide discussion of the affair on everyside. One of the latest rumors thisafternoon was that Bunch had been drinking heavily for the past two or threedays.
In the kitchen of the apartmentswas the uneaten breakfast. The table wasladen with a very inviting breakfast, but only some of the articles had merelybeen touched, a morsel taken from one or another of the plates.
When the officers were removing thebody of Bunch from the rooms, Olga Wolfe, one of the visitors at the place, saidshe and her companion were anxious to get into the room where the tragedyoccurred, as all their clothing was in there and they wanted to get it out.
It was said that there werefrequent quarrel [sic] of late, especially during this week, when it is saidthat the woman and some companions were in the fair and were in company ofothers, that Bunch had taken exceptions to what was transpiring and that thequarrel which followed resulted in the tragedy. In fact there are many sensational rumors.
Bunch for a number of years wasconnected with the sporting fraternity. He appeared to be very quiet in his manners and was always neat inappearance. He lost one leg some yearsago in an accident and walked with crutches.
Annie Doyle,came here with her parents about twenty years ago, the family being eminentlyrespectable. She was married some yearsago to O. Dye after which there was a divorce and she was then married to EarlAlderman of Marietta, Ohio, who it was said divorced her only a few months ago[sic] she [sic] was married to a man at Cincinnati, and it is not known whethershe had obtained a divorce from him but they did not live together verylong. She was about 35 years of age andwas a man [sic] of striking appearance.
It later was ascertained that sofar as the court records of Washingtoncounty, Ohio,make known Anna Doyle, despite her marriage, was still the wife of EarlAlderman. The records there show thatthe two were married at Clarksburg, October 6,1913 and that Alderman sued her for divorced in the Washington county courts on October 6, 1913,[sic] alleging infidelity. This divorcewas never granted, but the suit was withdrawn by Alderman on November 26, 1913.
They [sic] had left their effects inthe room occupied by Annie Doyle and there were still there when the shootingoccurred. It was the opinion of theofficers that these women should be detained as witnesses in the case.
Later the women were taken to theoffice of Prosecuting Attorney Hiteshew where theyare making a statement in regard to the affair and they will be detained aswitnesses before the coroner's inquest on Monday.
Woman Wounded Six Times.
It was found after Mrs. Doyle diedthat she had received six wounds, two on the chest on the right side, one of whichpenetrated the lung, one wound above the heart on the left side which struck arib, and came out under the shoulder blade. There were two wounds in the abdomen, one of the bullets probablypassing through the spleen, and there was also a wound by the spinal cord,which was probably the point of exit of one of the bullets which entered theabdomen, and the wound in the right leg above the knee.
[source: 8/19/1916 The ParkersburgSentinel, Parkersburg, WV, p. 1]
NO INQUEST IN
Coroner Robinson Decides
That Facts Are Sufficient-
ly Clear That Bunch
No inquest over the shooting affrayon Fourth streetSaturday, in which Walter Bunch and Anna Doyle were the victims, will beheld. Dr. Ben O. Robinson, countycoroner, decided today. He said he haddiscussed the matter with Prosecuting Attorney Hiteshewand that they were of the opinion that an inquest was unnecessary.
"An autopsy was held,"said the coroner, "and it was found that the same sized bullet had causedthe death of both and that they had died from internal hemorrhages. The bullets were fired from the samegun. Bunch did the shooting, firstshooting Anna Doyle and then shooting himself."
Dr. Robinson said the stories hehad heard from those who were in a position to know any of the detailsconfirmed his finding from an examination into the circumstances.
There might have been a third partyin the affair, over whom some jealousy might have resulted, but Dr. Robinsonsaid he was certain from the details he had learned that Bunch did the shootinghimself and was himself responsible for the murder and suicide.
[source: 8/21/1916 The ParkersburgSentinel, Parkersburg, WV]
WalterBunch was born November 8, 1884, in Parkersburg,West Virginia, to Albert W. Bunchand Luella Johnston Bunch. On February17, 1912, in Wood County, West Virginia, Walter married Lyda May Headley, daughter of Samuel Headley and Evaline “Eva” Nelson Headley. Lyda May was bornJuly 30, 1884, in WilliamsDistrict, WoodCounty, West Virginia. She died November 11, 1913, on theInter-Urban several miles above the city of Parkersburg,West Virginia. The couple had no children.
Although the tombstone at Neale-CookCemetery in Vienna, West Virginiaincludes only the name of Lyda, according to WoodCounty Courthouse death records, Walter is also buried in the same cemetery.