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John Best

On Friday last, John Best, living three miles west of Chesterton, went to Mr. Green's drug store and bought 5 grains of strychnine, for the purpose, he said, of poisoning cats. The same day Dr. Marr was called to Best's house to examine him on charge of insanity, but on his arrival found the patient dead. The coroner was summoned and on the next day held an inquest over the body. No traces of poison were found in the stomach, nor could it be proven that he took any. The conclusion arrived by the jury was that death was the result of an epileptic fit, to which deceased was subject, though it would seem that the poison must have had something to do with the performance, and it is claimed that upon closer test strychnia has been found in his stomach. The family had been disturbed, we are told, several months past by domestic troubles. Best was 40 years old and leaves a wife and family. He was a government pensioner, having lost an arm in the late war.

Newspaper: Porter County Vidette
Date of Publication: May 15, 1879
Volume Number: 23
Issue Number: 20
Page: 3
Column(s): 4

Key to Newspaper Publication Locations:
    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

    Newspapers Published in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

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