Monday, June 16, 2014

Leonard Morris -- The Jealous Electrician

Spurned by Edith Creighton (real name Edith Simmons), part of a vaudeville act with her three sisters, stage electrician and former film projectionist Leonard Morris, 37, shot her to death inside a store in Theatrical City, New Jersey, near New Brunswick on July 17, 1917, before taking his own life.  Creighton was in the store with her 6-year-old son when her rejected suitor entered, produced a pistol wrapped in a handkerchief from his pocket, then fired two shots as she fled from the rear of the store into a back yard.  Morris pursued and, following Creighton back into the store, fired a lethal shot into her head.  Declaring, "I am going to finish myself," the insanely jealous electrician fired once into his own head and fell beside Creighton's body.  Morris died half an hour later as a doctor tried to remove him by stretcher to St. Peter's Hospital.  Months prior to the murder-suicide Morris had become enamored with the performer after she moved into a rooming house where he resided.

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