September 26, 1922
Gorham, Maine
The bodies of two men are found hanging in a tree in a suspected double suicide

The men, Charles and James Westervelt, were identified the day following their discovery, after initials were found on their clothing and traced back to a clothing store and laundry service. The men were from New Jersey originally and often referred to simply as “the twins” by local residents. The Westervelt men left behind no suicide note, but they had mentioned to neighbors they were leaving on a trip for “health reasons.” It was speculated one of the men was gravely ill and they both decided to exit life together, as they had remained unseparated for the duration of their lives.

The Burlington Free Press. Burlington, Vermont. September 28, 1922

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