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St. Louis Post Dispatch
St. Louis Post Dispatch
Contributed by Gigimo

Description: An Unnatural Father.

Date: September 15 1889

Newspaper published in: St. Louis, MO

Parkersburg, W. Va., August 17.

A sensation was created in this city this morning by the arrest of Finley CHALFANT, a one-legged ex-soldier, for the crime of incest with his daughter Node. The woman was married some months since to Charles GILMORE, another ex-soldier. She has a child about 3 years old, which it is alleged, is the child of her own father. CHALFANT had been suspected of the crime for sometime, but positive proof could not be obtained by detectives until as evening or two since. His arrest and the details of his crime horrified the community among which CHALFANT was well known. In default of heavy bond he was committed to jail to answer before the Circuit Court. CHALFANT's crime is said to have begun when the girl was 15, extending up to and after her marriage with GILMORE.

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