Contributed by Gigimo
Description: A Dark Domestic TragedyDate: July 23 1881
Newspaper published in: St. Louis, MO
Estillville (Va.) Special to Chicago Times.
Considerable excitement has been occasioned here and in surrounding counties by the death, under harrowing circumstances, of Mrs. James A. BRINCKLEY at the residence of her husband, near this village. The deceased was the wife of James A. BRINCKLEY, a well-to-do merchant and farmer doing business near here. It seems that some time since a charming governess was employed for BRINCKLEY's children. After the new-comer had been installed in the family a few months she succeeded in gaining the affections of the husband. The wife naturally became terribly jealous, and at once set about prevailing on BRINCKLEY to dismiss the governess. He, however, would not consent to this. Convinced that the man and woman were criminally intimate, the injured wife ordered the girl to leave the house, and availing herself of the temporary absence of BRINCKLEY, a few weeks ago, she put the governess out and forced her to quit the premises. Upon the return of the husband and lover the girl was reinstated, and told to remain as long as she saw fit. Three days ago the wronged wife died suddenly, without any premonitory symptoms of any serious malady. The circumstances related caused the neighbors to suspect that some foul wrong had been committed. An investigation was had today. The body of the deceased was disinterred and subjected to a medical examination. The widower coolly took a piece of bush and kept the flies off the body while the autopsy was going on. Many bruises were discovered about the chest, and it was ascertained that the skull had been crushed by some heavy instrument. During this investigation the governess remained in the house and calmly awaited the result. A warrant was issued for the arrest of the husband. The affair has caused the most intense excitement among the better class of people in this section.