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  • Rosemary Ermis
    GRIEF-STRICKEN HUSBAND TELLS POLICE OF RECENT QUARRELS Houston, Tex., June 27.--No arrests had been made late today following the finding of the body of Mrs.
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 6, 2009
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      GRIEF-STRICKEN HUSBAND TELLS POLICE OF RECENT QUARRELS
       
      Houston, Tex., June 27.--No arrests had been made late today following the finding of the body of Mrs. Adolph Starustka, 35 years old, in the woods near Sunset Heights yesterday afternoon, strangled to death by a handkerchief, knotted around her neck.  The district attorney's office was investigating with only the story of her husband, a blacksmith, to work on.  That story told in Bohemian by a work-hardened and grief-stricken man reads like a page out of a Russian novel.
       
      Starustka, who said he had been searching for his wife since she left home the night before, appeared at the courthouse with another Bohemian, who speaks English, to act as his interpreter.
       
      "A little while ago my wife told me she couldn't stand the neighborhood quarrels and if we didn't move back to the old place she would kill herself." Starustka said.
       
      "Sunday night she picked up her handbag and left, saying she would never come back."
       
      Five children are left motherless by Mrs. Starustka's death:  Elizabeth, 11 years old; Mary, 10; Adolph, 5, Frances, 2, and Jeram, 1 year old.
       
      Both the district attorney and Justice Leon Lusk took statements from the husband.  Justice Lusk is withholding his inquest verdict awaiting further investigation.
       
      The Galveston Daily News, Wednesday, June 28, 1922
       
      Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
    • Rosemary Ermis
      Houston, Texas. June 27.-- No arrests had been made late today following the finding of the body of Mrs. Adolph Starustka, 35 years old, in the woods near
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 17, 2013
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        Houston, Texas.  June 27.-- No arrests had been made late today following the finding of the body of Mrs. Adolph Starustka, 35 years old, in the woods near Sunset Heights yesterday afternoon, strangled to death by a handkerchief knotted around her neck.  The District Attorney's office was investigating, with only the story of the husband, a blacksmith, to work on.

         

        Starustka, who said he had been searching for his wife since she left home the night before, appeared with another Bohemian, who speaks English, to act as his interpreter.

         

        Five children are left motherless by Mrs. Starustka's death, Elizabeth, 11 years old, Mary 10; Adolph, 5, Frances, 2, and Jeram, 1 year old.

         

        Both the District Attorney and Justice Leon Lusk took statements from the husband.  Justice Lusk is withholding his inquest, awaiting further investigation.

         

        Dallas Morning News, June 28, 1922

         

        Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

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