Saturday, November 5, 2011
[NYPD] The 1927 said-suicide of police officer's wife, Hannah Truitt
PATROLMAN'S WIFE KILLED BY HIS PISTOL: Police, Puzzled, Question Him and a Woman Caller in the Home.
New York Times
Jun 13, 1927; pg. 21
Mrs. Hannah Truitt, 36 years old, wife of Patrolman Marshall Truitt of the Old Slip station was killed by a bullet from her husband's service pistol last night in the dining room of her home at 299 Thirteenth Street, Brooklyn. Early this morning the police of the Fifth Avenue station were unable to determine whether or not she was the victim of suicide and were still questioning her husband and a woman friend.
The patrolman's story was that when he returned from his tour of duty late in the afternoon he found Mrs. Helen Norris of 11,419 207th Street, Bellaire, Queens, talking with his wife. The three had dinner, he said, and, moving to the living room, had several drinks. During the drinking, according to his story, which was corroborated by Mrs. Norris, Mrs. Truitt got into an argument with him, and, jumping from her chair suddenly, ran into the dining room. A moment later the patrolman and Mrs. Norris said they heard a shot and found Mrs. Truitt lying on the floor, dead.
Several other patrolmen who live in the same house hurried into the apartment and notified Police Headquarters. Detectives arrived in a short time. They discovered that the mortal wound was behind the woman's right ear. Truitt said that when he changed his clothes on returning home, he had left his pisotl on a dining room table. It was found on the table near the body by the detectives.
Truitt and his wife had been married seventeen years. They had no children.
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