Anna McKee and Herbert Ostrander
The attached is from the Morning Republican dated 7 June
1906 of the murder
of Mrs. Anna McKee. Murder took place on the 6th in
Submitted by: Rose Gozdowski email@example.com
June 6, 1906
TERRIBLE TRAGEDY IN EAST FINDLAY
MRS. ANNA MCKEE SHOT TO DEATH BY HERBERT OSTRANDER WHO IN TURN
TAKES HIS OWN LIFE
WANTED WOMAN TO MARRY HIM DAUGHTER WAS IN LIMA AND TWO BOYS
WERE FISHING IN NEARBY CREEK AT THE TIME OF TRAGEDY.
Herbert Ostrander shot and instantly killed Mrs. Anna McKee
shortly after 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. The murder and
suicide at 930 Selby Street, in the McKee addition, and both
must have died instantly.
The suicide is a cousin of the late husband of the murdered
woman and his home is supposed to be in St. Louis, Missouri.
He came here five weeks ago from St. Louis, and remained
several weeks, when he left town. Whether he went back to St.
Louis is not known, but he was absent for several weeks and
appeared at the McKee home again Wednesday morning.
They had several walks in the neighboring streets and it was
thought by the neighbors that they were having some dispute or
argument. Both appeared to be very much excited, but the
neighbors could hear no loud talk. Their actions only told
them what they believed. In the afternoon Mrs. McKee went to
the home of Mrs. Kistler, where she called up Mrs.
Weimerskirth, her sister. They were engaged in conversation
only a few moments when Ostrander made his appearance and
remonstrated with her for doing something for which he knew
nothing. She denied that she was and hung up the receiver.
They both left Mrs. Kistler's home and crossed a garden patch
to return to the McKee home. Just before leaving Ostrander was
heard to make the remark that Mrs. McKee must give him $10 at
once with which to return to St. Louis. What reply the woman
made to this was not known, as she was in an undertone.
As soon as they reached the McKee home, which was only a few
hundred feet away, they stopped on the back porch, where they
remained several minutes in animated conversation. Ostrander
is said to have had his arm in the air several times, possibly
to make his remarks more emphatic, but he did not attempt to
strike her. They stepped on the inside, going to the dining
room, where only a few moments after the neighbors heard three
shots and then all was quiet.
None of the neighbors could summon courage enough to go into
the McKee home, one man saying -- that he was fearful that
Ostrander had shot Mrs. McKee and then attempted to commit
suicide and was not successful, and that if anyone would go in
he might shoot them.
It was at this time that Harvey Kistler called up police
headquarters and notified Chief Kramer of the affair, and he
was quickly on the scene. He was the first one to enter the
house, finding them both dead, lying close to one another.
From the other position in which the bodies were lying, it is
quite evident that after Ostrander had viewed his awful work,
he laid down alongside the murdered woman and then drove a
bullet through his own brain.
He was shot a little above the forehead and evidently died
instantly, while the woman was shot in the right temple, the
bullet coming out the left temple. Coroner B.A. Balsley was
one of the first ones to arrive. He hastily viewed the bodies
and ordered them removed in Renshler's ambulance to the
Mrs. McKee is a widow and is aged about 35 years, while
Ostrander is her senior. She has three children, her husband
having died about a year and a half ago. The oldest boy is
Roy, aged 16, the next Helen, aged 14, and the youngest
Raymond, aged 9. The girl, Helen is now at Lima, where she is
visiting. The two boys, at the time of the tragedy, were at a
nearby creek where they were fishing. They were at once
Shortly after the death of the husband of the murdered woman,
Mrs. McKee took a dose of paris green., fearing she could not
properly support her children, but she soon recovered from
that and was apparently getting along nicely.
It is stated that Ostrander wanted to marry Mrs. McKee and
asked her to put the house she owned in his name and remove to
St. Louis. This she refused to do and he asked to sell the
property and go with him to St. Louis. She refused to accept
either proposition and it is said he then demanded $10 with
which to return to St. Louis. This request she also refused.
It is presumed that the refusal of Mrs. McKee to do the
bidding of Ostrander was the cause of the awful tragedy.
Up to the late hour Wednesday night no one claimed the body of
Ostrander. The undertaker in charge will hold it until he
learns who to notify.
Chief Kramer stated that a sister of the dead man lived in
Bellefontaine, but he did not know her name. Some reports say
he was married and had a family. This could not be
authenticated by any available information.