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|Johnstown Weekly Tribune, 27 Sep 1907, Page 9, Contributed by Kerry L. Miller|
|A WOMAN 'S BODY FOUND IN A WELL |
Strange suicide of a Recent Bride Near Spangler
UNDER TEN FEET WATER
VICTIM WAS SUBJECT TO VIOLENT SPELLS OF ANGER.
During One of These, It Is Believed, She Jumped Down Into the Well, Twenty Feet Deep and Half Filled with Water - She Was an Italian and Had Been Lately Married.
Spangler, Sept. 26. - What is believed to have been a deliberate and premeditated suicide was uncovered last Friday morning when the body of an Italian woman named Latti was found at the bottom of a twenty-foot well half filled with water, on a property at No. 9 Slope, about two miles east of this place.
The woman was missed from her home about 7:30 o'clock Friday morning, when her sister, who lives next door and was ill, sent for her. The sick woman's sister could not be found about her home and inquiry among the neighbors resulted in finding no traces of her. Some one noticed that the trap door on the well porch was open and on investigation revealed the woman's body huddled on the bottom of the well and beneath ten feet of water. This was about 10 o'clock.
Not knowing how long the body had been under the water, and hoping that a spark of life might remain, the efforts of relatives were directed to getting the woman out. It was necessary to lower the water before recovery could be made, and when sufficient water was pumped out, a man went down into the well and tied a rope around the body, which was then pulled to the surface of the earth. The woman was dead.
The deceased was only eighteen years of age and had been married very recently. She is known to have become almost frantic and hysterical when in the least aggravated, and it is thought she took her life when laboring under one of these spells.