Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Anna Irene Hopkins Attacks Arizona Schoolteacher’s Eyes with Acid - 1921

FULL TEXT: Prescott, Ariz. April 1. – The county attorney’s office this afternoon announced that it was  preparing a complaint charging Mrs. Anna Irene Hopkins with a felony. Mrs. Hopkins, who is in jail here, is charged with haling thrown acid into the face of Miss Lucille Gallagher, a school teacher at Perome yesterday. The prosecutor’s office said the complaint would he filed in the justice of peace court tomorrow and a heavy bond would be asked for Mrs. Hopkins. Mrs. Hopkins today denied that she had tried to rub the acid into the eyes of Miss Gallagher as witnesses to the affair charged.


Jerome, Ariz. April 1. – Miss Lucille Gallagher, a local school teacher and said to be a member of a prominent family in Nevada, into whose face acid is alleged to have been thrown yesterday by Miss Hopkins, was said to be out of danger today. A Phoenix specialist who was summoned by the school board immediately after the add was thrown. said he believed he could save Miss Gallagher’s sight and that few permanent scars would result.

Mrs. Hopkins, who was taken to the county jail in Prescott, refused to talk on the trip there.

[“Woman Throws Acid In Teachers Face; Victim Will Recover,” Tombstone Epitaph (Az.), Apr. 3, 1921, p. 1]


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


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