Murder of Catherine Wolven
Mrs. Baer’s Statement

 Original clipping found at the Vedder memorial Library and transcribed by Celeste MacCormack. The incident occurred in 1899.


Elizabeth Baer, who cut the throat of her aunt, Catherine Wolven, at Kiskatom,  has made the following statement:  “I don’t care how soon it’s all over with;  I have worked hard all my life-and any neighbor will tell you that.  For years that woman has nearly nagged the life out of me-quarreling, quarreling from morning ‘til night, and I often wished I was dead.  Many times thinking to frighten her and make her stop quarreling, I would take a knife and threaten to kill her.  Just think-for many years every mouthful of food she ate I had to feed her after cutting up the meat, bread, and so on; I had to lift her in and out of bed, dress and undress her, and all I received was abuse.  It nearly drove me crazy, and I often wished I was dead.  On arriving home on Friday I went into the house and Winslow turned around and drove over to Bloom’s.  ‘Where is he? She asked.  I said, over to Bloom’s.  Then she began her quarreling and one word brought on another, I got the knife and went to the side of the bed.  She clutched me with her good arm, she had a grip like iron-and she said, “Don’t kill me!  Don’t kill me!”  I looked and saw blood on her neck and then I hardly know what happened, only that I struck her again and again with the knife.  Then I saw she was dead and I left the room closing the door behind me.  I never looked at her again, but laid down until Winslow returned from Bloom’s.  I can't remember whether I took the poison before I laid down or after Winslow left to get the constable.”  Counselor Egbert Palmer has been retained to defend Mrs. Baer.


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