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A Woman Scorned

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Grand Rapids, June 9.- A slender pretty country girl was found lyiug dead on the floor of a Crescent avenue room Wednesday, with an ug-]y bullethole in her right temple. On a bed in same room was stretched the body of a man also dead and with a duplícate bullet-hole through the riht temple. The man was William G. Gray, well-known and popular about the town and for the last two years bookkeeper for I'. II. O'Brien, an undertaker of the city. The name of the girl was Dora A. Velzy and her home was near Allendale, Ottawa county. Both had evidently died instantly, and from bullets from a revolver which was found near the body of the woman. Five chambers of this were empty and one loaded. Gray had evidently been asleep when shot, as he lay on his right side in a natural position. He had removed his clothing and hung it on a hook near the bed. The young woman was only partly dressed. It is believed that the doublé tragedy occurred Monday night. The slightly decomposed condition of the bodies confirms this theory. The doublé crime occurred in Gray's room, which he had occupied for several years, a little hall bedroom not more than 8x9 feet in size. The evidence presented at the inquest tends to show almost conclusively that the girl shot her companion as he slept and then turned the pistol upon herself. Dora was a domestic in a prominent famity, had very respectable parents in Allendale and was exceptionally good looking. She and O'Brien had been intímate for some time, but his affections began to wane and he was paying attentions to another girl. He intended leaving this week for Chicago to break oiï the attachment, but before going wrotea note to Dora expressing a desire to see her on Sunday. This was the last seen of either of them. It is supposed she went to his room that night. He probably told her of his plans to leave town and refused to take her along and hold out encouragement for the future. The shooting was not heard by other occupants of the block and the tragedy enacted Sunday nig-ht was not discovereduntil Wednesday afternoon, when the continued absence of Gray led to the finding of his room door locked on the inside and tlien the door was forced. The inquest beg-an Thursday morning. Annie M. Hethington testified that she was engaged to Gray and that on Tuesday nig-ht she visited the room where the bodies were discovered the next day, but did not discover that its oceupants were dead- though her testimony shows that both bodies then lay in the same positions in which the coroner found them. S!je was closely cross-examined, but told her story in a straightforward way. which bore all the marks of truth. She had her gloves on when she touched Gray's fuce and did not realize tliat he was dead. The following letter was found in Dora's purse, in her handvviiting, and was produced: The reason I must do this naughty, cowardly thing is because I eannot or will uot stand it to he played the way I have been. He thinks it ia smart to teil people that 1 am tough. but h never thinks to teil them that hu is the cause ot every bit ot it. If he had never meddled with me I would have been a nice, happy glrl. Now the people who used to be tny friends will not even looit at me when they meet me. He does not teil people about stealing my wages every chance he gou I think a fellow that will rob a hired girl of every cent she had ought to be Iñlled. He used to steal my money when ha possibly could and then deny it He is too nice to kin, but I do not care to live and be talked about by people who think they are better than I. I am Just as decent as some of the married women who talk about me. My whole life has been one oí trouble and hard work. and 1 might just as well die now as ever. Wishing everybody much happiness and good luck. D. A. VBLZT. Grand Rapids, June 10.- The inquest into the death of Willfam Gray and Dora Velzy closed Friday and the verdict was that she killed him and then'herself " while laboring under great mental excitement and passion'


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