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|Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - Ohio
Dated: Jan. 7, 1851
GERBER AT LISBON FOR PROBE TODAY
Columbiana Coroner Hints Snake Killed Mrs. PAWEK
Dr. S. R. GERBER, Cuyahoga County coroner, will go
to Lisbon today to aid Columbiana County officials in the
investigation of the death of Mrs. Bertha PAWEK, 48,
whose skeleton was found Thursday on the farm of her
estranged husband, Emil PAWEK, 54, a tool designer,
Ernest R. STURGIS, Columbiana County coroner,
yesterday expressed the possibility that Mrs. PAWEK,
who disappeared last July 16, died of poison from a
copperhead snake bite.
"We intend," STURGIS said, "to check for traces
of poison from a copperhead snake bite, for snakes are
plentiful where Mrs. PAWEK's skeleton was found."
Investigation of the cause of Mrs. PAWEK's death
has been difficult because only her skeleton was found.
All of the organs of her body were missing.
The staff of the state's mobile laboratory arrived
in Lisbon yesterday from the London Prison Farm.
Examination was begun immediately of the dead woman's
clothing, two empty medicine bottles and the contents of her
overnight bag found near the skeleton.
Dr. GERBER is going to Lisbon at the request of
Howard H. CLARK, Columbiana County sheriff, and
Dr. A. P. FALKENSTEIN of Salem, a pathologist and deputy
Columbiana County coroner. They will meet in the
afternoon to receive all available information and to go
over evidence in the case. Then they will go to the Henry
funeral home in Lisbon to examine Mrs. PAWEK's
Coroner STURGIS denied any arrangements had been
made to take the woman's bones to Cleveland for an
PAWEK was questioned by Columbiana County
officials Friday and was reported remaining on his farm near
there over the week end. His attorney, William A.
WEISS of Cleveland, said Friday that PAWEK,was
ready to submit to a lie detector test.
Mrs. PAWEK disappeared after divorce proceedings
before Common Please Judge Frank J. MERRICK had
granted PAWEK a divorce, but this was vacated by the
judge after he discovered PAWEK had married Mrs.
Anna MYHLING, a divorcee, and that Mrs. PAWEK had
Purjury action was brought against PAWEK on the
grounds that in the divorce proceedings he had testified he
was only casually acquainted with Mrs. MYHLING.
The action was dismissed in Cleveland Municipal Court.
Mrs. PAWEK was last seen alive at a
lane leading to PAWEK's farm. She had ridden
out there on the truck of a farmer who had given her a lift.
|Source: Wheeling Register - West Virginia
Dated: April 26, 1882
THE WICKED WORLD
A Horrible Murder in Columbiana County, Ohio
A Discharged Hired Man Murders His mistress - A Riot at
Greenfield, Mass. Seven en arrested for the crime.
A LYNCHING IN INDIANA
NEW COMERSTOWN, O - April 25. - The particulars have just
reached here from the little village of Georgetown, Columbiana
County, of one of the most deliberate had cold blooded murders
which has ever been perpetrated in Eastern Ohio. The
particulars of this most cowardly and revolting crime,
obtained by a press correspondent, are as follows:
Collins Summers, one of the most prominent
farmers of Columbiana county, has had a hired band named
William Skull in his employ for the past year or two and
about ten days ago he discharged him on account of his
quarrelsome disposition. Since that time Stull
has been lurking in the neighborhood. Late on Sunday
Mrs. Summers was at the barn milking her cows, when
she saw Stull approaching. Little dreaming of his
murderous intent or of the terrible fate which awaited her, he
came and stood within a few feet of Mrs. Summer, and
said "Good evening." She noticed nothing wrong in his
behavior, and after answering him very pleasantly, resumed her
work. Scarcely had she turned her back, when her
cowardly assassin deliberately drew his six shooter revolver
and emptied the contents of all the chambers in the body of
his innocent and defensenseless victim two of the balls taking
a fatal effect, one in her breast and the other through her
The inhuman monster then fled and the family were
horrified on rushing the burn to behold the victim of his
blood weltering in her own gore. Steele accused Mrs.
Summon with being instrumental in having him discharged.
This was the trivial pretext for his murdering her in cold
blood. Parties are scouring the country in every
direction in Search of this dastardly assassin, and fears are
entertained that he will be lynched if caught.