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December 21, 1944
DOUBLE TRAGEDY CLAIMS TWO LIVES IN MARION COUNTY.
Death rode highway 161 east of Centralia early today and claimed the
lives of Charlotte Frazier about 45 of Salem, in what authorities
claims was murder and as aftermath of suicide, of Allen Suddeth of
Unconscious and frozen to ground, Mrs. Frazier was found by Henry
Dickman a farmer who resided near Sligar turkey farm, about 5 miles
east of this city, about 7 o'clock this am. She died an hour after
reaching St. Mary's hospital.
According to Homer Lwelleyen who was sheriff, Mrs. Frazier's was found
lying in a pool of blood twenty feet from the rear of the car which had
left the highway and knocked over three posts. Her shoes were sitting
on the edge of the pavement and a bloodstained car crank was lying on
the pavement. Further investigations revealed that Mrs. Frazier left
Salem last night in company of Allen Sudduth and Winnie Carter. The
Carter woman told sheriff that they were going to make rounds of
Centralia taverns, departing for Salem at 4 o'clock this morning. She
said that Suddeth & Mrs. Frazier quarreled all evening and were
still quarreling when they left Centralia, and about two miles east of
Centralia, Suddeth who was driving, started weaving back & forth
across the road. He threatened to kill them all. Mrs. Carter became
frightened and turned off the car switch & jumped out in spite of
Suddeths threats & efforts to restrain her. She then hitched a ride
back to Centralia and then caught a bus back to Salem.
After getting the statement from Mrs. Carter, the sheriff and states
attorney immediately went to home of Tom Suddeth who was father of
Allen. He resided about 8 miles east of Kell. Upon arriving there about
10 am;, they were informed by the elder Suddeth than his son had just
killed himself at home of a neighbor, Mrs. Emily Beasley, who resides
near Byars school, about 4 miles east of Kell. At the Beasley home,
they found Suddeth's body and Mrs. Beasley told them she heard a shot
in the yard and went around the side of the house and found Suddeth's
body. He was laying on the ground with a shotgun laying beside him, she
went over picked it up and leaned it against the side of the house. She
started for help and Suddeth crawled over to gun and shot himself a
second time. She was unaware of his presence until she heard the shot.
Mrs. Carter stated that Suddeth & Mrs. Frazier quarreled frequently
and he threatened to kill her before in her presence.
RETURN VERDICTS OF MURDER AND SUICIDE.
Inquest returned verdict in case of Charlotte Frazier and Allen
Suddeth. She died from skull fracture from being beaten with tire crank
and Suddeth , with self inflicted gun shot wound. Mrs. Frazier was
ex-wife of Clarence Frazier of Mt. Vernon IL and was keeping house for
daughter, Alberta Slater of Salem. she is survived by two sons, Leroy
and Fred, both in service and Alberta from Salem.
Burial will be in Fouts cemetery near Irvington.