Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Inquest Records Book 1, Mar 1877-Dec 1886

P 53.   Inquest was held on the body of Joseph Fils on 13 Apr 1881, lying dead at Lone Star Place, 2nd Ward. Jurors' verdisct was that he came to his death being killed by the falling of a large structure, new roof covered an old dilapidated, rotten, and cracked brick wall which the constructor, a certain Bell of New Orleans, failed and criminally neglected to make proper repair to the wall to protect the structure of falling on a first blow, which did no damage to others old and rotten shantie (sic) structure but a few yards distance and so we blame the said Bell, constructor, of criminal neglect and recommend the District Attorney to ascertain the extent of constructor or architect responsibility before the grand jury. Jurors were Valentine Antoine, Harry McNervey, Bernard Paul Fabares, Adolph Mojonnier, and J. F. Mojonnier, Coroner.

P 54.  Inquest was held on the body of James Sims 23 August 1881. The verdict of the jurors is that he died from the effect of his wounds the 1st day of August 1881. The said wound has been made with a razor in the hands of John Diamond, now in custody, Saturday night about 7 o' clock, the 30th of July. The autopsy showed the wound was made by a sharp instrument having severed and cut all the abdominal muscles from the median line above the ombilic (sic) to the left side of the lumbar region cutting the abdominal muscles, the Periboncurn (sic) Pancreas, causing inflamation of intestines, peritonitis, hemorhagie (sic), and death, and so we charge the said John Diamond of the crime of murder. Jurors were Coy Clinton, Wyler Davis, Alexander Clinton, John Wound, Horace Barrett, and J. F. Mojonnier, Coroner.

P 55.  Inquest was held on the body of Rodney Jones on 29 August 1881. The jurors' verdict on the 2nd day of inquest, 30 August 1881, conclude by saying Rodney Jones died 29 August at 2 o'clock a.m. from the effect of a gunshot wound, to wit, a pistol ball in the hand and fired by Gustave Blumish, now at large, the night of Saturday 27, about 8 o'clock p.m. The ball having penetrated the lumbar region between the 5th and 6th lumbar vertebra perforating twice the small intesstine, cut the cervical vein producing death in about 30 hours and we charge Gustave Blumish of the crime of murder. Jurors were Joseph B. Friedman, Joseph Marchand, William Freeway, John Willis, Henry Beerfees, and J. F. Mojonnier, Coroner.

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