Indiana · Newspaper clippings · Ohio

Clippings: a “gypsy curse” and a teen’s attempted suicide over broken elopement (1902)

From the Evening Times-Republican (Marshalltown, Iowa)
Published February 3, 1902

An 11-year-old girl’s slight against a fortune teller results in a “curse” being placed upon the girl, stating she will be murdered in 10 days. After 3 days, the girl could no longer take the anticipation and kills herself by drinking acid, probably carbolic acid which held a variety of household uses and was a popular means of suicide at the time, thus fulfilling the prophesy.

A 15-year-old shoots herself in the chest after her elopement is shut down by her father. She was expected to recover from her injuries.

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