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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, near Lisbon.
     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.
CLOTHING EXAMINED
    
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 skeleton.
     Coroner STURGIS denied any arrangements had been made to take the woman's bones to Cleveland for an examination.
     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 disappeared.
     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.
     MrsPAWEK 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 spine.
     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.
 

 

 

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