obit: Mrs. John Jansa
- Flatonia, Oct. 12.-- A most horrible crime was committed Sunday morning about 4 o'clock when John Jansa, according to his own statement, shot his wife as she slept, in the head with a load of small shot from a double barreled shotgun, instantly killing her. Jansa and his wife have reared a large family of children, having two grown sons, but lately they have not been getting along well, and both decided to separate. They had a settlement here some weeks ago, she paying him some money and he leaving. A few days since they began living together again, and Saturday the family was all together and seemed to be getting along nicely.Word was sent here early yesterday morning that Mrs. Jansa was found in bed dead by her children, shot through the head, and that Jansa was gone.Mrs. Jansa had nine living children and two small ones were in bed with her when her husband did the shooting. A big hole was shot in her right cheek and the thumb of her right hand was shot off. He also tried to kill his oldest son, but the boy made his escape.After shooting his wife, Jansa gave the gun to his 12-year-old boy and asked him to shoot him.A crowd of about 50 citizens of Engle and neighboring farms hunted all morning for the missing man, who was caught about 100 yards from the house in the tall grass. He had a gun and six-shooter when found.The child states Jansa made him move in the bed so he could shoot his wife while the lad was pleading with him not to commit the deed.Jansa claims a family row was the cause of the killing and seems to realize the awful deed he has committed.The prisoner is about 60 years of age and talks good English. He confessed that he did the shooting when he surrendered. The sheriff conveyed him to the county jail at LaGrange after Justice Nesrsta had concluded the inquest.Weimar Mercury, October 16, 1908Submitted by Rosemary Ermis.