Saturday, November 21, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 21

November 21, 1905 – Stella Brennan, accused of killing her three stepchildren, Elizabeth Brennan, 15; Alice Brennan, 10; and Arthur Brennan, 5, was indicted today by the Hennepin County grand jury for murder in the first degree. The coroner’s jury had found that Mrs. Brennan had done the killing and this made the work of the grand jury comparatively easy.

The principal witness against Mrs. Brennan is her stepson Tommy, 10, who was wounded at the time the other children were killed.

Brennan Children - Elizabeth, Tommy, Alice and Arthur
Minnesota Historical Society File Photo

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Indicted by Grand Jury. Mrs. Brennan of Minneapolis Faces Murder Charge.”; Nov. 23, 1905, p. 4

The Minneapolis Tribune; “Jury Says Murder. Mrs. Stella Brennan Has Been Indicted on Charge of Killing Her Stepchildren.”; Nov. 22, 1905; p. 6.

Murder of three Brennan children while they slept; oldest son and stepmother shot; see Nov. 4, 2015 blog
Stella Brennan indicted by coroner’s jury for murder of stepdaughter; see Nov. 9, 2015blog


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