Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Abraham M. Fabian -- The Artful Diversion
The son of Jacob Fabian, vice-president and principal stockholder of the Stanley-Fabian Amusement Corporation and First National Pictures, Fabian, 31, had been the assistant treasurer of his father's corporation and an executive board member of First National before resigning due to ill health. Shortly after his marriage in September 1926, Fabian suffered a nervous breakdown on his honeymoon from which he never fully recovered. Fabian's wife obtained an annulment (no grounds cited) one month prior to his death. The elder Fabian purchased a country home on Norwood Avenue in Elberon, New Jersey, and there installed his son and a full-time nurse to look after him. In the early morning of June 1, 1927, Fabian stopped up the bathroom toilet with paper and called his nurse to unclog it. The 15 minutes she labored on the plumbing gave the deranged man more than enough time to enter the kitchen, lie on top of the stove, and asphyxiate himself with gas.