Monday, November 23, 2015

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 23

November 23, 1914 – Mrs. Charlotte Sharpless’ attorneys, John P. Nash and A. C. Finney, announced today that two insurance policies totaling $5,000 on the life of her dead husband Leaming Sharpless have been found, both of which name his wife as the beneficiary.

Leaming Sharpless*

Mrs. Sharpless told her attorneys that her husband had a strong box in which he kept his valuable papers. This box was not found. The policies were found among other papers in the couple’s apartment.

Her trial for the murder of her husband has been set for Dec. 2.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Sharpless Had Insurance. Two Policies for $5,000 Make Wife Beneficiary.”; Nov. 23, 1914; p. 7.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Sharpless Trial, Dec. 2. Trial of Woman Charges With Husband’s Murder Set for That Date.”; Nov. 24, 1914; p. 12.

*The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; Nov. 18, 1914; p. 1.

Leaming Sharpless murdered by saber; wife in next room hears nothing; see Nov. 14, 2015 blog.

Blood-stained imprint of fingers on the sword that killed Leaming Sharpless may be the principal means of determining the murderer; see 
Nov. 15, 2015 blog.

Mrs. Sharpless indicted by the Hennepin County Grand Jury for murder in the first degree in the killing of her husband; see Nov. 17, 2015 blog.


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