Thursday, August 3, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 3

August 3, 1903 – Minneapolis Police Superintendent Conroy is not superstitious, but he has almost decided to abolish cell No. 13 at the central police station or to forbid its use; so many unpleasant incidents have occurred in connection with the cell. Three men have died there, half a dozen a dozen have committed suicide and as many more have been taken violently ill and sent to the city hospital.

Today Daniel Austin, a laborer, attempted to commit suicide in the cell. He tied a handkerchief about his neck, fastened it to the ceiling of the cell and then jumped from the upper bunk. When he was cut down, a few minutes later, he was unconscious and remained in that condition for several minutes. He was locked up again after being put in a strait jacket, but he beat his head against the iron bars with such violence that he cut open his scalp and had to be sent to the city hospital.

The Minneapolis Journal; “Cell Number 13. Its Already Bad Record Made Worse Yesterday.”; Aug. 4, 1903; p. 7.


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