Scott County Kicker
Scott County Kicker
Contributed by Gigimo

Description: Ends Life to Escape Woman. Suicide Follows Fight in Which One of Married Rivals Stabs Other.

Date: March 28 1908

Newspaper published in: Benton, MO

Following the finding in a buggy of Mrs. Jennie FARMER, probably fatally stabbed and the arrest of Mrs. Nancy DAVENPORT at the office of Dr. Henry C. JORGENSEN Thursday night. Dr. JORGENSEN was found dead in his office Thursday. The body lay on a lounge, and it was apparently a case of suicide. The Coroner will hold an autopsy this evening.

The first information the police received of the affair was a telephone message from FARMER's home Thursday night that Mrs. FARMER had a stab wound in her breast. She accused Mrs. DAVENPORT, the wife of John M. DAVENPORT, president of the Abstract Title Guarantee company. Mrs. FARMER said she went to call at JORGENSEN's office, where she met Mrs. DAVENPORT, and the two came to blows, but she remembered nothing more.

Doctor Tried to Deceive Police.

When the police called on JORGENSEN he first denied any knowledge of trouble between the two women, but the police later found Mrs. DAVENPORT in a room above the doctor's office. JORGENSEN then said the two women fought in his office, but that he had seen no knife, and that after the fight was over Mrs. FARMER entered her buggy and drove away.

Before becoming unconscious Mrs. FARMER said that when she entered the doctor's office, Mrs. DAVENPORT was there and accused her of trying to win the doctor's love.

The buggy in which Mrs. FARMER was found was in the middle of the street, where the horse had stopped, several squares from the FARMER home.

The husband of Mrs. DAVENPORT says his wife was formerly in an asylum in Kansas, and that he knew this when he married her.

Recently Mrs. DAVENPORT caused a sensation by an attack on a young stenographer in her husband's office.

Submitted: 03/20/16

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