Monday, March 14, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 14

March 14, 1883 – This forenoon, Karl Winter shot a young woman named Louise Levi with a revolver at the Northwestern depot in Mankato. It was a case of disappointed love. Levi was visiting her sister in Mankato, and Winter had followed her there from St. Paul.

The girl’s father came on the scene. He and his daughter were just going to leave on this morning’s train when Winter followed them to the depot and fired on the girl. The ball went through her right arm and made a flesh wound across her back. Her injury is not serious.

Winter then shot himself and was more successful. The ball entered the region of the heart and made an “ugly hole.” At this time, he is still alive, but will die. He is said to have run a barber shop in St. Paul.

The girl’s father says that Winter has a wife in the old country, which is the reason he would not allow him in his daughter’s company.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Wanted Her Blood. A Love-Crazed Barber’s Bloody Work. He shoots His Former Mistress Because Her Father Forbade their marriage and Kills Himself—Her Wounds Slight.”; March 15, 1883; p. 1.

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