Four Generations

Four Generations
Loretta, Don, Vicki with Andy, Grace and Clarence Hilb

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Divorcee, 21, Murdered by Jealous Lover

Arthur Ringney was married but separated from his wife and child.  The wife and child were residing in New York with her parents.

Fern Saunders sister to Patsy was notified and said relatives would come to Ottawa to claim the body. (How did they know to notify Fern versus Patsy's father Elmer?) Elmer and Fern went to Ottawa the afternoon of Thursday February 23, 1933. They first spoke with the sheriff and then the witnesses at the jail.

Patsy is survived by three brothers Elmer, Stephen and Joseph as well as her sister Fern and father Elmer.

Thursday evening February 23, 1933 the coroner's jury heard testimony in the murder of Patricia (Patsy) Schubnell and held Arthur Rigney over for the March grand jury. 

Several individuals testified in front of the coroner's jury including Arthur.  He advised his associates know him as "Geranium".  He had been working for Congress Construction Company at Marseilles. He had been off work for about three weeks and had spent most of that time at the McCormick residence with Patsy.  He advised he had known Patsy for about one year and three or four months and had been keeping company with her for eight or nine months.  They went to shows and dances and were sweethearts.  They were not planning on getting married right away.  He thought he had a claim on her.

Tip #5: Newspapers contain so much information. They can lead you to various other discoveries.

Come back and I will reveal the testimony of John P McCormick...

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