Kupha kwa chipinda chosatsekedwa cha Joe Elwell, 1920

Pa June 11, 1920, Joseph Bowne Elwell anaphedwa m’chipinda chimene chinali chotsekeredwa mkati. Nanga imfa yake inacitika bwanji?
kupha Joe Elwell

Pa June 11, 1920, dzuŵa litangotuluka kumene, Elwell anawomberedwa m’mutu ndi mfuti yodziŵika bwino yotchedwa .45 m’nyumba yake yotsekeredwa ku New York City. M'mawa wa tsikulo, Marie Larsen, yemwe anali woyang'anira nyumba, anafika monga ankachitira nthawi zonse kunyumba yokongola ya Elwell. Komabe, panthaŵiyi anaona chinthu chochititsa mantha chimene chinam’dabwitsa kwa kanthawi.

 

Joe Elwell
Joseph B. Elwell wopanda chisamaliro atatsamira pamchenga waku Florida atatsala pang'ono kuphedwa mu 1920. © Library Of Congress

Mofulumira anafuula kuti m’nyumba ya Bambo Elwell munali mlendo, ndipo anali atamwalira. Ataunikanso, anapeza kuti mlendoyo anali Joe Elwell, popanda mawigi ake opangira mano ndi mano onyezimira, omwe ankawagwiritsa ntchito kukulitsa maonekedwe ake pagulu.

Elwell akukhulupirira kuti adawomberedwa m'mutu, koma kudzipha sikutanthauza kufotokozera. Panalibe chizindikiro cha chida m'chipindacho, koma chida chakupha chikuwoneka kuti chinawombera pamtunda wa 1-2 mamita (3-5 ft) kutali.

Zochitika zaupandu

Nkhani ya imfa yodabwitsa ya Elwell
Nkhani za imfa yodabwitsa ya Elwell © Library of Congress

Apolisiwo anadabwa kwambiri ndi zimene zinkachitikazo. Panalibe mfuti yomwe idapezeka pamalo opalamulapo, koma chipolopolo chomwe chidamupha chidapezeka chili bwino patebulo. N’kutheka kuti chipolopolocho chinagunda khoma n’kukwera patebulo, koma chipolopolocho chinkaoneka ngati chachitika. Katiriji ya chipolopoloyo inali itagona pansi.

Wakuphayo anali atagwada pamaso pa Elwell atakoka mfutiyo kuti aone mbali ya bala. Palibe chomwe chidabedwa, ndipo palibe zidindo zakunja zakunja zomwe zidapezeka pamalowo. Panalibe chizindikiro cha kulimbana kapena kuloŵa mokakamiza m’nyumbamo. Zonse zinali zokhoma, kuphatikizapo chipinda ndi nyumba.

Elwell ayenera kuti adamudziwa yemwe adamuphayo ndikumulola kuti alowe mnyumbamo. Anakhala pansi osanyalanyaza mlendo uku akutsegula makalata ake. Kodi ankacheza ndi mlendo wakeyo mwachikondi pamene ankagwira ntchito yanthawi zonse imeneyi? Panalibe chisonyezero cha upandu m’makalata kapena pansi.

Zindikirani?

Elwell adadya ndi Viola Kraus, mkazi wosudzulidwa posachedwa, ku Ritz-Carlton Hotel madzulo apitawa. Elwell anali pachibwenzi ndi akazi ambiri, kuphatikizapo Kraus. Helen Derby, amene anakwatira Elwell mu 1904, anam’dziŵitsa kwa mabwenzi ake ogwirizana ndi mabwenzi ake.

Helen Derby Ewell, mkazi wa Joseph Elwell
Helen Derby Ewell, mkazi wa Joseph Elwell © Front Page Detective

Ngakhale Elwell adakhala milionea kuchokera kumasewera a mlatho, mkazi wake adamuthandiza kulumikizana ndi abwenzi ake ogwirizana komanso omwe amawadziwa. Iwo anasudzulana mu 1920. Ngakhale kuti poyamba Derby ankamuganizira kwambiri, analibe mpweya wokwanira, ndipo iye sanali wokhudzidwa ndi imfa ya mwamuna wake wakale.

Malinga ndi Loya Wachigawo Edward Swann, Elwell anali kucheza m'nyumba yake asanamuwombere, choncho mwina ankamudziwa amene anamupha. Cholinga chokha cha wakuphayo chinali kumupha. Palibe zinthu zamtengo wapatali zomwe zinabedwa. Ndipotu zinthu zamtengo wapatali zinali zitamwazika mozungulira mtembo wa Elwell.

Nyumba ya Elwell
Nyumba ya Elwell © Library of Congress

Ngakhale umboni wonse udasonkhanitsidwa ndi ofufuza, koma sanathe kudziwa yemwe adawombera Joe Elwell, ndipo mlanduwu udakali chinsinsi chosasinthika.

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