Contributed by Gigimo
Description: B. T. Man Burned to Death in Jail.Date: January 17 1930
Newspaper published in: Leadwood, MO
L. B. RAUTH, 30 years old, owner of a tire and vulcanizing shop in Bonne Terre, was found dead in a smoke filled cell o the city jail there Sunday morning, apparently suffocated as a result of a fire that destroyed the bed clothing and partly singed his body.
RAUTH, who had been in business there for several years and had formerly operated a picture show at Elvins, Mo., was arrested by police Saturday night in the business district on a charge of intoxication Taken to the jail he was searched and officers took a box of matches from his clothing. Supposing that he had no other matches, they placed him in jail overnight, with plans to release him Sunday morning.
At about nine o'clock smoke was discovered issuing from the jail, and the fire department was summoned. After some difficulty in opening the door, an entrance was made, and RAUTH apparently dead for at least an hour, was found on the floor.
The cell was not damaged because of its fire proof construction of concrete and heavily barred window. The theory is that the blaze was started from a lighted cigarette.
RAUTH is survived by his widow and two small children.