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Where Mrs. Luetgert Was Seen:
On October 6, 1897, the Chicago Record reported:
— ...Two detectives who claim to be in the employ of the defense are carefully trailing a crazy woman through eastern Indiana. The woman gave her name at Kokomo when seen there as Lena Bennett and after, when she ran afoul of Marshal Evans at Tipton, she gave another name. She was not only crazy when seen at these points but intoxicated. She was seen in Anderson and Logansport. She answers to the description of the missing Chicago woman and she made her appearance in Indiana just about the time that Mrs. Luetgert disappeared from Chicago. A week ago Capt. Robbins of the Anderson police force received special letters from the Luetgert defense, and they were of such a pressing nature that he put Anderson officers on the case. It was thought that the missing woman was hiding in Anderson, but no trace could be found of her. Anderson officers state that the descriptions tally with a feeble-minded woman who was placed under arrest in Cincinnati under the name of Lillian English, but the Chicago parties are not satisfied that they are on a wrong trail. A reward of $5,000 is posted.
Anderson, Ind., Oct. 6
On October 8, 1897, the Chicago Inter Ocean reported:
On the order of Chief Kipley of Chicago the local [Kokomo] police jailed the supposed crazy woman who has been wandering around Indiana for several months, and the Chicago officers are expected here at midnight to investigate her, proceeding on the theory that she may be the missing Mrs. Luetgert. The Indiana woman is certainly a mysterious personage, and the officers have been trying for several weeks to locate her residence, but without success. She gives her name as Lena Bennett. She is about 40 years old, five feet two inches tall, weighing 115 pounds, hair brown, cut off even with the shoulders. Her complexion, originally fair, is now nut brown from exposure. Her clothing, of good material, is now in rags, and her shoes soleless. She talks cautiously and does not act like an ordinary crazy person.
On October 9, 1897, the Chicago Record reported:
Kokomo, Ind., Oct. 8 — The woman held here as Mrs. Luetgert turns out to be Lillian English of Anderson, who has been a wanderer for months. She was sent to Anderson to-day.
Read about other places where the missing Mrs. Luetgert was supposedly seen.