Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Anna Heil, Acid Queen, Attacks Her Chauffer - 1912

FULL TEXT: Buffalo, Nov. 13. – After throwing acid in the face of her chauffeur, Arthur C. Ferris, 34 years old, Mrs. Anna Heil, 29 years old, a widow with two small children, fired a wild shot at the man und then turned the revolver on herself, indicting n trifling wound in her right temple. The affair occurred as Ferris opened the door of his employer's motor car for her to enter.

Mrs. Hell was arrested and the man held as a witness.

Early this morning Mrs. Heil again attempted suicide. Evading the watchfulness of the matron at Police Headquarters she stole into the lavatory and turned on the gas. She was discovered unconscious, but quickly revived and will recover.

Ferris dodged most of the acid. His burns and Mrs. Heil’s slight wound were dressed at the Emergency Hospital. Mrs. Hell gave as the reason for her attack upon her chauffeur that he had broken his promise to marry her, having recently married a girl in Syracuse. Mrs. Heil lives with her father at 237 Rose street.

[“Hurls Acid At Her Chauffeur – Fires at Him and Tries Suicide Because He Jilted Her, She Says.” The Sun (New York, N.Y.), Nov. 14, 1912, p. 1]


SEE: “Acid Queens: Women Who Throw Acid” for a collection of synopses of similar cases.


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