No. 542
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
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Drove Nails in his Ear.

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Drove Nails in his Ear.

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Ella Shingledecker, wife of a Bourbon, Ind., man, adopts a novel method of getting rid of her husband. [more]

Ella Shingledecker, of Bourbon Ind., recently tried to poison her husband with strychnine. She then drove eight-penny nails in his ear while he was asleep. Shingledecker is badly injured. His wife was arrested and held to await the result of his injuries.


Reprinted from: "Drove Nails in his Ear." The National Police Gazette 17 Sep 1894: 6.