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Dorothy Frisbee, Mass-Poisoner, Texas, 1943

FULL TEXT: Two mothers tried to figure out something this morning.

In this district attorney’s office Mrs. Lydia Frisbee was discussing the plight of her 18-year-old daughter, Dorothy, who is charged with killing16-month old Johnnie Scott. Dorothy was in jail., held without bond.

Across town in a tourist court, Mrs. Homer Scott played with her 3-year-old daughter, Glenda, who barely escaped death from rat poisoning – the same that took the life of Johnnie Scott. She wondered, too, about her husband, who was held in jail without bail on charges of statutory rape against Dorothy Frisbie, who is an unwed expectant mother, Mrs. Scott said she was married when she was 15, and Homer was nearly 17.

Mrs. Frisbie told substantially the same story about the poisoning of the children that her daughter had told in a signed confession last night. She said Dorothy and Homer Scott had lived together, that they had told her they were married and had lived in her home. She added, however, that she later had “pinned Dorothy down” and made her admit she wasn’t married. Then, said the mother, “I didn’t know what to do because they had already lived together.”

Dorothy Frisbie told of borrowing rat poison from a neighbor and giving it to the children in water because “they were all that stood between Homer and me.”

It is one of the worst mixed death and domestic cases to come before investigating officers in many a day.

Scott is a taxi driver. He was living at the Frisbie home at 2105 Garfield Street. Sunday night his wife and children came to Amarillo from Paducah. He took them to the Frisbie home. According to the statements of Mrs. Frisbie and Dorothy, Mrs. Scott went to look for an apartment. Homer was sleeping. Dorothy borrowed rat poison. She told her mother to go see a neighbor. Then, she said in the statement, she gave the poison to the children. Later in the statement she said she took the rest of the poison herself in an attempt at suicide.

Soon after the children drank the poison they became ill, Mrs. Scott returned; Homer was awakened. Dorothy, the statement said, was awakened. Dorothy, the statement said, was ill. This was before noon. At 2 o’clock in the afternoon the babies were taken to a doctor. Within a short time 16-month-old Johnnie died. Glenda has been released from the hospital. This morning she played with Johnnie’s cowboy boots and wondered about little brother.

Mrs. Scott was not satisfied after Johnnie died. The body was taken to Paducah. Mrs. Scott had the viscera removed for analysis of content. It is in an Amarillo laboratory.

There were others with doubts. A jar of salad, from which bread was prepared for the children, was thrown away. The sheriff has the jar. This morning he hadn’t learned who placed it in the trash. The rat poison container was found near the house; Dorothy said her little brother disposed of it at her request.

The rape was filed against Scott on the strength of statements made by Dorothy. She was 18 years old in September.

The 47th district court is in session, and the murder charge and rape case likely will be taken to the grand jury within a short time.

Sheriff Bill Adams and District Attorney Jim Lumpkin are handling the cases.

[“Mother Tells Story,” The Amarillo Globe (Tx.), Feb. 12, 1943, P. 1]


FULL TEXT: Amarillo, March 26 – Ten years in prison Friday faced 18-year-old Dorothy Frisbie of Amarillo, convicted of poisoning her lover’s infant son “to get him out of the way.”

Miss Frisbie, who testified that she gave rat poison to 16-month-old Johnnie Scott because she wanted to live with his father, Homer Scott, a taxi-driver, wept when the jury returned its verdict.

Earlier she had broken down when the dead child’s mother sat across a court room table from her.

Motion for a retrial was denied.

Miss Frisbie testified she had administered poison to the infant and his three-year-old sister, Glenda Scott, on Feb. 8, in an attempt to get them out of the way. She said she believed the two children were keeping her and Scott apart.

Scott testified he had lived at Miss Frisbie’s home, posing as her husband, before his wife and children, who had been living at Paducah, moved to Amarillo.

The poisoning occurred after Mrs. Scott and the children moved to Amarillo.

[“Baby Poisoner Gets 10 Years,” Austin American Statesman (Tx.), Mar. 26, 1943, p. 15]


FULL TEXT: Amarillo, March 26. – Monroe Turner, husky, 18-year-old farm lad from Olton, Texas was busily trying to marry Dorothy Frisbie Friday so he could give a name to the expected child of the girl who Thursday was sentenced to 10 years in prison for poisoning 16-month-old Johnnie Scott.

Dorothy, 18, testified at her trial that she poisoned the boy and his sister on Feb. 8 to get them out of the way so she could have their father, Homer Scott.

She said she needed a husband.

Turner was here during the trial and conferred frequently with the girl’s mother, Mrs. Lida Fisbie. He said he came here for the express purpose of marrying Dorothy regardless of the outcome of the trial.

“At least, the baby will have a name, and I can take care of the baby,” Turner said. He added he had known Dorothy several years ago.

Sheriff Bill Adams said she would allow the wedding if a marriage license was presented.

[“Farm Lad Wants To Marry Young Convicted Girl: Dorothy Frisbie, 18, Found Guilty Of Poisoning Youth, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Tx.), Mar. 27, 1943, p. 8]









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