The Kansas City Star
The Kansas City Star
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Description: Shot Twice to Kill Himself. When First Shotgun Charge Failed, Earl JOHNSON, Wichita, Kas., Reloaded.

Date: October 12 1911

Newspaper published in: Kansas City, MO

Wichita, Kas., Oct. 11.

Earl JOHNSON, 21 years old, son of E. J. JOHNSON, a farmer at Winfield, took a .12 gauge shotgun to a pasture on his father's farm near town this morning, and after writing a note on a smooth stone saying cigarettes were the cause of his death, shot himself through the body. The charge converged under the left arm.

The shot did not cause death. JOHNSON reloaded the gun and blew a hole through his left breast and heart. This shot was fatal. JOHNSON had been despondent for some time and told his parents he expected he would not live long. A 16 year old high school girl, with whom JOHNSON had been going, refused yesterday to permit him to call longer.

Submitted: 02/25/14 (Edited 02/25/14)

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